make sure that your laptop is setup to use an external monitor and also some of them will need the monitor plugged in before you turn it on. Also, there may be a switch or two on your keyboard to switch between external and built in monitor. forget about the touchscreen part and work on getting an image on your monitor first. What laptop are you using? make and model, maybe I can find out what keys you need to switch between display modes. There is probably a key marked in blue that shows a lcd panel and a monitor. You may need to hold down the FN key and this key to make the switch. Do you need to set your video display in WIN2K to use external vga connections?