Ok, I have a laptop (CQ50-211NR ) with a broken screen. The only thing visible is the lower corner. The rest is the classic cracked screen you've seen before.
The computer still works fine. I can easily hook it to an external monitor.
I want to upgrade the OS, but in order to do that, I will have to be outside of Windows (DOS).
The problem is that the external monitor does not kick in until after it boots into Windows. Anytime before that I see a black screen.
I know of the Fn + F4 key combo for my particular model to activate the monitor, but no amount of tries has yielded anything but a black screen until the Vista logo appears where then the monitor works just fine. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to hold those key down or what. Nothing seems to work.
I cant fiddle with any BIOS settings because I cant see anything due to the broken laptop screen.
Is there something I'm missing. I've had other laptops pull this off ok. Any help would be REALLY appreciated!