Solved Configure laptop BIOS to use external monitor

May 24, 2012 at 04:16:46
Specs: Windows XP SP3, 2.6GHz pentium, 2GB RAM
My Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop screen has given up the ghost: it shows for a minute or so on power-up before going blank, so I'm using an external monitor. This means I can see nothing until Windows XP takes over from the BIOS. Is there a way to set up the BIOS to use the external monitor?

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#1
May 24, 2012 at 04:25:22
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Sorry but I don't believe so. BIOS Basic Input Output System.
External monitor requires an operating system with advanced graphics drivers.

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#2
May 24, 2012 at 05:07:53
Well, thank you for the remarkably prompt reply.

The answer is as I feared. I had hoped there might be some kind of hardware jumper or switch on the video card which would fix the external monitor as default. Never mind.


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#3
May 24, 2012 at 08:06:46
"External monitor requires an operating system with advanced graphics drivers."

You DO NOT need any software on the hard drive to get basic VGA video from an external monitor while booting the computer.
However, by default, the video to the external video port, the secondary display, is not switched on until AFTER the operating system starts to load.

With most laptops, you have another way of getting video on the external monitor.
Using this combo of keys MAY allow you to have video on the external monitor BEFORE Windows loads as well....

If you get no video on an external monitor, some laptops have a key combo that you must press to toggle the display to external video only / built in display video only / sometimes both - see the Owner's or User's manual for the model (e.g. press both Fn and Fx ; x is a number).


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#4
May 24, 2012 at 12:35:45
Many computers do have an option in bios to allow internal or external.

There are other issues. One is the speed of which the system and monitor connect and display. It may be that you could access bios from a F key at boot and wait for monitor and video to sync. May have press F key to select bios and then unplug monitor and plug it back in. I said unplug and not power off.

To know for sure, you'd need some version of menu's for your system. Either from other computer or from documentation to a blind change. I have done it before and it is pretty scarey.

Another way is to use some Dell app or a third party app that allows you to change settings from within xp.

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#5
May 24, 2012 at 15:44:22
Thank you both.

I'll have another try, but unfortunately it'll have to wait few days now.


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#6
May 24, 2012 at 15:58:27
Thanks for the thank you.

A CRT (tube) monitor takes a short time to display video when you first boot the computer because the filament must warm up.
If that's what you're using, if you Restart the computer in Windows after having booted it, you may have a display while booting on the external monitor before Windows loads after that.


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#7
June 7, 2012 at 10:31:46
Unfortunately it seems the first response is correct. There appears to be no way to have the BIOS use the external VGA port rather than the laptop screen.

Thanks for your trouble.


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#8
June 7, 2012 at 14:30:40
"......some laptops have a key combo that you must press to toggle the display to external video only / built in display video only / sometimes both - see the Owner's or User's manual for the model (e.g. press both Fn and Fx ; x is a number). "

Dell™ Inspiron™ 9300 Owner's Manual
http://support.dell.com/support/edo...

Dell™ Inspiron™ 9300 Service Manual
http://support.dell.com/support/edo...


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#9
January 23, 2013 at 18:55:01
I was able to use my samsung external monitor with dell inspiron 1545 in safe mode .The trickiest part is able to press keys ( monitor switching Fn+F1 and safe mode button F8. It took 10 or more times to able to do this. Also needs constant pressing of Fn+F1 and Fn+F8 to have this happen. It took lot of hours to figure out.

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