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Does anyone know how I can get my laptop (Sony Model pcg-7y2l) With windows vista... which I am not familiar with, to hook up to my HD tv? I have no screen to navigate with so it will be a blind hookup if you all know what I mean??? The laptop was given to me by a friend and since it was a $10 give. I didnt think it would work. But, thought I would post it here and see if I can get some help... Thanks

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First you have to make sure you have some kind of video out port, usually it's an S-Video port. I'm not sure about Vista, but in XP under display settings there are options concerning multiple monitors. I had a laptop hooked to my TV a while back, but I can't remember exactly what settings I had to use. I do remember that with a little experimenting I had it working fairly quickly. Good Luck.

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In any laptop there is a 15 pins VGA output D connector that can connect to an external monitor or LCD TV with 15 pins VGA input. Some have a DVI connector which is a white rectangle shape. You have to get the appropriate cable for any of this connection. Than on the laptop keyboard there is a key with "fn" symbol. Press that key together with F4 or the F that has a symbol like a screen. You may refer the manual for that. That will switch from the laptop screen to your LCD TV. When press the second time you will have both screen appear.

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Is it's screen cracked or just dark? If it's not cracked then have a good look at it under strong daylight to see if there is anything at all on screen. If it's cracked then you can get a replacement lcd screen on eBay for a decent price. If it's dark, then it probably needs a backlight driver board which can also be found on eBay for a decent price!

I am a professional hardware engineer if you require advice on changing either!

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Might be worth getting a replacement LCD screen for it then! It will also add to the laptop's value should you decide to sell it on!

Edited by Rik_: n/a

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well... I tried the Fn plus the f7 key which says lcd and has a pic of a screen. Guess I'll have to pitch in on a replacement screen for it.

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