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How to install operating system on laptop with a cracked scr

February 21, 2016 at 00:38:02
Specs: Windows 8, na
Can I disconnect my laptop screen from the motherboard and connect a monitor? I have a Dell Inspiron laptop that I use a hdmi cord with due to the bad screen. Recently I had to get a new hard drive from Dell but I can't install the disk they gave me because the hdmi won't connect as in sleep mode.

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February 21, 2016 at 03:28:55
External monitor won't work for a Windows install, and there's no way to connect an external monitor to the laptop's motherboard. The laptop screen is connected by a ribbon cable and no external monitor has a connector for a ribbon cable.

You must get a new laptop screen fitted.

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February 21, 2016 at 04:17:09
Just a thought phil.

I haven't done this since XP but is there a chance the OP could create an unattended install disk with the drivers for HDMI included?

Edit: on further consideration after guessing that the install process has finished there would need to be a key combination entered to direct the video signal to an external device. Could be hit and miss.

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February 21, 2016 at 06:43:18
If the unattended install approach worked, then the key combination to route to the external display ought to? On most laptops it's an F key combination - Press F and a suitably labelled key. The sequence being to switch to external, internal and external, and back to internal each time you press the designated key?

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February 21, 2016 at 08:11:23
What can you see on the cracked screen, anything at all?

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February 21, 2016 at 12:13:38
Thoretically you could remove the hard drive and use an external enclosure / usb cable adaptor and another computer to install


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February 21, 2016 at 13:08:30
Installing the OS on the hard drive connected to another computer may not work? When the drive is re-installed into its "home"computer... the hardware etc. will be quite different... But possibly (if there is finally an external display working) one may be able to run a repair installation for the initial one done via another computer?

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