How do I use my tv as a second monitor

Dell / Vostro1510
April 29, 2009 at 11:52:38
Specs: Windows Vista
OK so I have a cord that connects my laptop's vga out to the tv's RGB. How do I get the display on the laptop to appear on the tv. Right now there is just a black screen.

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#1
April 29, 2009 at 12:32:30
Assuming you have got the correct cable(?), there's usually a key combination (Fn and one of the function keys) that toggles the display between onboard, external or both. It will be mentioned in your manual or go to the manufacturer's website if you need exact details.

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#2
April 29, 2009 at 16:32:46
Open control panel and select display, you should have 2 monitor icons showing, if the TV is connected and pc mode selected.
There will be options for using 1 or 2 monitors and clone mode or independant and which to use as primary.
Clone mode will reduce the resolution on the laptop to that of the tv.
For independant mode you will need to set the tv to it's native resolution, for most tv's this is 1360 X 768, check the tv manual.
In this mode you will see just the bare desktop screen on the tv, no icons or controls.
To view a program or window on the tv, drag it across untill it displays on the tv.

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#3
April 29, 2009 at 22:34:34
Try on checking the manual of your Laptop. I think it has guide on what to do on it.

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#4
April 29, 2009 at 23:27:08
thanks for the help guys, much appreciated

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