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I just fixed a dell inspiron laptop which i'm using just for surfing the net. I am connecting it to an external monitor and using it mostly has a desktop computer since the batter wont hold a charge. When i have it connected to the monitor i can either use the laptop display, the external display or both as an extended desktop. The resolution is set to where it looks great on either display. However when i close the lid on the laptop, it automatically goes to the external monitor, which is what i want, but the resolution then becomes way off. How can i fix this issue. I am not an experienced windows user so any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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Closing the lid issues.

I'm lost count of fried laptops where the owner sets it to not sleep or shutdown when the lid is closed. This has me write "bad idea."

Leave the lid open.
Bob

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Closing the lid issues.

Thanks, I appreciate your info, I'll just keep the lid opened I suppose.

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