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    HP G50 laptop has broken LCD. Used for 7 months doing continuous usenet downloading using HDMI and DB-15 video outputs.

    Harddrive failed and replaced. Now I want to load XP on it. Laptop is networked with three desktops and it's low power is great to run continuous.

    I think I have Tiny-Vista working, but no HDMI or DB-15 outputs.

    What I need is a way to load 32bit XP with dafault output to HDMI or DB-15.

    I've tried various XP, Tiny-XP, Ubuntu, and several CDs that load in virtual memory.

    Networking has to be enabled or I'd try that.

    Ideally I would like to make a CD/DVD to put in the Laptop that loads and boots XP with no commands and with the external video installed and enabled.

    Thanks. Worst case is to parrot loading commands copied from another computer.

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    Most laptops I've used allow you to swap monitors by pressing the function and screen swap buttons on the keyboard. Does this one not play ball?

    cheers, Paul

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    I have several laptops like this. I had some customers that purchased very low end Best Buy laptops that had a total plastic lid. Several of them ended up with cracked LCDs. I totally cut the lid off and installed XP on them and run them as an all in one (computer and keyboard) with an attached monitor. Some of them have been tricky to figure out how to get the monitor output to the monitor instead of the nonexistent LCD but have go it to work with some fiddling around with the the keyboard button switch. (I think on Dell it is Function-F4)

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    Never thought of using a function key. But that did not work.

    Before the hard drive died, just plugging in an external display worked.
    Was my son's computer with Win7 OS.

    It may need drivers. Not even sure if I have an operating system loaded.

    But thanks for idea.

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    No additional drivers needed, the standard video card does the work.
    The key is normally a combination of Function and the screen key, F10 on mine.

    cheers, Paul

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    What if there were no drivers at all? I replaced the harddrive.

    Looks like F4 on this HP G50-118NR laptop. The F4 key ICON matches the ICON
    at the DB-15 connector. HP manuals were no help.

    Powered up with harddrive removed, LCD in DB-15 and another LCD in HDMI.
    The laptop screen lights up and I can see in the upper left part that works:

    No
    No
    No
    N

    I suspect that means "No Harddrive found". Otherwise the same as with the harddrive installed
    and I think Tiny-Vista. Still no external video. Tried all function keys and display brightness
    function keys do work. Ubuntu seems to load without a harddrive (which it should). And it
    looks like I can boot into BIOS and exit with ESC key.

    I downloaded the HP Intel Graphics drivers for the laptop and will try making a bootable CD
    to get the drivers in. .The Win7 or XP DVD would work if I could see what I was doing.

    Thanks for your help and fresh ideas. I like challenges and will eventually find something that works.

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    You are using the function key along with the F4 key? Mine on my dell is marked Fn in blue and is just to the left of the space bar.

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    Yes, "fn" with display switching key F4 marked by Icon. Tried all funtion keys and display brightness works.

    Thanks

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    Interesting. The router named the laptop "Ubuntu", suggesting Ubuntu did load (without a harddrive)
    and there was network access. Will have to try that again with harddrive installed to see if I can get in
    that way.

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    Let Windows auto-update install needed drivers?

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    Booting into the BIOS should always produce a readable screen because no drivers are needed for text. Make sure you "auto adjust" the LCD.
    If that doesn't work it may be a dead video chip.

    cheers, Paul

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    Solved, thank you all.

    Ubuntu 10.10 netbook boots from CD with multiscreen. (Ubuntu,com).

    So I am on the broken display laptop using external LCD.

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