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Setting external monitor as primary for laptop

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#1 sparky_sparrow


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Posted 20 September 2012 - 03:34 PM

The screen on my laptop is physically damaged so that I can only see the top half of the display, so I have been using a desktop monitor and dual-screening it. The problem is that sometimes when the computer starts up the laptop screen is totally blank so I can't open any programs to drag them to the desktop monitor.

I would like to know if there is a way to set the desktop monitor as the primary so that it is used as soon as the computer is started up. As it is now, the laptop screen stays blank (black) and the external shows the windows logo while starting up,but when it comes to logging into windows it reverts to the laptop screen and the external goes completely white! I am running Windows XP on a Toshiba Satellite Pro L20, model PSL25E-OU2006EN and the external monitor is and LG Flatron L1730S.

If this is not possible does anyone know if it is possible to set the programs I need as keyboard shortcuts so I can open them without having to see the display? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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#2 jhayz


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Posted 20 September 2012 - 07:44 PM

Do you have any hot keys for that particular laptop? To change primary output display? That is the only choice you have since the main display is damaged.


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Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:57 PM

Try FN+F5 together to switch it.

I cant find a Manuel but I look up your keyboard

Edited by coxchris, 20 September 2012 - 08:58 PM.

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