laptop trouble

Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 05:49 am
Hi, I have an old Toshiba Satellite laptop. About a year ago I dropped it and broke the screen, meaning that absolutely nothing is visible. The problem is that I have some files stored on the hardrive that I desperately need for an interview next week. I've tried using a desktop monitor and it works fine until windows launches then goes blank. Obviously I can't enter control panel and change any relevant settings without being able to see! Is there any way I can fix the problem at the setup stage (whilst the screen still works) or is it absolutely essential that I enter Windows?
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Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 07:46 am
What happens if you try to boot up in safe mode?
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Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 07:56 am
Most laptops have a "display" button that will automatically shift from external monitor, to built-in monitor, to cloned displays.

On this keyboard, it would be Function-F5.
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Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 08:51 am
Thanks a lot for the advice. Safe mode fixed the problem and I've got my files on a stick now, ready to be printed out. What a relief!
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