My laptop screen was broken several months ago and ive just had it sitting around since thing until i figured out what to do with it. suddenly the idea came along to attach an external monitor to it so that the laptop would function as the "hard drive". i talked to the network guy here at my office and he said this shouldnt be a problem...so i tried it yesterday with a monitor i had layin around (i dont want to spend any $$). anyway, i plugged the monitor into the port in the back of the laptop, and booted the laptop. on the first try the background came up on the new monitor and i could move the cursor around. but, no icons or task bar at all. when i right clicked the desktop to try to navigate to properties to make sure the new monitor was selected nothing happened. tried ctrl, alt, del; nothing happened. manually powered the machine down by holding in the power button. upon rebooting, there was no cursor this time, still no icons or task bar, but the background was there so this is promising.
i had started up the laptop before this, and i feel as though the icons and taskbar were there b/c i heard the little "pop" or "boop" that happens when a notification bubble come out of the lower right hand corner....but obviously i couldnt see it b/c the screen is cracked...any help anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated, i dont have enough $$ to buy a new laptop and it seems a waste to junk this one when theoretically it should work.
could my problem be w/ the laptop itself, only the screen is injured, nothing else. or does it sound as tho the laptop and the new monitor simply are not "jiving". the monitor is on older one, the laptop is a dell inspiron 1150.