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How to connect dell Laptop to TV.

I have a VGA to RCA converter going from my laptop to my tv but my laptop says, "no external display attached"

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  • roblpetty Jun 03, 2010

    I i did that when i press that, that's when it gives me the no display attached message. I need to find a way to get my computer to recognize that it's attached



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Press Fn+F8 to enable your external monitor/TV.

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