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James@CCC
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26th Jun 08 at 15:46   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I want to just use a secondary monitor hooked up to my laptop, and then use wireless mouse/keyboard so that basically the laptop itself can just be hidden away.

Problem if I dont know how to do it. I can seem to make my external monitor the primary or disble the laptop screen.

I tried to google it but there doesnt seem to be answers out there. Its a vaio that used to have hotkeys that could toggle between lcd/tv output, but even if this would solve the problem, these hotkeys dont work anymore.

How can I do it?
Neo
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26th Jun 08 at 16:06   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

If you right click the desktop and hit display properties it should be in there.

You'll also need to change power mode to stay on when lid is shut
James@CCC
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26th Jun 08 at 16:48   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

its not, the option is grayed out so i cant choose to make the secondary screen the primary one. Also I cant turn off the laptop screen. Its all grey
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26th Jun 08 at 16:53   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

plug in the second monitor

open up display props

the second monitor on the right should br egreyed out, right click on it and click attached.

apply, thsi should expand the desktop, then if u want this as the primary screen you need to right click again and click primary, apply, desktop moves, then right click on the left monitor and do click attached (should be clicked already?)

may work, may not.
James@CCC
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26th Jun 08 at 16:57   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

fraid not, its all just grey, I cant make the external one primary nor turn of the laptop screen
Neo
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27th Jun 08 at 07:57   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

In power settings can you change the "when shut" option to turn screen off but keep laptop on ?
C2RL R
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27th Jun 08 at 10:55   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

try Function and F8

[Edited on 27-06-2008 by C2RL R]
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quote:
Originally posted by C2RL R
try Function and F8



quote:
Originally posted by James@CCC

Its a vaio that used to have hotkeys that could toggle between lcd/tv output, but even if this would solve the problem, these hotkeys dont work anymore.



I think thats the problem, the function keys dont work
James@CCC
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27th Jun 08 at 12:23   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

a fiddle with drivers solved everything! little buggers

thanks for the help fellas


 
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