Broken Computer Screen Connect to External

May 7, 2012 at 17:56:35
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a SONY Vaio with a screen that's broken as in I only see white or black dots on the display. I would like to have it start automatically to the external, but my previous computer settings for an external display has it set on "extend" rather than "duplicate". Therefore, whenever I boot up, I have the extended screen on the external, which does me no good since I can't really do anything with my start bar still located on the broken screen.

I hope that makes sense. Has anyone else run into this problem? I've seen some things about starting in BIOS. Will my broken computer screen still be able to display the contents when I'm in BIOS? How do I get there?


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May 7, 2012 at 18:43:02
Little confused. Are you saying that you set up two monitors and they're set as extend but your start bar is on the broken display? You can change that on the display setting make it as display number two. (Primary and secondary)

Are you saying you want to boot your PC to the external monitor? Usually if it's a laptop, just fold down your display and it'll duplicate to your external.

You don't need to go to bio, try FN+f8 (mostly for dell, if that doesn't work find a FN and toggle for Sony, should be a display icon.)

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May 7, 2012 at 18:50:40
The former. Originally, I had "fixed" this problem with the broken screen by having my computer directly display on the external. However, I accidentally switched it to "extend" so now my start bar is in the broken laptop screen. When I try to access the display setting windows, they all show up on the side with the start bar, which I cannot see since the screen is broken. Do you know if there are any keys that I can press to automatically switch between the two with actually having to see the screen? Or is there a way to align the mouse to a window so that I don't have to blindly click drag from the broken to the ext, hopping that I'll get a hold of a window?

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