Broken laptop monitor!

April 1, 2010 at 02:59:53
Specs: Windows 7
Hi! I have a laptop with a broken screen. I would really like to know if it is possible to connect an external screen and then format the computer and reinstall windows 7? I can't see anything before the computer booted the OS. I have also installed Ubuntu on it, and I have a lot of problems getting logged in to Windows because of the GRUB loader. I always end up in Ubuntu. Please help me! My general question is: Is it possible to install a OS (booting from a CD) using an external monitor?

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April 1, 2010 at 03:45:12
If you have a VGA port at the back of your laptop, you should be able to plug in a monitor. also if you have a tv in / out port, you can hook it up to your tv set, although the sound will come from your laptop sound supply im sure.

heres a link to a picture of what to look for, the VGA port

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April 1, 2010 at 10:03:05
You don't have to re-install the operating system if the video and the operating system works fine with an external monitor.

I know almost nothing about any flavour of Linux.

"Is it possible to install a OS (booting from a CD) using an external monitor?"


Never plug in a monitor's video cable while the computer is running !
Some laptops will display on an external monitor without you having to do anything.
Other laptops have a key combo you must press to toggle enabling the external display only / sometimes both displays / the built in display only - see the User's or Owner's manual for your model if you get no display from an external monitor.

If you also get no video on the external monitor before the operating system attempts to load, you have the rare case where your video adapter is not working in it's default VGA mode that does not require drivers - since most laptops have a built in video adapter, in that case the only cure for that is to replace the mboard.

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