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LCD Monitor isn't recognized

I had the DC power jack repaired on my Armada M700. After reassembling the system I booted up and started out fine. Compaq Logo came up when Laptop made jump to Bios screen went black. I thought perhaps a bad connection no such luck. Hooked up an external monitor to test. Booted up Compaq logo on the LCD, jumps to bios LCD goes black and external monitor took over. Laptop runs fine other than LCD won't come up. Went into bios change settings no luck. Change Video driver no luck. I can't figure out what it is. It isn't mechanical all connections are solid. Has to be in the bios but I flashed updated bios and it still won't work. Anyone overcome this problem in the past? I am stumped.

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One of 3 things..
1. Corrupt BIOS..try to reflash older version.
2. Failing LCD..Check the cable and connections.
3. Failing CMOS chip..may need to be replaced.

Posted on Jun 07, 2008

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    Swilin Sampson Jun 07, 2008

    Have you tried to remove all power including CMOS battery? Leave for 5 minutes then try it.

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    Swilin Sampson Jun 07, 2008

    You may also want to try to reseat/replace the memory modules and see if that helps..
    Try this as well..Uninstall the display adapter in the Device Manager and reboot the system (if you get that far on the external monitor, that is..)

    You may also likely have a faulty LCD inverter.

    Please see THIS query on a different forum for some added info..


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Have a look at page 2-24 of link below:

Display was switched to the
external monitor.

Press Fn+F4 to display information
on the computer screen; press
Fn+F4 again to display information
simultaneously on both screens.

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c01120667/c01120667.pdf

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The Armada M700 will output graphics ti an external monitor when you press one of the function keys, F4 or F7,

hope this will help

Posted on Jun 07, 2008

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    Legin Varghese Jun 07, 2008

    the Fn+F4 combo works during the memory test screen. Once u have loaded windows its disabled and then output to external monitor is via the Video drivers set. Also chekc your BIOS for any setting related to external monitor. To output to the monitor in windows you will need the drivers from HP/Compaq itself and no way arnd that. Generic drivers wont be having that option.
    If done correctly in the display properties yuo will get the option to switch desktops and whne u click on #2 your monitor shud become active. Also for this ur monitor cable needs to be plugged into teh 15 pin MOnitor female plug on the laptop not the TV out etc. Also sometimes you need to do the external monitor switch before windows starts booting up and not after.





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Try putting a different version of the bios on the system and let me know how that works out. With the second monitor, can you get all the way to the desktop and everything? Please let me know.

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It is not neccesary to power your system on and off. Removing the battery for the CMOS ( complimentary metal oxide semiconductor ) will reset the BIOS (Basic input/output system) to default settings. There might also be an option within the BIOS to "Load Defaults" if that is all you are looking to do. You can also check your manual to see if you can locate a BIOS reset jumper on your motherboard.

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It is an issue with the LCD on your laptop as you get a fine display on external monitor
either get it repaired from a local technician
or get the LCD replaced

Posted on Jun 07, 2008

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