External Monitor on Sony Vaio VGN-C140G with Windows 2003 Server

Posted on 2009-12-19
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
I have a Sony Vaio VGN-C140G, Intel 945 Express video card with Windows 2003 Server installed. I have installed the XP drivers (Sony do not have Windows 2003 drivers) for all components and the laptop is running fine.

I want to attach an external monitor to the notebook and use it instead of the standard monitor. The XP video drivers, although installed, do not allow the usage of clone mode (the extention to the video settings does not get installed on Windows 2003, so there is no intel setting for that).

I am trying to use the Fn + F7 key to move the picture to the external monitor but it only gives me the option "LCD Only" and "Settings". I googled that and got some info that a Plug-and-Play monitor is needed, but my monitor is. It is also detected and the drivers are correctly installed.

Notice that I do not want to extend the picture on a second monitor (which works fine from Windows settings), I want to have one only. If I enable two monitors in Windows, I cannot make the external one primary (it gets automatically disconnected if I try that), I can only use both of them and the external as secondary.

How could I move the picture to the external monitor?
Question by:TheAvenger

    Accepted Solution

    Check any settings are there in Bios of laptop to enable external monitor also
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    Author Comment

    No settings for video in the BIOS at all, it is very simple and has nothing about video.
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    Assisted Solution

    Usually, the ability to use dual monitors is dependent on the OS and the drivers available to you. Since you are using a laptop, you might probably want to check for the xp version of the drivers and if possible install them on an xp partition and try it out and be sure that dual monitors work or do not work on your PC.
    Microsoft assumes that their server OS series are run on at least a desktop type of computer. Thus sony will not provide you with server OS drivers. However, what you can do is to install the XP drivers (which you need to confirm that its works) on the 2003 OS. (most often they run perfectly) and try your dual monitor settings again.

    Good luck.
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    Author Comment

    I've installed successfully the XP drivers, they work well. However the usual installation adds a new tab in the graphics settings which allows to change the mode. This tab does not appear for Windows Server 2003.
    I have decided to replace the Sony with a ThinkPad, so now it works perfectly (ThinkPads have the option to do what I want on hardware level, so the OS is not important).
    Thank you all for helping.

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