Broken Screen + External Monitor + Windows

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Nny0, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. Nny0 macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I recently dropped my macbook and the monitor cracked. sadface :(

    Having used external monitors with it in the past (under Mac OS), I just connected one and all was fine there. Happy enough face :)

    But then I needed to get into windows, and the same way to get the external monitor working was not working. sadface again :(

    So I went to google and was like "yo google help me out plz" :confused:

    And I found out that in order to get an external monitor to work in windows period, you have to mess around in the settings. :eek:

    Threads I was reading though were from 2006-2008ish range. Does anyone have any idea how I can get an external monitor to work in windows without having to configure anything (since I can't see)? :D

    I'll love you forever :eek:

    (Or at least for a little bit)
     
  2. blackburn macrumors 6502a

    blackburn

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    win key + p or in an mac keyboard cmd + p (it works for windows 7) or you could try unplug and plug back the external monitor onto the macbook after windows boots.
     
  3. Nny0 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for the response! Unfortunately, I'm not using Windows 7 but rather Windows XP, and cmd+P does not do anything :(

    unplug/replug also didn't work.

    I did have a light bulb though.

    The way I get the monitor to work on macbook is as so: Load into Mac OS, close the lid, and plug in my USB Controller. After this, the external monitor becomes the only monitor, and I can open back up my laptop and use that mouse/keyboard (I do not have a USB keyboard/mouse with me, away at college).

    So anyway, light bulb:

    Upon holding down alt after the computer starts up, to select between Windows and Mac, I could apply the above so that the external monitor becomes the main monitor before even loading up windows.

    Problem: Plugging in my USB Controller did not load up the external monitor.
    Possible solution: Maybe a USB keyboard/mouse, which would send commands to the computer, would wake up the computer so that it would load on the external monitor.

    I'm going to try this out once I can find a USB keyboard or mouse, but figured I'd post it now to see if anyone knew ahead of time if it would(n't) work.
     

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