BootCamp install with broken MBA LCD

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by elsparko, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. elsparko macrumors newbie

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    Had this in the macbook air forum originally but found no joy so thought it might be a more appropriate place in the bootcamp threads....

    Hi guys, ive pretty much exhausted every line of thought i had on this now before posting here, so hopefully one of you good folks might be able to suggest something that i havent already thought of. so, the situation is this, late 2010 A1369 13" MBA with a cracked lcd. use it with and external monitor no problem in osx in clamshell mode, but insurance for the damage covered the purchase of a new pro for me, so i want to sacrifice the air to my arcade machine and just run windows on it.

    thing is, when i run bootcamp and it begins the windows install, the display switches to the lcd and i cannot see what is on the screen and will under no circumstances output to the external monitor with the mini display port plugged in.

    like i say i have exhausted everything i can think of bar one option at this stage. I am thinking that i might be able to take out the ssd and install windows to the bootcamp partition with another machine and cross my fingers when i replace it and boot it back up and hope that windows with recognise the external display. somehow though i think this might be wishful thinking!

    so, can anybody suggest me something else, possibly easier? and replacing the lcd isnt an option as it is far too expensive.

    would there be anyway of outputting the main display to a monitor by rewiring the display-out ribbon or anything?
     
  2. kpgh554 macrumors regular

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    windows should reckonise the external the external display you might get the loading drivers for new device alert but not see any reason it not run
     
  3. elsparko thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the reply, yeah, thats what i thought, but apparently the windows install will only output to the lcd. once windows has installed it apparently recognised the external display no problem
     
  4. kpgh554 macrumors regular

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    I might be worth a try to load windows using another comp but windows system orientated so will complain about it not being right. but if load it in demo mode try if work then register it with serial number. only other thing to try is to disconnect inbuilt screen altogether so only external to see to recognize
     
  5. alexrmc92 macrumors regular

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    Windows defaults to the internal LCD, you have to enable the other screen in the resolution settings after installing the drivers. I'm not sure how you would do this with a broken screen. Can you see anything on the internal LCD?
     

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