My laptops primary monitor has been chaanged

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marassaya - Jan 2, 2010 at 11:47 AM
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- Jan 2, 2010 at 12:25 PM
Hello,
i have a laptop with a broken screen, and we've hooked up a regular monitor so we can still use it.. somehow the default got changed so that the desktop monitor is the primary monitor.. and now we can only have the monitor on when the laptop is shut. but to type we need to open it. but to type we have to open the laptop. (sorry about this i can't see what I'm typing. how do i change it back so the primary monitor is the laptop again?)

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Jan 2, 2010 at 11:56 AM
You have a function key that changes the active screen to the external monitor. You should be able to change it using that key. On my Dell it's F8 + Fn on my Compaq it's F3 + Fn.

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i"ve tried that and i have a Toshiba, i think its either f5 or f9 as f8 is wy fi. any other suggestions??? please??
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Jan 2, 2010 at 12:11 PM
Can you connect an external keyboard (either PS2 or USB). If this laptop uses an Intel chipset my might be able to right click on an empty area of screen and select "graphics properties" that brings up the "intel graphics med1a accelerator driver" screen - you can change the "display devices" in that screen.

Is there a way to fool the laptop into thinking that the screen is closed? Some laptops have a pin on the lid that presses a switch that in a hole on the case bottom. A paper clip in the hole can make the laptop think the lid is closed.

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i can't seem to fing where the part that senses it closes is. grrr... and i could hook up a keybord. they hve usb ones? right?
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You could connect both a USB keyboard and a USB mouse.
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