I plugged in my CRT monitor to my Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop to work at home and I am now unable to toggle back to the LCD monitor using the Function+F8 buttons. Even after I unplug the CRT my laptop will boot with a blank screen. If I hit FN+F8 the CRT flickers and it appears to be going through the different mointor modes, however I cannot get my LCD to come back on. Does anyone have any ideas? Is there any override button that I can press? Any type of utility that I can download?
Any help is appreciated.
ouch.. well you should have used the nvidia utility instead of the fn+f8, i personally think it's safer through nvidia utility or radeon's if you're using radeon.
what i have is the nvidia so i'll tell you how to do it through nvidia and you can figure out how to do the same on your radeon. right click on desktop and click properties. go to settings>advanced. under advanced look for the tab with the name of your graphic card and look for something like dualview or something. set your primary device back to your i8600 lcd and that should do it.. hopefully.
Thanks for the advice man....unfortunately that did not fix it. I also have an Nvidia graphics card - the Go5650. I e-mailed Dell tech support and was advised to install the new driver.......Tried that - no difference.
I am debating mailing the laptop back.....so frustrated right now.
Thank you. That was exactly the problem. I broke down and called Dell Tech support earlier last night and they walked me through the steps. The "nub" that little spike that detects whether the lcd is closed or shut - was so far stuck, that I had to remove the top portion of my laptop using a screwdriver. The tech guy actually walked me through it and I was then able to just remove the part.
He mentioned that this is a major problem that they have had with this design and many people have had this issue. They are mailing me a new top portion of the laptop to replace.
I was shocked by the good tech support. I called and within 1 minute he identified the problem and helped me out. No discussion of installing video drivers, check that computer is plugged in, etc...... Great luck!