External monitor issue laptop

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by pcbutts1, Jun 25, 2005.

  1. pcbutts1

    pcbutts1 Guest

    My old Sony Vaio laptop with XP SP2 was damaged in that accident I was in a
    few months ago. The screen is cracked. I have been using an external monitor
    on it. In order to use the monitor I had to press fn+F7 to activate it. The
    software that maps those keys is installed by Sony's restore disks, it is
    not part of the bios. I want to format that laptop an reinstall XP using the
    restore disks and turn it into a gaming box. Since the restore disks will
    format the HD what are my chances that the external monitor will not work
    because the drivers for the keys will be deleted. Right now when the system
    boots Then monitor does not come on during post, not until windows starts to
    load.

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    pcbutts1, Jun 25, 2005
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    pcbutts1 Guest

    Could be Spyware trying to hijack you. Download, install, update and run all
    of the following.

    Ad-Aware
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    Spybot search and destroy
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    If none of the above fixes the issue then download Hijack this, run it, save
    a copy of the log file and cut and paste it back here to the group so that
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    pcbutts1, Jun 25, 2005
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    JANA Guest

    Until the drivers are installed and working under Windows, the external
    monitor will not work. If you try to install an operating system, the
    external monitor will not be able to function, until the new system is
    installed. You will therefore, be locked out from being able to see the
    computer. This type of work will not be possible without a proper monitor.

    The bottom line, is that you will have to get the laptop fixed.

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    JANA
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    My old Sony Vaio laptop with XP SP2 was damaged in that accident I was in a
    few months ago. The screen is cracked. I have been using an external monitor
    on it. In order to use the monitor I had to press fn+F7 to activate it. The
    software that maps those keys is installed by Sony's restore disks, it is
    not part of the bios. I want to format that laptop an reinstall XP using the
    restore disks and turn it into a gaming box. Since the restore disks will
    format the HD what are my chances that the external monitor will not work
    because the drivers for the keys will be deleted. Right now when the system
    boots Then monitor does not come on during post, not until windows starts to
    load.

    --


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    JANA, Jun 25, 2005
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    Toolman Tim Guest

    Mine doesn't work that way. The FN key combinations are encoded in the
    hardware, not the software. That applies to both my Sony VAIO and my Dell
    Inspiron. I have no backlight in my Sony so I can't see the LCD display
    either. But when I turn on the power, the external monitor is on
    immediately. I have a setting for LCD/CRT in the CMOS setup that allows it
    to be set to both, or LCD, or CRT. I set it to CRT, and the CRT only setting
    works perfect for this problem - obviously, since I can get into the CMOS.
    (And it's the same on my Dell.) I've never seen one that is software driven,
    because they'd have to have software for multiple OSs. There are too many
    problems leaving that up to software.
     
    Toolman Tim, Jun 25, 2005
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    pcbutts1 Guest

    It's called Hotkey utility. I had to purchase the restore cds from Sony to
    install it. I am going to try the bios because I do get the Sony splash
    screen when first powered on but then it blanks out until windows boots.

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    pcbutts1, Jun 25, 2005
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    Toolman Tim Guest

    Have you checked into getting the LCD replaced? Just wondering, since I need
    to have mine fixed as well. I wouldn't trust it to the dipshits here in
    town, but I'm hoping to find someone with good recommendations that I can
    ship it off to.
     
    Toolman Tim, Jun 25, 2005
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    pcbutts1 Guest

    Yes Sony said about $500.00 for everything so I bought a new system
    http://www.averatec.com/notebooks/6240series.htm. I also need a new case
    because that is broke too. My new one is nice buy the video card sucks big
    time and it will play the latest games. I was able to get to the bios and
    the only setting in there was LCD expansion. It is set to yes. For the past
    2 hours I have been uninstalling everything to clean it up. I may just take
    a chance and use the restore disks it just might work.

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    pcbutts1, Jun 25, 2005
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    Toolman Tim Guest

    Ouch! That's a lotta cash <g>! I'm going to search the web for companies
    that specialize in LCD repair, since that's the only problem I'm having.
    Good luck with yours :)
     
    Toolman Tim, Jun 25, 2005
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    Plato Guest

    My experience is that if a screen is bad it's just not worth the repair
    cost. Which is pretty much the same reason I recommend that if you get a
    laptop get a good warrenty that covers the screen for 3 years.
     
    Plato, Jun 25, 2005
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    Toolman Tim Guest

    The screen is okay - the backlight isn't working. It could be the computer
    video/mainboard, the inverter, or the actual CCFL tubes around the LCD. But
    I don't have any way to test these. If it's the inverter, that's pretty
    cheap. If it's the CCFL tubes, it's a little more, but if it's a problem
    with the integrated video, then it's probably not worth fixing.
     
    Toolman Tim, Jun 25, 2005
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    pcbutts1 Guest

    pcbutts1, Jun 25, 2005
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    Toolman Tim Guest

    Cool! I got this Vaio used, and have the restore discs. I'd rather not have
    to go there, but it's nice to have them already in case I need them.
     
    Toolman Tim, Jun 25, 2005
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