M11 thinkpad t61 external monitor / projector switching?

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M11 thinkpad t61 external monitor / projector switching?

#1 Postby rsmith1810 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:48 am

I cannot seem to enable monitor switching on my system (w/ Nvidia card). Some of the Fn keys work, but not the Fn7... I've tried the Nvidia settings and cannot seem to enable it there either. I would like to use this system for presentations w/ an external projector. Any assistance?

I'm very novice at linux and debian especially so could be missing something basic...

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Re: M11 thinkpad t61 external monitor / projector switching?

#2 Postby lucky9 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:06 pm

I don't own a Lenovo, but......How did you do it before using Linux?
Reason I ask is that all I do is power down and hook up the external monitor then power up. It's seen automatically. It's used automatically by all the operating systems I've ever tried on it.
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Re: M11 thinkpad t61 external monitor / projector switching?

#3 Postby rsmith1810 » Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:15 am

lucky9 wrote:I don't own a Lenovo, but......How did you do it before using Linux?
Reason I ask is that all I do is power down and hook up the external monitor then power up. It's seen automatically. It's used automatically by all the operating systems I've ever tried on it.


Yes, this is what I have done in the past, or use Fn keys to alternate displays from the laptop to the external monitor or projector. Neither of these options appears to work and I'm just wondering if it's a basic setting that I've missed. I've not had this problem with other linux distros on this machine but I don't know the reason for that.

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Re: M11 thinkpad t61 external monitor / projector switching?

#4 Postby richb » Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:19 am

You could try System Settings> Input Devices> Keyboard>Keyboard Model. Lenovo is not listed but perhaps one of the IBM settings would work.
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Re: M11 thinkpad t61 external monitor / projector switching?

#5 Postby Jerry3904 » Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:42 am

Judging from the hits on a G search for "linux thinkpad t61 keyboard", you may have some difficulty with getting--and keeping--your Fn keys operating correctly. Take a look at the Arch Wiki on this, for instance:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Le ... d_T61#ACPI

As a start you could install tpb through Synaptic.
This program enables the IBM Thinkpad(tm) special keys. It is possible to bind
a program to the ThinkPad button. It has a on-screen display (OSD) to show
volume, mute and brightness of the LCD.

Found that by putting "thinkpad" in the search box...aren't search engines wonderful?!
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Re: M11 thinkpad t61 external monitor / projector switching?

#6 Postby rsmith1810 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:22 am

yes, the search function is most useful. in the link below is the problem and the various solutions. sorry for not finding it sooner.

http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Problem_w ... _switching


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