I recently received my ex's old laptop, which is pretty good and I enjoy using it despite the crap I have to go through to make it work. The internal fan is broken, so I have to sit the laptop on a large box fan so it doesn't overheat within twenty minutes. So far, that's worked fine. I keep it plugged in because the battery is dead and I've removed the battery, and also recently I believe it was stepped on or something heavy was placed on it, so the entire right half of the screen is in black and white with cracks, where a small portion of the left side can show base color but not much else and is all vertically lines. I can see the placement of the mouse vertically on that side, but not horizontally. So the screen's boned.
I've been using HDMI to hook it up to my television, a Samsung SyncMaster B2330HD something or other, but I recently broke my HDMI Cable and have yet to purchase a new one as I'm broke (hence my using this piece of junk laptop instead of replacing the screen or buying a new one). I have a spare VGA cable though, so I switched to that instead, which also was working for some time. However as of yesterday the laptop gave me a blue screen, which I know is not from overheating as when it overheats it just shuts itself down properly. I was unable to catch the blue screen error, and after that, it stopped reading the vga cable. I looked into the problem a bit on my own and at first, and I managed to get it to work again after taking out and putting back in the vga cable. However today it blue screened again, and now it won't read the TV again. Tried the same method that made it work before, and it's done nothing.
I have tried the fn + f4 keys, which do nothing, and I have tried the windows + p keys which also do nothing. I get stuck on the login screen, and I can't seem to login. My laptop is passworded and running Windows 7. The laptop is an HP Pavillion dv6 running AMD graphics although I have no more specifics than that since I can't get into the laptop and the sticker is worn so badly I can't read a single letter on it.
Today I tried all the key combinations, logging in multiple times, multiple restarts, attempting to get into safe mode (which I was unable to do as I have to hit enter at start up to bypass the "Your internal fan is broken" dialogue and I honestly just can't get the timing right to get it into safe mode or figure out when to hit what), removing and plugging the VGA cable in at both ends, turning the tv on and off, shutting the laptop lid on startup multiple times, changing the TV source multiple times, and just about everything else I could think of. I then gave up and I will try some of this again later, but. Is this thing hopeless?