Laptop CRT mode Hot-Keys

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Below, in alphabetical order is a list of laptops by brand only (no models) and the known hot-key combinations used to switch the laptop to its external VGA mode.  There are three main column areas:  brand, hot-key to be used in conjunction with the Fn key (Fn + F3), and what you should expect to see on that key (icon, lettering, etc.)  Multiple keys indicate different models within that brand using different keys.

Brand

Hot-Key

Key Marking

A _

    ACER

F3, automatic

icon

    ALTIMA

F7

icon

    AMS

F2, F3

crt/lcd - 'T' key

    ARC

T' key 

icon

    ARM

F3

icon

    AST

F3, F5, F10, F12

icon or crt/lcd

    AT&T

F3 

crt/lcd

    AUSTIN

F6

icon

B _

    BRADAX BSI

F6

icon & crt/lcd

C _

    CANON

F7

icon - crt/lcd

    CHEMBOOK

'T' key, F6

con or crt/lcd

    COMPAQ

F2, F3, F4

icon (may require converter  at boot)

    COMPUAD

BIOS setup

    CTX

F3, F7, F9

icon

D _

    DAEWOO

Refresh tab in Display Properties - Bios F2

    DELL

F8 (CTRL F11)

crt/lcd or icon

    DIGITAL

F4 *

icon

                                     

  * one model requires monitor at power up

    DPS

Has Chips tab with Crt-LCD-Both setting

    DUNN

F6

icon

    DTK

F4

no markings

E _

    EPS

F7, F10

icon, "T" key

    EPSON

F12

icon

    EVEREX

F10, F12

icon

F _

    FUJITSU

F5,  F10 *

icon 'display'

 

* Refresh tab in Display Properties

 

* one model requires monitor at power up

G _

    GATEWAY

F3, F8 *

  lcd/crt or icon (may not be labeled)

 

 * Try F1 if  no key marked for crt mode

H _

    HITACHI

F7, F8, F12

crt/lcd

    HP

F5 *

icon

 

  * no icon - try Print Screen

I _

    IBM

F1, F3, F6, F7, F8

icon or crt/lcd

    IDP

F9

icon

    INCA

F12

icon

J _

    JETBOOK

F12

lcd/crt

    JETTA

F10

icon

L _

-

    LEADING EDGE

BIOS

M _

-

    MAGITRONIC

  F4, F9

icon

    MIKON

F6

crt/lcd

    MICROTRONIC

F4

no markings

    MICRON  

F2, F12 *

lcd/crt or icon

 -                                      

* Transport has 1108 chip in it - software conflicts

    MIDWEST MICRO

F12

icon

    MITSUBA  

display switch tab in Properties

N _

    NEC

F3, F7, F8, F10, "Display"

icon or lcd/crt

O _

    OLIVETTI  

F4 

icon

P _

    PANASONIC

needs to shut down (automatic), program utility

                                      

  [use radio button on Display Properties, Chips card]

    PSION NOTE (LEO)

F12

icon

    PROSTAR

F6

crt/lcd

R _

    ROYAL

Chips tab in Display Properties

S _

    SAGAR

F6, F9 *

icon

                                       

* if not marked try F4

    SAMSUNG

F4, F5, F6

crt/lcd

    SEPTRA

F8

crt/lcd

    SHARP

F5

icon

    SONY

F7

lcd/crt

    SOUND BOOK

F12

icon

T _

    THINBRICK

F12

crt/lcd

    TI EXTENSA  

F3, F9, F10, F11, F12

icon

    TONELY

F7

icon

    TOSHIBA

F5 F7

icon

    TROGON

F12

crt/lcd

    TWIN HEAD

F5

icon

W _

    WINBOOK

F8, F10, F12 (Ctrl+Alt+F10)*

lcd/crt 'display'

 

* keys only work in DOS mode

 

F6

'Simul'

Z _

    ZENITH

F10

icon or crt/lcd

 

 

 

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