Connecting 19" lcd monitor to laptop

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Connecting 19" lcd monitor to laptop

I want to connect a 19" lcd monitor to a laptop to use in place of the laptop screen. I want be able to easily disconnect the lcd and use the laptop screen when wireless.

I've been able to find threads that address sharing one monitor between two pc's, but not my scenario.

Can this be done?
 
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What does the owners manual for the laptop say?
 
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The laptop has an external connector for an external monitor. You then (by using function keys) can enable either or both monitors.
 
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Thanks, and Happy New Year to all DIYers!
 
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The function keys worked. But now I have another issue. I want to place the larger monitor behind the laptop and view the larger screen.

When I close the laptop enough to view the larger screen, the laptop shuts down. I'm guessing this is normal. I thought there would be a way to shut this feature off, but I scoured the manual and couldn't find anything.

Anyone know if this is possible?
 
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Old 01-04-07, 06:56 AM
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Control Panel - Power Options
 
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Why close the laptop? Instead, set up the laptop to use BOTH screens and then you can have a spreadsheet open on one screen while you surf the web on the other.

To do this, use the function keys so that BOTH screens are on at once. The go to the Display properties (right click on a blank area of the desktop and select properties). Go to the Settings tab. Click on the second monitor, then select "expand my desktop to the monitor" (I may be off on my wording a little). Hit apply. Notice that the second screen now shows a blank desktop? Move your mouse to the right until it goes over there.

Experiment with moving windows from on to the other by dragging them (click on blue title bar and hold, then drag).

I find this VERY handy, as it effectively doubles the width of your monitor. It's great for multitasking. You can even tell Windows how the two monitors are physically oriented so that the way you pull the mouse from screen to screen makes sense.
 
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This a a great idea...I'll give it a try.

I especially like the mouse moving from screen to screen.

Thanks.
 
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I use dual monitors on my desktop system.. That's the way to go..
 
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