Help me navigate with a broken screen

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Simgar988, May 24, 2010.

  1. Simgar988 macrumors 65816


    Jul 22, 2009
    I sold my macbook pro 2.2ghz (still in my possession) and am trying to get my photos and stuff off of it before i restore it. I have connected it to an external monitor before with success (the computer works perfectly minus the broken screen) but for some reason i can't get it to hook up again. I know it's due to my incompetence that I can't get it to connect so some help/ tips would be appreciated.

    Should I already have the monitor plugged in before i turn the computer or plug it in after it's on?

    Is the f7 button the button to push to switch which monitor is being used?

    I just can't figure it out since the screen is broken. Thanks
  2. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    When you connect your Mac to the external monitor, does nothing happen at all? You should at least get some background image on the screen. If nothing comes up whatsoever, there's something wrong.

    Restart your Mac. Try reconnecting the cable to the computer and to the monitor. Make sure the monitor is on the right input. Try a different cable or a different monitor.

    If all those options fail, something else would be wrong with your computer.
  3. teleromeo macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2006
    kidnapped by aliens
    Why not start up in target mode and copy to another mac with a firewire cable ?
  4. DontMacTheGyver macrumors regular


    Mar 20, 2010
    I always close my MB (external monitor connected) after pushing the power button...
    --> External monitor is now the primary monitor

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