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Using external monitor on XP Home Edition Notebook

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Using external monitor on XP Home Edition Notebook

rksutton
I am trying to use an external monitor off of a Dell Inspiron 8100 notebook and docking station. The notebook runs Windows XP Home.

When I boot the notebook, the external monitor begins to display showing the Windows XP windows. At some point during the start-up, it seems like the external monitor shuts off or the start-up shifts the primary display to the notebook.

The external goes black.

Related to this, when I am using the notebook monitor and I open Windows Media Player (for example), the external monitor will go back ON to display the video (as well as on the notebook display).

When docked, the external monitor will always be used. Undocked, use the notebook monitor.

HELP!
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    OH Smeg

    You will find a Key to switch between the Internal and external Monitors this looks like 2 monitor screens one on top of the other.

    When you are not using the Docking Station everything is controlled by the NB.

    If all else fails Read the Manual.

    http://tinyurl.com/36v3zt

    Col

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    1bn0

    It sounds like either the monitor cable is not securely connected or the notebook is not securely seated in the docking station. This might cause the computer to think the monitor has been disconnected and switch to the internal LCD.

    Other than that everything else sounds like normal behaviour for a docked notebook.

    If the problem persists I would suspect a defective docking station/port replicator.

    To test disconnect the docking station and connect the monitor directly to the notebook. Boot the notebook both with the monitor connected but off and connected with it on. After booting with the monitor on, disconnect it from the notebook. The notebook should switch back to the LCD.

    Closing the notebook lid while running will have various behaviours depending on your power settings.

    When I close the lid:
    Suspend
    Do nothing

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    rksutton

    I will check the connection tonight, although I do not believe it to be the issue.

    When I am using the docked notebook and its LCD screen and I view a video in Windows Media Player, the external monitor "turns back on" (the computer again recognizes the external monitor) and the video is displayed on the external monitor (as well as the LCD on the notebook).

    It seems there is a setting I am missing. In display settings, I am unable to change (uncheck) the primary monitor setting from the LCD to the external.

    Any other thoughts?

    Thanks for your reply.

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    OldER Mycroft

    They both look nice UNTIL you start using them.

    I intensely dislike both!

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    schaeen

    I've got the same issue. Did you get yours solved? I suspect your solution will solve my problem as well.

    When I boot up the display is on my monitor but when the desktop is about to be displayed the display switches to my LCD screen. When I check my display settings it says the monitor is not connected...but if I reboot it will use that monitor connection until the desktop displays. Any ideas????

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    rksutton

    The external monitor I was using was an older 15" CRT. I used another (newer) monitor just to test. And....it works fine!

    I do not know if the issue is that it is an older monitor, drivers, etc.

    Wish I could have helped more. If you monitor is older, it may be time!

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    wwolexx

    I have a similar problem. My Acer monitor works with my Dell Inspiron 1300 ( the LCD is broken). My only problem is that i can not do a system restore because my external monitor only comes on when the windows login is on. I need to do a Ctrl+F11 at strat up and go through the steps. I cant do that blindly cos the start up defaults to the laptop's screen which is broken.
    I have tried all the graphics settings but none worked.

    Please HELP!!!

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    david.wallis

    usually swaps between displays

    or fn and another function key

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    OH Smeg

    You will find a Key to switch between the Internal and external Monitors this looks like 2 monitor screens one on top of the other.

    When you are not using the Docking Station everything is controlled by the NB.

    If all else fails Read the Manual.

    http://tinyurl.com/36v3zt

    Col

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    1bn0

    It sounds like either the monitor cable is not securely connected or the notebook is not securely seated in the docking station. This might cause the computer to think the monitor has been disconnected and switch to the internal LCD.

    Other than that everything else sounds like normal behaviour for a docked notebook.

    If the problem persists I would suspect a defective docking station/port replicator.

    To test disconnect the docking station and connect the monitor directly to the notebook. Boot the notebook both with the monitor connected but off and connected with it on. After booting with the monitor on, disconnect it from the notebook. The notebook should switch back to the LCD.

    Closing the notebook lid while running will have various behaviours depending on your power settings.

    When I close the lid:
    Suspend
    Do nothing

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    rksutton

    I will check the connection tonight, although I do not believe it to be the issue.

    When I am using the docked notebook and its LCD screen and I view a video in Windows Media Player, the external monitor "turns back on" (the computer again recognizes the external monitor) and the video is displayed on the external monitor (as well as the LCD on the notebook).

    It seems there is a setting I am missing. In display settings, I am unable to change (uncheck) the primary monitor setting from the LCD to the external.

    Any other thoughts?

    Thanks for your reply.

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    OldER Mycroft

    They both look nice UNTIL you start using them.

    I intensely dislike both!

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    schaeen

    I've got the same issue. Did you get yours solved? I suspect your solution will solve my problem as well.

    When I boot up the display is on my monitor but when the desktop is about to be displayed the display switches to my LCD screen. When I check my display settings it says the monitor is not connected...but if I reboot it will use that monitor connection until the desktop displays. Any ideas????

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    rksutton

    The external monitor I was using was an older 15" CRT. I used another (newer) monitor just to test. And....it works fine!

    I do not know if the issue is that it is an older monitor, drivers, etc.

    Wish I could have helped more. If you monitor is older, it may be time!

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    wwolexx

    I have a similar problem. My Acer monitor works with my Dell Inspiron 1300 ( the LCD is broken). My only problem is that i can not do a system restore because my external monitor only comes on when the windows login is on. I need to do a Ctrl+F11 at strat up and go through the steps. I cant do that blindly cos the start up defaults to the laptop's screen which is broken.
    I have tried all the graphics settings but none worked.

    Please HELP!!!

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    david.wallis

    usually swaps between displays

    or fn and another function key