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Hi there all

I have been experiencing some bother with trying to display what is on my laptop monitor screen to an external NEC monitor, the problem that I am experiencing is that when I try and make both display the same. The external monitor acts as another screen for which the laptop displays....Can anyone help me to change this so as both dispalys show the same thing...

Thank You
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by:SEUPB
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To specify, what I am wanting to do is clone what displays on the laptop to that on the external monitor.
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by:orbitus
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What brand of laptop do you have?  On a Dell laptop there is a function button called 'fn' and then another keyboard button with the color of the 'fn' button that says 'CRT/LCD'  By holding down the 'fn' button and then pressing the 'CRT/LCD' button, each time you press the coombination you cycle through the display modes.

1. CRT alone (just the external monitor)
2. CRT and the LCD
3. LCD alone

I dont think these are the correct order they are just meant to explain the choices.  Most laptop manufacturers have a similar setup.

Hope this helps,

Chris
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by:SEUPB
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IT's an old NEC Versa Premium Model 7521N, it's playing up something shocking when I hold Ctrl amd F5 to toggle the screen modes.
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by:orbitus
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What do you mean by 'playing up something shocking'?
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by:rid
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We maybe really don't want to know that...
How DO you switch between screens?
Are you sure about the Ctrl + F5 thing? Ordinarily, there is an "Fn" key and the key combo is supposed to be functioning without software support (as in working even in BIOS setup and plain old DOS). Ctrl, however, has a proper scan code and would be assumed to have more software-related impact...
/RID
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by:r-k
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You probably have a video card that supports two independent monitors.

Go into Control Panel -> Display -> Settings -> Advanced

and see if you can choose a setting that makes the two displays mirror each other.

Unluckily I don't have a similar laptop with me right now so I don't remember all the steps.
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by:Mark
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Here are the hotkey functions for this laptop, It is [fn]+[F5] http://help.nec-computers.com/pib.asp?platform=instr_hotkeys_7521N&mode=default&source=1411
This link is for the versa premium 7521N but there is another one for the Premium +lan , both hotkey controls are the same.
Which model do you have. Premium or Premium+Lan?
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by:Mark
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Do Not Hold down the f5 key just hold the fn and tap the f5 once. Each tap will change the settings from LCD,to  CRT,to  simultaneous and the 4th tap will bring you back to the laptop.
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by:garycase
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I presume you want both displays on, but want them cloned, and not an extended desktop - right?

... to do this, just go into Display Properties  (right-click on desktop, select Properties);  click the Settings tab;  click on monitor #2 (the picture); and clear the checkmark in the box that says "Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor".   Click Apply, then OK, and you should have what you want.
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by:SEUPB
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Thanks Gary but have already tried that and with no result with it. Is there any sort of program that exsists that can be downloaded which allows a user to tweak their desktop display?
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by:Mark
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The best software for tweaking would be powerstrip http://entechtaiwan.net/util/ps.shtm but I don't think it applies to this situation.
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by:garycase
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Agree PowerStrip is an excellent utility for creating custom display resolutions, etc.;  but as sparkmaker also noted, it does not apply to this issue.

What happens when you uncheck the "Extend my desktop ..." box ??  Do you get no display at all on the 2nd monitor?    Most laptops have a function key that allows you to select the laptop display, an external display, or both.   If that box is not checked, and you select both, you should get a cloned display.
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by:SEUPB
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Hi Gary

Even after I tap Fn and F5 I still get no output on the other screen that I want to display the cloned desktop onto, I have tried all the above with either 2 outcomes:

1. The extended desktop remains the same-
2. No display at all on the secound screen-
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by:garycase
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Not all laptops support a cloned display, so you may be trying to do something the laptop will simply not support.   Is Fn-F5 the correct key sequence to switch between internal and external displays?   If so, then either your notebook only supports dual displays in an extended display mode;  or there's still something you haven't set correctly in the video driver.   Look in the Advanced settings screen for a "clone" mode [right-click on the desktop; select Properties; click the Settings tab; select monitor 2 (click on the "2" picture"); then click on the Advanced button]   Look carefully, and be sure to check all of the available tabs (different drivers have different displays here, so I don't know exactly what you'll see).

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by:Mark
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[fn]+[F5] are the correct fn combination as per my earlier posted link http://help.nec-computers.com/pib.asp?platform=instr_hotkeys_7521N&mode=default&source=1411

Gary may be onto something with the inability to clone displays. According to this page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SiS_630/730
The SiS 630/730 video in this laptop is based on the 128-bit SiS 305, and the SiS 305 core supports two independent overlays. Although it does seem abit backward that if it has the ability to display 2 independant screens , that it can't clone one. But that seems to be the case http://help.nec-computers.com/pib.asp?platform=topic_01644&mode=default&source=1413
FYI-->The easy one silver laptop is cross referenced as the 7521N.
You may want to consider using the TV out option if you need to clone the desktop. Obviously you'll need a TV rather than an external monitor, but it will clone the laptop screen, using an s-video to s-video cable. Would that be helpful?
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by:SEUPB
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Do we know of any updates for the driver in question?
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by:Mark
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BROKEN LINK
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Go to this page and use the -->Select your NEC product  box -->notebook/PDA-->Versa-->Versa Lagecy 1997-2001-->Premium
This will take you to the Versa Premium page. Click on--> DOWNLOADS
This will take you to the download page for your laptop.
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by:Mark
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Missing the link? here it is  http://help.nec-computers.com/main.asp?lang=com
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by:SEUPB
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Cheers Sparkmarker for the Driver update, got the laptop cloning perfectly

Thanks.
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