Keyboard strokes to swithc to external monito

December 15, 2010 at 05:33:10
Specs: Windows XP
Need key strokes to switch xp laptop to tv monitor.

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December 15, 2010 at 06:59:22
"Keyboard strokes to swithc to external monito"

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"Need key strokes to switch xp laptop to tv monitor."

can be for two different outputs, the second one being either a monitor mode on a newer TV, or a TV Out output that usually doesn't require you press a key or key combo.

Some laptops will display on an external monitor without you having to do anything.

"External monitor" can either be a computer monitor, or a VGA or DVI port on a newer TV.
A VGA or DVI port on a newer TV requires you select an input on the TV other than TV - e.g. PC, VGA, DVI for the laptop's video output. .

If you get no video on an external monitor, some laptops have a key combo that you must press to toggle the display to external video only / sometimes both / built in display video only - see the Owner's or User's manual for the model.
E.g. Fn + some other key.

OR
- when the VGA or DVI cable is connected between the laptop and the TV, or to a computer monitor, go to your Display Properties in Windows and enable the second display.
E.g. RIGHT click on a blank part of the main desktop screen, click on Properties - Settings - hold your cursor over each monitor icon - one will display Not Active - RIGHT click on that one and enable it.

Windows will retain the second monitor display as long as the cable is still connected between the laptop and the TV while Windows is running, but if you disconnect the cable and then run Windows with it disconnected, you will need to enable the display there again.
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If you are trying to connect a TV Out output to a TV, you need to either
- use a legacy SVideo cable (4 pins) between your "SVideo" port on the laptop and a SVideo port on the TV,
- or - use a standard SVideo (4 pin) to female RCA adapter in the "SVideo" port on the laptop and connect a cable with male RCA plugs on both ends between the adapter and a yellow female RCA jack on the TV

- you must select an input other than TV on the TV - e.g. Video 1, SVideo, etc.

- when the SVideo or RCA cable is connected between the laptop and the TV, go to your Display Properties in Windows and enable the second display.
E.g. RIGHT click on a blank part of the main desktop screen, click on Properties - Settings - hold your cursor over each monitor icon - one will display Not Active - RIGHT click on that one and enable it.

Windows will retain the TV Out display as long as the cable is still connected between the laptop and the TV while Windows is running, but if you disconnect the cable and then run Windows with it disconnected, you will need to enable the display there again.
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If you want sound on the TV for the external monitor or TV Out display, you will need to connect a cable or cables for that between the laptop and the red and white female RCA jacks on the TV, or a 1/8 stereo jack on the TV.


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