Solved recovering laptop system using external LCD monitor.

Toshiba / Satellite a100
January 8, 2012 at 20:18:14
Specs: Windows XP , Intel centrino core duo
My laptop's LCD is dead and cannot be used. I have connected the laptop to external LCD monitor through VGA cable and now am using it as a desktop. I just need to format the hard drive and install windows XP. I have the original recovery disks that came with the laptop which would restore the system to the factory settings. My question is since I am using the external monitor would there be any issues while recovering the operating system. e.g. would there be any driver issues when sending the signal to the monitor while reinstalling. I am only concerned about it because there wouldn't be any display other than the external for me to do any troubleshooting should there be any issues. pls help

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January 9, 2012 at 12:00:17
If you can see the BIOS screen on the external monitor then you are good to go. Just boot from the recovery DVD and follow the on screen instructions. The chances are there wont be many and the recovery DVD will just get one with it, creating and deleting partitions as necessary.

Bear in mind that using the recovery DVD you will probably lose everything on the hard disk.

Stuart



#1
January 8, 2012 at 20:55:31
Just do it!

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#2
January 8, 2012 at 21:20:29
It wont be a problem. One monitor is pretty much the same as another as far as the OS is concerned. You only need be concerned with graphics drivers as there are no such thing as monitor drivers.

Stuart


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#3
January 9, 2012 at 01:31:47
Sorry to disagree here. The switch to the external monitor is software driven. laptop bios and setup cannot display on the external monitor. You will be unable to install the operating system since keyboard input is required at several stages and you will not be able to see those since graphics drivers will not yet be loaded.
You will have to get the laptop screen repaired/replaced in order to proceed with operating system re-install.

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#4
January 9, 2012 at 05:31:03
"The switch to the external monitor is software driven"

Software driven? You mean that if I had a laptop with a bad screen & no HDD installed, I couldn't attach a external monitor & see the boot/BIOS screen? Sorry, but I think you're wrong.


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#5
January 9, 2012 at 08:56:00
okay I am getting a bit scared to start the process now. Please note that I won't be using a windows XP cd to reinstall the operating system but I have a Toshiba Product recovery DVD ROM. So would that make a difference? As far as I can remember I just need to insert the DVD ROM and press enter. I think at one stage it would ask about the partitioning the hard drives and that's it. then the process would go on until it comes to the windows xp welcome screen. There were no other prompt questions that I need to give any feed back to. Please note that at the moment I can get into bios/boot screen using the external. I just don't want to start the process if this is going to be a trouble.

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January 9, 2012 at 12:00:17
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If you can see the BIOS screen on the external monitor then you are good to go. Just boot from the recovery DVD and follow the on screen instructions. The chances are there wont be many and the recovery DVD will just get one with it, creating and deleting partitions as necessary.

Bear in mind that using the recovery DVD you will probably lose everything on the hard disk.

Stuart


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#7
January 9, 2012 at 19:35:29
thank you very much I will do the recovery as soon as possible and let you know the outcome.

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