I have an acer laptop. Activating the external monitor is differently done than on my previous computers. It took me a while to figure out the SIMPLE answer. Just right click the desktop and choose graphics options/external monitor.
I have a Acer TravelMate 5320 (whit Mobile Intel 965 Video Chipset),
My problem... I want to attache a external monitor couse the case in witch is the laptop lcd is in has broken (including the 2 metal legs that hold it to the arms that attache the lcd with the main laptop body)...
So wath is going on: I attached the external monitor... it is detected, I could go in bios (there is nothing there for primary display)... I see Windows Loading (I use windows XP) but when it haves to enter windows... the exernal monitor goes on stand by.
I tried everithyng... (including the keys FN + F5 witch should select the external monitor)... but it doesn't work.
if your laptop monitor isn't working at all, disconnect it. plug in the external, and then boot. if the laptops lcd is disconnected, the external will be the default monitor. I currently own two laptops with broken screens, they make decent little media centers (not for bluray of course) and sometimes you can get them cheap off ebay.
don't worry if you haven't opened your computer before. you're posting on forums, so you have access to google, and google can show you exactly how to do it. only the video cable (and sometimes a ground wire) need to be unplugged. the hardest part of the process is removing the keyboard (and its not that bad). hope this helps someone, and good luck all.
i have a pavillion dv6000 and the screen is broken as well as the hard drive, so I am busy trying to fix it. I am trying to load vista on it but I cannot see the screen. but when I hook up my monitor to it nothing happens, my friend told me to ress fn and try the function buttons as well but nothing is working, I have no idea what I should do, any ideas?
THIS REPLY IS TO 4 ben, on Sunday January 18, 2009 07:23:11 PM
"I have an HP Pavillion dv6000 and I would like to hook up another moniter to use dual screens but that monitor uses a blue 15 pin adapter and my laptop doesn not have a port for that... Is it possible to have a converter. The lapotp has an expansion port 3 and some other ports but Im not sure how to use these..."
I HAVE THE SAME COMPUTER.... (HP Pavillion dv6000)
I CONECTED A EXTERNAL MONITOR AND PRESSED FN + F4 TWO TIMES AND NOW I CAN SEE THE IMAGES IN THE TWO MONITORS...:)
I connected my Lenovo 3000 laptop to excternal lcd with the suitable cable , but there is no response , and the messege in Excternal Lcd still (no signal or testing).
and I tried all function keys with and without (Alt , Fn , ctrl) , and tried to make any solution from display setting.
What can I do please ?!!!!!!
I also attached an external monitor to my laptop (Dell Studio 15) and it works ok for most stuff. But I also like to play a game and watch a movie on the second screen (yes, I play games where you can watch TV on the side), but I can stream fine, but when I watch a DVD it doesn't work. I just see a black background or a grey screen, but no movie.
Do I have to fumble with the settinggs or is it not possible? It worked fine with my old laptop (IBM T42).
Thanks a lot.
Connect the monitor, flat panel, or projector to the laptop's 15-pin video connection on the back of the computer as shown to the right. Once connected, your laptop may automatically switch to the new external display or you may be required to press a sequence of keys in order to switch from the laptop to the external display.
Right click an area of your desktop and select properties. Than, select the tab on the top of the window that says "settings". After you do all that, you should see two boxes inside another box. The boxes should be labled "1 and 2". If they are not, click on the option that says "identify". After that, click on the box that has the 2 on it. There should be two unchecked boxes. One says :"Extend my windows desktop onto this monitor" the other one says :"use this device as the primary monitor". Click on the box that says: "extend my windows desktop onto this monitor".
I have an HP Pavilion zv6000 with windows xp. I have connected a 2nd screen (dell) and have spread the desktop over the two screens. Only problem is: the laptop screen is now the secondary screen and I want it to be the primary screen. Is there anywhere I can change that? I have tried right click on the desktop, gone to properties and tried changing it there, but I can't...
If someone could help me that would be fantastic...
Toshiba Satellite A100, XP SP3, TFT-Monitor MD 20110:
After updating monitor driver it was possible, to identify second monitor (necessary for using second monitor as extended desktop).
then see above.
"Just right click the desktop and choose graphics options/external monitor"