posted on Apr, 26 2011 @ 10:58 AM
reply to post by Tygart
Not sure how to do this in your linux OS specifically.....
Most laptops that have an external display port (vga or otherwise) usually have a key combo to set the external as your primary display. On my HP
laptops it's always FN (hp function key near ALT) then F4 (always an F key).
I'd try that for starters.....
If that fails the problem sounds like it's cloning the display so you might have to configure it as a primary display manually in the display
i had a pain getting this working with an older version of Debian.
Here's a link to a forum with people having similar issues. The original post was having the same issue I had, display properties at desktop were not
supported by the monitor. Your issue is about how it's dealing with dual monitors.
By default it will either clone (same display on both) or stretch (single display spanning both screens) You simply want the laptop screen to turn
off and use the external monitor only correct? Try what I said about enabling the secondary display with a key combo, you might want to wait until
you are at the desktop to try this as each time it switches video modes (boot, post, linux boot) it will probably reset.
Also check the power management features (again not sure about where in Linux) and find the option for what to do when you close the lid of the
laptop, usually it's sleep or standby, but you can set it to do nothing. When you do this, you connect your external display, close the lid, and you
are good to go. This, of course, assumes you are using an external mouse and keyboard as well.
edit on 26-4-2011 by phishyblankwaters because: (no reason
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