The situation here is where I have connected my IBM Thinkpad T40 (WinXP OS) to an external flat screen monitor, which is connected thru the standard monitor serial cable. The laptop is undocked and standalone on the desk, but has an external keyboard and mouse attached thru USB ports.
At present, I have to keep the laptop slightly ajar rather than being able to close it fully due to the laptop going to standby.
I have tried pressing Fn and F7 on the laptop to simply send the output to the monitor screen, but even though that works momentarily, it switches to standby after a few seconds.
....just as I'm writing this I found the resolution, but rather than hold the knowledge to myself I thought I'd just open this up and test the speed of response of you guys today and distribute some points as I am an unlimited points member - first correct reply gets the whole 500!