How to boot directly to projected screen via HDMI/VGA (BIOS)

Hewlett-packard / Envy m4-1115dx
December 2, 2017 at 23:07:27
Specs: Windows 7, 2.2GHz 3rd gen i7-3632QM and 8gb ram
Okay, so I have a HP ENVY m4 Notebook PC, and I had gotten it from a friend. It had a bunch of random stuff on it, and the screen is broken. I ended up factory resetting it and installing Windows 7 Ultimate on it, and from there upon starting up I can't see anything for what I am doing. I don't know the button combinations to get to BIOS (since I just recently got it and can't find much on it online referring to how I'd access BIOS and boot menu etc) and I can't get the display to project to an external source.
I've tried using fn + f4, which is the monitor projection button combination, which BEFORE I factory reset and reinstalled windows, was working. I however now don't get it to project, but there's still display on the laptop itself, which I can't see through the broken screen, but it IS lit up. I can somewhat navigate through the options I'm given, although I have absolutely no clue what they are or what they're for. I've tried countless times and have done hours of research to see if I could find a way to resolve this issue, but have had no luck.
Some things I've tried:
Fn + F4 (during boot up, after boot up, after pressing certain buttons (in which i think i may have gotten to bios) and a few others)
Plugging in the external source whether it be HDMI or VGA at different times of booting
Closing the laptop lid to try to see if it'd force the image on the secondary screen

I know the video card isn't broken, considering I was able to use both HDMI and VGA previously of resetting, and my cables and external monitor are fully functional because I've tried on another laptop. If anybody could be able to help in my problem, I'd greatly appreciate it.
Again, I have an HP ENVY M4, which can be found here for more specification.

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December 2, 2017 at 23:17:21
Get the laptop's screen replaced?

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December 2, 2017 at 23:19:42
Yeah there's always that option, but the screen's $50ish and I haven't got the money to do so at the moment

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December 3, 2017 at 11:12:01
The FN + F4 is three step/sequence routine.

Typically the first press of the pair (Fn followed by F4) is to enable display on external monitor- only.

Second press is both internal/external.

Thirds press is back to internal - only.

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December 3, 2017 at 13:43:17
FN + F4 seems to not do anything for me for whatever reason though, no matter how many times pressed

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December 4, 2017 at 05:28:43
When you reinstalled Windows you probably did not reinstall the drivers, these are necessary for may of these functions to work. You are going to have to use another computer to download them to a flash drive and somehow see them well enough to install them on the laptop. Start with the chipset drivers and then anything graphics and you may have the display options at that point to continue.

If you look up the exact part number for the display you should be able to find a suitable replacement monitor screen on ebay for a lot less. How much depends on what you will put up with. Many are going to be factory rejected and have a few bad pixels or small areas or dots that either do not light up or are wrong in color or texture. You may find a perfect one or an honest company that tells you there are 1-3 small (less than a certain size) colorless imperfections that you can live with. Of course then you will then have to do the surgery yourself so you will have to be handy that way (there will be manuals and even videos available online to help).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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December 4, 2017 at 08:42:32
I appreciate the response, but the thing is after installing Windows, I'm able to insert my hard drive in another laptop and it'll boot up perfectly fine, however in the Envy m4, it doesn't do anything. It'll have options to press, but I can't see them. I know that F8 (I think that's the correct input) goes into bios, but I have no idea what to do from there. So I don't think the drivers would be the issue for the display not appearing on an external device, not to my knowledge anyway. If you could go in further detail as to a solution to my problem, I'd appreciate it.

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December 4, 2017 at 10:15:13
F1 or F10 are the keys hp say allow access to setup/bios area - to be pressed as soon as system starts up. Can be one or the other. Usually branded systems have a company splash screen which is then followed by a black screen with a simple message saying which key to press.

Try F1 and if no joy then F10 ?

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