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How do I hook up my lap top to another monitor. pressing FN and F4 doesn't seem to work or I'm doing something wrong.

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Most laptops have an auxilliary video output, usually a VGA port (usually the color is blue with 15 tiny holes) on the side or an HDMI port. You can connect a monitor through these ports, and the display that should show on the laptop's lcd will be also displayed on the monitor.

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