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I'd like to use my old HP Pavillion dv4000 laptop as a media server by connecting it to a large monitor but I don't really want to have the laptop screen showing output.

The screen properties dialog doesn't let me disable the laptop screen and Fn-F5 doesn't seem to do anything at all.

Anybody know how to get this to work with this particular laptop?

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Just me being ignorant. Turns out I needed to press the fn-f4 key once more as it cycles through three options - laptop only - laptop + VGA - VGA only. I was only pressing it once and expecting it to switch screens.

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