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Paper Tape
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Registered: ‎11-03-2010
Location: United States
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X61 Extended Display - reconnect issue - Ctrl+F7 is NOT available when I reconnect to monitor

I use an X61 running XP SP2.


When I am at my desk, I connect the laptop to my 24" monitor via VGA cable.  


Via Ctrl+F7, I can modify my display settings and receive options such as:

- Notebook only

- Same display

- Extended display


All of these work fine.  However, just recently, after I disconnect (either using Ctrl+F7 or simply unplugging the VGA connector - both end up with the same result) and later try to re-connect, when I press Ctrl+F7, no menu option appears.


When I go to Control Panel | Display, I can 'see' the monitor is connected and I can 'extend' display to the desktop monitor BUT cannot set-up 'same display' from here.


The only option that works is to restart the system and then Ctrl+F7 works fine again.


I do not believe that I have made any changes to the system that would warrant this change (however, there may have been a recent automatic MS XP update that was loaded).


Does anyone have any suggestions on how to handle this?  Do I need to update anything related to the system? 

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