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Old 07-21-2007, 11:17 AM   #1
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Using external monitor with laptop? Wont work

I have an Acer Aspire notebook, and an Acer monitor. I was told I simply connect the vga cable to the laptop, pres the "Fn" key and "F6" key at the same time and it should switch over...but it does nothing for a second or two (blck screen on laptop), then the image returns to the laptop....nothing happens on the monitor


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Old 07-21-2007, 11:21 AM   #2
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For the record, the image DOES appear on the monitor when I start the laptop witht he VGA connected... but when I get to the windows login screen, nothing will work
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Old 07-21-2007, 11:36 AM   #3
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Another note: I did get it to get a signal earlier, by going to control panel>display>settings, clicked monitor 2, checked" extend my windows blah blah" and then BAM it had an image....but its JUST my wallpaper.

When i scroll to the right side of my laptop, the mouse appears on monitor, but there's nothing there but a shrunken version of my laptop wallpaper.
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Old 07-21-2007, 11:39 AM   #4
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muhahaha...i got it....but since i have a thread, can someone tell me if/how i could hook up my external keyboard to the laptop an use it instead?
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Old 07-21-2007, 11:39 AM   #5
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I have a 19 inch LCD monitor hooked to my Gateway laptop and I press the FN key and f4 to toggle between the external monitor and laptop monitor.

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Old 07-21-2007, 11:42 AM   #6
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nevermind again. i thin im going to delete this dumb thread! i got the external keyboard and mouse working as well as the monitor.


i just couldnt have done it without your support guys...thanks
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Thank you for calling the ER IT helpdesk. How can we be of service? Can you please give me the model number of your computer and the name of the salesman that sold it to you. Can you tell me if the computer is plugged in now? Also, have you located the Power button? Good, now that you have located the power button, please gently depress it 2/3rds of the way in and pray.

I have spent waaaay too much time with these guys. I could easily recite their scripts from memory. They always start off by asking if the computer is plugged in
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You forgot "delete all your files and settings and reload the operating system and applications..."

Toughest tech support question I ever had to ask, at the age of about 17, was if the lady having intermittent crash problems with her word processing system was wearing nylons with no shoes.

Smart engineer thought that one up, he'd apparently seen it before. Since we had replaced the entire machine and this one user was still the only one with the problem, it had to be her.

She was flipping off her shoes, walking across the carpet, picking up a static charge, then when she touched the disk drive to put in a floppy, hitting it with the discharge.

She wasnt excited about the "what are you wearing?" tech support question. I definitely had some splaining to do.
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You forgot "delete all your files and settings and reload the operating system and applications..."

Toughest tech support question I ever had to ask, at the age of about 17, was if the lady having intermittent crash problems with her word processing system was wearing nylons with no shoes.

Smart engineer thought that one up, he'd apparently seen it before. Since we had replaced the entire machine and this one user was still the only one with the problem, it had to be her.

She was flipping off her shoes, walking across the carpet, picking up a static charge, then when she touched the disk drive to put in a floppy, hitting it with the discharge.

She wasnt excited about the "what are you wearing?" tech support question. I definitely had some splaining to do.

so she WAS sporting the nylons? thats great!
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Oh yeah, that was the problem. We had her touch the metal on her desk to discharge before touching the keyboard after that and the problems went away.

Yep, she was electrifying.
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