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Analog monitor port doesn't pick up monitor when pluged in

I have an Lenovo x61s notebook with an analog monitor output.  when I plug in the monitor it does not work.  the pc does not detect a device has been connected and none of the settings are available (they are greyed out) to configure the monitor.  Is this a hardware problem?
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Check if there is a BIOS setting to enable the external monitor.
There is usually a key combination to cycle between:
LCD only, CRT only, LCD and CRT.
It is usually the "FN" key and some other key.
Often the other key has a symbol in some color other than the letters and number keys.

The reason I say check the BIOS is that most default to both (LCD and CRT) at  least during boot. If you are not seeing anything during boot then either there actually is a hardware problem or CRT is turned off in the BIOS.

On may laptops you have to use a FN key combo like FN+f8(not sure what combo on a Lenovo) to get an external monitor to work.
Sorry didn't mean to repeat.
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Just to clarify - It should be Fn + F7 on a lenovo laptop... (it may depend on model, I use a T43 and it's definitely correct for this model).
On mine it's Fn + F3 but mine isn't IBM.
The F3 has small letters in green under the F3 -> LCD/CRT
Some have a symbol in place of the letters LCD/CRT.
The Fn is lettered in green.
Symbols or or function key related to it are in green.
Same theme should exist on your keyboard but I don't know the alternate color.
knobbylowboyAuthor Commented:
Turns out the Motherboard had failed!  Replaced motherboard and all is well.  Thanks guys for your efforts. :)
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