Hi, I'm having problems using any external monitor with my laptop. When i connect the VGA cable the computer detects the monitor and the monitor detects that there is a computer. However nothing gets displayed to the screen. The screen just remains black. I know this is a hardware issue and not related to software as i have tried different versions of windows, ubuntu with different drivers.
The laptop I have is the Dell Vostro 1700 with the 256mb nVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT. I replaced the original ram and hard drive to increase its specification.
The laptop doesn't work with any LCD or CRT monitor. Strangley enough it does work with a 50" lcd tv when connected through the vga port. It displays the image but the sizing and position are slightly off.
i have dismantled the laptop. i tested it without the lcd screen connected and have the same problem.