How do I get an external monitor to display my laptop?

Discussion in 'Smartphones, Computers, Gaming and Networking' started by Matt Johnson, May 9, 2007.

  1. Matt Johnson

    Matt Johnson New Member

    I have my monitor hooked into the laptop port that matches the connector, but no image goes to the monitor.

    I thought there was a function key I had to hit to send it to the monitor, but I can't remember it...HELP!
  2. Ken McDaniel

    Ken McDaniel Active Member War Zone Member

    On my dell laptop, it's Fctn-F8. It toggles from LCD to CRT to LCD/CRT.
  3. David Head

    David Head New Member

    On my Dell laptop, I have a control panel that allows me to use two monitors at once (the laptop and external monitor). This lets you drag windows from one screen to the other. You should be able to go into the Display Control Panel, choose Settings and click Advanced to get to the option if it is available. I can also open the display driver control panel itself (Intel Graphics in my case) and set the options. It lets me choose which is the primary monitor and which is the secondary monitor. I set mine up to use my external monitor as the primary when it is connected. When I only have the laptop on, it defaults to the laptop monitor.
  4. Ken McDaniel

    Ken McDaniel Active Member War Zone Member

    David, great point.

    Matt, are you trying to set it up as a dual monitor or just for external display? Either way, you should be good to go.

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