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I currently have Windows XP on a laptop, but the screen has died so I use a monitor connected to it to use the laptop. I want to replace the install of Windows XP with the latest Ubuntu but when I boot from the Ubuntu CD it doesn't use the secondary screen.

Does anyone know if this is possible to sort out?

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Does your laptop has hardware key (for example FN+F5) to switch output to monitor? – kagali-san Nov 30 '10 at 11:09
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On the laptop is there a Fn + Fkey e.g Fn + F11. If so have you tried pressing this to force the display onto the scondary monitor?

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There is, but on rebooting it forgets that and I'm guessing the Ubuntu install (or simply the CD being in the drive) has a timeout or menu before loading Windows XP again... – Lee Nov 30 '10 at 12:04
DO you know what the key is to force a boot choice menu. e.g F9 once this was clicked you would have a little longer to click the 2 keys. FN + x – Joe Taylor Nov 30 '10 at 12:57
Had another play it and eventually this worked, many thanks. It was odd that the F key+ thing didn't work first of all, just seemed to happened when it started loading Windows. Anyway, al good now, I can put the laptop on ebay for spares! – Lee Dec 2 '10 at 9:38

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