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How do I turn on the external vga port on the back of my Dell inspiron 1200 laptop? If I hook a monitor to it, is there a way to turn it on?

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If you hook a2nd monitor to the port do it with power off and restart, the system will find it and try to install the driver , but you can find the latest driver , save it and follow the steps above.

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Dell 1703fpi LCD monitor,

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I got that part Dan.........

What I need is what Model Number of Dell Inspiron it is.
This is on the Bottom of the Inspiron laptop.

Why?
Because I do not know if the Dell Inspiron laptop you have, has a DVI port, or a VGA port; for an external monitor......

Generic information while I wait.........

Example of Digital Visual Interface port, and corresponding cable,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Visual_Interface

Example of Video Graphics Array port,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VGA_connector

Can be on the side, or back of laptop.

Laptop OFF, monitor OFF, connect the matching video cable from the external monitor; to the laptop.
Now turn the laptop on.....

By factory default settings, the display should now show on the external monitor. (Dell 1703fpi)
No?

There are at least 3 display options available;
1) Internal monitor of laptop ONLY
2) Internal monitor of laptop AND external monitor
3) External monitor ONLY

Press, and hold down on the Fn key. (Usually 2nd key from left on bottom row of keyboard)
AT THE SAME time tap once on the Display Toggle-Over key.

Which one is that? Dunno.
Laptop model number was not stated.
For a Dell Inspiron though, it's usually the F8 key.
(F1 through F12 keys at the top of the keyboard)

Hold the Fn key down, and at the same time tap once on the F8 key.
Still no?
Hold the Fn key down again, and tap once more on the F8 key.

IF, F8 is the correct key for Display Toggle-Over, and there is no display on the external Dell 1703fpi; then I suggest you have a problem with the video chipset; on the motherboard.......

Awaiting reply in a Comment.

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joecoolvette

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I have a toshiba laptop with bad screen.I would like hook up external monitor as a primary monitor


Laptops dating back some 10yrs ago had VGA ports on them. Unless your Toshiba is a dinosaur, it should also contain the VGA port. From this port, you could hook up an external desktop style monitor and still use your laptop.

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I want to connect my dell inspiron 1525 to my lcd hd ready tv but have no idea how to? Does anyone have any advice?


The 1525has a a hdmi port which you can plug a hdmi cord into. This may not support the audio. the tv and pc should detect the new monitor automatically or you may have to toggle it by hitting F4 key.

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Want to connect my Dell laptop to my ViewSonic monitor-help!


Just connect the VGA 15 pin cable from the monitor to the VGA port on the laptop.
Turn on the monitor then the computer.
Hopefully Windows will find new hardware and ask you to run the multiple display wizard.
If the external display doesn't automatically turn on then you need to hit a keystroke combination. FN+ the key on the top row that has an icon that looks like a picture of a monitor. Usually an F key.
This keystroke combination switches between LCD, external Monitor and both.
When you get video on the external monitor, then you can get into the display control panel and change the resolutions and display modes to your liking!
Good luck!

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When I turn on my laptop there is a blank screen. Everything is workin except no picture.


try to connect an external monitor to the the vga to make sure everything works fine, if so you may have a defective backlight.

Mar 03, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 1200 Notebook

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I am trying to connect my laptop to the TV and would appreciated if someone could share information about connection details My dell inspiron 501 laptop has only the VGA port. The lowest resolution that...


Your dell should pick the TV up as a monitor if you have the VGA cable connected. The vga cable has a blue color on the TV but on the laptop, the color of the port is usally brown or dark in color. Windows should pick up on the new device and enable it. The Dell has an Fn key combination to allow you to toggle through the integrated / external monitor choices that you would have with two monitors active, that being clone both desktops to both monitors, extend the desktop from the laptop to the TV, use only the tv and turn the integrated off, use just the integrated and leave the TV off. The key combination is: Fn + F8

Jan 12, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 1501 Notebook

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Boot and screen


Did you try to use external monitor (plug to the port VGA output) ? if you can see something on the external monitor, should be problem with the small monitor switch (when you close your notebook then become standby an monitor blank)

Dec 16, 2009 | Dell Inspiron 1501 Notebook

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My laptop have a problem to start when i start it no disply just the light blinks for few movments then he gone off its a dell inspiron 6400


sound like a bad inverter on the screen (kinda like the ballast for a florecent light) does it work if you hook a monitor to it?? I belive that model had an external monitor hookup a blue vga port and you will probably have to turn the port on use th F/N key (function) hold that down and push key that has a little blue monitor on it shouldbe one of the F keys (f1 f2 f3 ect. at the top of the keyboard) Let me know what happens Thanks

Nov 06, 2009 | Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook

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I have a inspiron 1525, my screen was shattered and i can't see anything but am wanting to extract my files for school purposes. how do i extract them when i can't see anything? and also can my screen be...


Try this...Hook up an external monitor to the VGA port and hit the FN+F8 key. This should switch video over to a monitor.

From there you can access your files and move them.

Nov 02, 2009 | Dell Inspiron 1525 Notebook

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Inspiron 1200 Dead Screen


At first glance, I'd say "bad video/motherboard" ...however, when you hook up an external monitor, you also need to first switch into "external LCD" mode. On the Dell laptop, hit FN and F8 I believe to switch between LCD and external. It will go through several modes...LCD only, external only, neither, and both. Keep switching until you see something on the external.

If you never see output on the external, you've got a video/motherboard problem. If under warranty, contact Dell and place a support call.

If not under warranty, you're looking at anywhere from $200-$400 for a new motherboard, plus labor for someone to install it.

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