I have a Gateway NV series laptop, and the screen is broken. I have an external monitor, but I don't know how to get it working. I'm trying the fn-f4 thing, but nothing happens during bootup or after I log in (at least, I think I'm logging in -- hard to know for sure).
I've also tried hooking up a USB keyboard and mouse and closing the laptop. Nothing happens.
I've looked around for a while, but all the advice I can find involves right-clicking into Properties or other things that, you know, require a screen.
The laptop makes turning-on noises when I turn it on, and I can detect it with other computers when I connect with an ethernet cable, so I'm pretty sure the computer itself is working just fine.
I feel like I must be missing something simple, like maybe I have to press fn-f4 and then enter. I just have no idea because I have no visual at any point.
Its model number is MS2273 (probably NV58—could be NV54), if that helps at all.
Better question: is the laptop even capable of hooking up to a monitor, or are other aspects broken (e.g. the graphics card itself)? How would I go about examining this?