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Look for the VGA output, there you'll connect the external CRT or LCD monitor signal cable (VGA input), at the funtions keys (F1 to F12) find the one that has a monitor or screen icon, it activates using the Fn and the found funcion key.
If you are replacing the LCD panel, the first step is to check if the screen frame has covered screws (commonly there are two), if it doesn´t have them, the frame is only set by inner clamps and can be separated with your nails and fingers carefully, after removing the screen frame you'll have access to LCD panel that is assembled usually in a metal frame, look for all the screws that hold panel, also carefully identify and disconnect all the cables that the panel uses. Look for the LCD panel model, but also you can buy it using the make and model of your laptop, to install it follow the reverse steps of above.

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