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Hello, I am trying to trouble shoot a Toshiba Satellite a70-s256 laptop. When powered up, the lights go on but there is nothing on the screen. I am attempting to use an external monitor to further troubleshoot..and I am seeing nothing on the external monitor when I attach it to the laptop and power it up. The external monitor does work I just tested in on my own working laptop. But my working laptop has a black rectangular button to the far left from the letter keys to press to have external montitor display what my laptop is displaying. I do not see such a button on the Toshiba satellite that I am trying to fix. What am I missing here? Or is this nonworking laptop so old that it does not have a external monitor feature? Your help is greatly appreciated! Thank you! Barb

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Hi Barb,

On the Toshiba A70 you should try holding down the fn key at lower left and pressing the F5 key which is the video transfer keyboard command for pretty much every Toshiba laptop. Otherwise, their little pictograms on the F keys almost always have a tiny representation of a laptop next to a monitor.

Hope this is helpful.

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