Solved How to make laptop boot to External Monitor?

Microsoft Windows xp home edition with s...
January 27, 2011 at 16:31:34
Specs: Windows XP
I broke my laptop monitor but I can load the screen to a monitor like I am now when starting up the laptop but


When it boots normally, I see the Windows loading screen BUT the output is loaded to the laptop monitor which doesn't work!

The only way is for me to boot into SAFE MODE when it starts up otherwise it will automatically boot into the broken BLACK screen

Does anyone know how I can change it so it automatically loads the output to the external monitor?

Is it a good idea to browse the web in SAFE MODE? because this will be my only option if I can't get it to boot to monitor

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January 27, 2011 at 16:40:42
There is a key which switches between your laptop and an external monitor. You can have either alone or both either duplicated or treated together like one big monitor.

The f1 key on my Dell laptop controls this. It is probably the same key on your laptop. If not, provide the laptop model and the function key will be identified.

Set the mode to be external monitor only and that by hitting the function key until you get it and leave it that way when you shut down.

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January 27, 2011 at 16:46:24
Hello thank you for the reply,

I am on a HP Pavilion DV5000,

I looked for methods earlier but to no avail

I tried FN + F 1-0 keys but they didn't work nor Window key + P which is apparently exclusive to Windows 7 & Vista however it miraculously worked only once when I was pushing it randomly it seemed, then it wouldn't work again

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January 27, 2011 at 19:08:47
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With the external monitor connected, boot into safe mode, then disable the display adapter (in device manager). Reboot (with the external monitor STILL connected), and allow Windows to boot normally. Hopefully, you should now have a display on the external monitor.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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January 29, 2011 at 15:37:20
Thank you very much the method you mentioned has worked.

I am unable to change the resolution(large so offscreen) do you know why this is? I have 2 choices of reso only

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January 29, 2011 at 17:11:32
Right click My Computer and select properties. Click the hardware tab and then Device manager. Look for a yellow exclamation mark next to display adapter or Monitor. You're missing drivers. right click the device with the mark and select update. You may have to manually reinstall the drivers.

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