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.
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