External monitors on Sony FX705 Laptop

  magc 09:29 02 Dec 2004

Am having strange problems with use of external displays.

I am running XP2 with SP2 installed.

In respect of TV (video) out: There is no video signal present on on this output at any time (including with monitor connected). I have tried reducing resolution, operating Fn F8/F7 (slight flicker on screen), and rebooting - without success. I did not try using external tv prior to installing SP2

In respect of VGA output: I have also tried connecting an SVGA monitor (monitor 2) to the vga port and after using XP to enable, display works on Windows start-up and in safe mode but not when loaded normally! I also had strange occurrance of mouse pointer disappearing from internal monitor and then appearing on monitor 2. (Troubleshooter tells me this is maybe because of order - but it runs out of help). The ID feature of XP puts a number on each screen (1 on internal, 2 on external). I have used a (different) SVGA monitor satisfactorily prior to installing SP2. Obviously this hardware port is OK but XP or something is screwing it up.

HELP! I have a presentation soon.

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