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Having a little trouble hooking my laptop to my plasma

12-15-2006, 12:56 PM
Im trying to hookup my gateway to my plasma and It doesent seem to work.. I have everything hookedup right.. I press extend windows desktop onto this monitor and its not extending.. Ive done this before I just forgot how I did it... I think its the funtcion key or something....
Can anyone help??

12-15-2006, 01:09 PM
How are you trying to connect it DVI to HDMI, VGA or S-Video? I would use VGA if your Plasma has it. That is what I use and it works great. Anyway, what VC do you have? The software should recongnize it as a secondary monitor and should switch. You should be able to right click on desktop, go to settings You should see the 1 and 2. Also advanced and to you adapter is another option..

12-15-2006, 01:20 PM
Its not automaticly reading it... its strange...My vga cord is this blig massive black one.. Does it matter which one is connected to the port?
A male and female?? There both the same...

12-15-2006, 01:26 PM
The laptop sees my plasma.. There is a 1 & 2.. But its not switching over to it... I wonder what im doing wrong...

12-15-2006, 01:29 PM
Yea, it should just see it on the fly and then just switch between the 2. If it intergaded graphics like Intel or is it a Nvidia or ATI. You can also go into that driver software as well and try from there. Powerstrip is another good program. If you have not tried already, connect it and reboot. Also like you said, there may be a function key (fn) that drives it like fn + f4 for example. But this is usually just a quick hot key and not the only way to activate it.. It may be a bad VGA cable. Is it just a 15 pin VGA/SVGA cable from a monitor. If so it should work, as long as it is pinned correctly. Then try different resolutions if you get to that point...

12-15-2006, 01:42 PM
it is.. Someone suggested I force detection.. How do I do that???

12-15-2006, 01:50 PM
Did you try using your fn fuction key like fn + f4 or whatever it is (it will have an icon on the key like the vga icon at the laptop vga connection point. If not just click on 2 and it should give all the properties of monitor 2. Make sure it is 60 hz and start with a low resolution of like 640x480 or 800x600 and work your way up to HD or whatever looks best for what you are doing.. And make sure your TV is set to PC or VGA input. Sorry, just checking..