My brother broke his screen on his touchscreen hp laptop(windows 8) and couldn't find the receipt or warranty info. So my mom went out and bought him a new acer. The laptop sat in his closet for awhile until i got him to let me have it. I figured i could hook it up to a monitor for my kids so they could stay off of my laptop. Had to order an adapter because the monitor had only vga while the laptop had only hdmi. After hooking it up with the adapter it worked fine. But he had so much crap on the laptop that it was not running great and had pop ups constantly. So my bf decided to do a system recovery. Since then it is not connecting to the monitor and we can not see anything on the broken screen to know what to do. Really wishing we would have thought about that possibility before doing the system recovery :/ Please somebody help. I am not very knowledgeable with computers aside from the basics so if you guys can explain it in a way that i can understand that would be great.