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Monitor connected to laptop

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June 24, 2011 12:05:46 AM

I was given an old ViewSonic monitor to use with my laptop whose screen was crushed. Bought 15 pin cable thinking all I would have to do is plug them together and I'd be off and running. box in center of monitor screen says No Signal, Analog?? What do I need to do that I'm not doing. Thx.
June 24, 2011 6:54:53 PM

You may have to press an alternate function key on your laptop's keyboard to force the signal to your monitor. many laptops have it like Fn + F6 or Ctrl + F6 or some variation like that. Usually there are three modes, 1. laptop monitor only, 2. external monitor only, 3. laptop + external monitor
June 25, 2011 8:56:48 AM

Some laptops will not work without the laptop panel attached, or the crushed screen may be shorting something in the video circuitry.

The suggestions by BrianBuys sound likely too.
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