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Switching to a monitor from a laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by subnet_rx, Nov 29, 2005.

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  1. subnet_rx

    subnet_rx Thread Starter

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    My friend's laptop's backlight just apparently broke. So, you can barely see the screen when it boots up. I hooked it up to my monitor so she could retrieve documents and files for the time being, but after the Windows XP Home boot screen, the monitor loses the feed and turns off. On the laptop screen, it continues to boot up like normal. What's going on? Do I have to change a setting to get Windows to output to the monitor?
     
  2. steveb1492

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    Did you try Function-F3, Function-F5, Function-F7, or Function-F9 (one of these should work - I cant be any more specific because i dont know the make or model of the laptop). One of those should switch the video mode to the monitor.
     
  3. subnet_rx

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    worked like a charm, thanks.
     
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