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Help with my Laptop connected to my HDTV

I have two different questions I want to find the answers to. To start off, I have a HP Pavilion dv2000 laptop running on Win XP.

My first question is: I have a VGA cable and whenever I connect my laptop to my TV with my VGA cable my laptop has a little ding sound indicating that it is connected... BUT, half a second later, the sound goes on again, indicating that it is disconnected. I can't seem to keep it connected into my laptop. When I connect it with my VGA cable it'll work 2/10 times and it's quite annoying. I've contacted HP and they were unclear of what's going on, so maybe someone on this site has some past experience they would maybe share with me.

My second question is: I've seen on eBay there are some cables for sale with a VGA on one end and a HDMI on the other end, and was just wondering if I would be able to view my laptop on my TV if I connect the VGA end to my laptop and the HDMI end to my TV. Some forums that I've read said that you're able to connect it, but, there are others that say that you're not. please help me.

Thanks in advance!

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Try the Fn key.

In reply to: Help with my Laptop connected to my HDTV

When you connect an external monitor, sometimes you will need to use the Fn keys on the laptop keyboard to turn on display output to the external monitor.

On HP laptops the key will look like a rectangular box with two lines on the left and right on the outside. Press the Fn key and tap that button until the external display comes on. Wait a few seconds on each tap.
Bob

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Is this the laptop you tried to install XP?

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If so I see the Fn keys to fail as well as external displays. HP would be right to not offer support for this one as the XP install in nearly impossible for most.
Bob

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In reply to: Is this the laptop you tried to install XP?

On my laptop you're suppose to press the [fn]+[f4] button, but the image will only transfer if the sound that indicates it's connected goes on. Where my problem is; is that that sound will go on, but half a second later, it'll indicate that it's disconnected without me even touching anything, therefor I'm unable to press the [fn]+[f4]. I just want to know if it may be a bad VGA cable or something like that.

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Yes,

In reply to: Is this the laptop you tried to install XP?

This is the same laptop were I installed XP, all my buttons that needs the [fn] keys work, there is nothing wrong with them. The [fn] key is not the problem, the problem is keeping my VGA cable connected.

Thanks.

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