Ha ha ha you guys are funny! There's no way that my T400 is going out like that! I love it too much!
*hugs T400 tighter*@GIFF
- to tell you the truth I'm not sure exactly how I did it
I basically tested out the connection first by hooking up my R51e (when top was still on) VGA to the monitors VGA port. The monitor then pretty much mimicked whatever was on my laptop. I had to go into properties and mess with the display settings. It was displaying things at 1024X768 which is not the native resolution of this monitor. I fiddled with the settings in ATI Catalyst Control and the Windows display properties. At this point I found that extending the desktop was pretty neat. Whenever I moved my cursor off the R51e screen it would come into view on the Acer monitor
At that point I decided I would try this without the lid and could make the necessary screen/resolution adjustments solely with the Acer monitor. I also went into BIOS and set the display to boot with the external monitor before I removed it. After that I went ahead with the removal of the R51e top and hooked the VGA cable back up.
What you will need to do is make sure your graphics adapter is recognizing the monitor that is being used. My monitor is an Acer so naturally I went to Acers website and found my driver and updated the driver for monitor.
Right click on desktop>> click on properties>> Settings>> Advanced >> Monitor (if yours says Plug and Play you should get the driver from you LCD Monitors website)>> Properties>> Driver>> from driver choose Update Driver and you want to install the driver from where the zip file is at.
I then found out through Monitor properties that Monitor properties now said "Acer on ATI Radeon Express 200M Series"
I rebooted and the monitor turned on with the R51e.
That's pretty much how it went. I think mostly everybody here on the forum is somewhat savvy with their machines however some of us bumble through with good ol' trial and error
My advice is to try it first with the lid on and then if you wish to proceed. Make sure you are adept at disassembling your laptop and are not going to violate your warranty.PS
make sure you do not forget to remove one of the Wifi antennae. I had to take the lid apart and remove one of the antennae wire. One is working out fine and I have that running out the absent LCD hinge area and perched on the back of the monitor.