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WinXP Initial Setup, Broken Laptop Monitor

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#1 myohmyke


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Posted 06 April 2013 - 12:06 PM

The keyboard FN-shortcuts ony my Asus eeePC don't work at all during the initial setup.  I want to set the old thing up so my mom can work on church bulletins and such without being cooped in the computer room, when I took it out of storage, though, I found the monitor was cracked.  I've mounted the harddrive externally on other computers and it is fine, the memory should be fine, and whatnot, and I ran the onboad flash-restore to restore XP to default.


That was a mistake, apparently.  I can't get into Windows to switch to the external until I complete initial set-up; I can't complete initial set-up because I have no usable monitor. =\  I tried booting into Safe Mode - that popped up on the exernal, but only gave me the dialog box "Setup is not yet complete, run setup again." and restarted.  I booted with "VGA COmpatability Mode" on, and the first dialog box appears on the external.  Sadly, it's the box that says "Windows will automatically configure display settings," the external monitor gets turned off, and I"m SOL again.


I can't blindly run through the set-up because I, evidentally, can't find the images or video of it online.  The one I did find I tried to do, and I either end up shutting the system down somehow, or it either 'hangs' or is trying to connect to the internet (whicxh it can't, because it needs a password).  Is there any hope for it at all?


Edit: The BIOS has no option to disable onboard monitor.  Pretty much everything else can be disabled, but not that.  Maybe a new bios patch has that feature?  Ill have to check...

Edited by hamluis, 06 April 2013 - 12:49 PM.
Moved from XP to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.

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#2 lti


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Posted 07 April 2013 - 03:07 PM

You might be able to unplug the display to force it to output to the external monitor, but you would have to disassemble the laptop.


I've never seen a laptop where the display switching shortcut didn't work at all times, but I haven't worked on laptops that treat the external video output as a secondary display. The laptops I've worked on were old and duplicated the video on all displays, even if the graphics controller supported multiple displays.

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