how to see laptop BIOS settings on external monitor

September 1, 2011 at 17:27:56
Specs: Windows Vista, T3400 Pentium dual
I Need to be able to see BIOS on external monitor, yeah screen is busted but buying a new screen or laptop is not an option, external dont load until windows welcome screen.

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September 1, 2011 at 17:48:19
Sometimes a secondary monitor can be connected to the laptop and it will show up. A few problems exist. The monitor may be too slow to see the option to access bios. Second may be that the monitor needs to be switched by keystroke/hotkey or by bios edit.
And it may be that the system is junked and can't work.

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September 3, 2011 at 05:04:23
The problem is that on a laptop, the external display output does not become active until Windows starts loading. Until that point is reached, the external monitor does not exist. That's because the settings related to making an external monitor "active" are in the Windows Display Properties which don't "kick in" until Windows starts.

There's no way to access your laptop's BIOS settings with an external monitor.

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December 16, 2011 at 03:12:54
I have exactly the same problem. I'm trying to connect to external display during start-up to see the BIOS because my screen is also broken and the laptop will not login to Windows. According to my research, there is no way to connect to external display before Windows starts up. So the only option is to either:

1. fix the screen or
2. use the BIOS blind - find a similar model to your laptop and copy the steps

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