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Laptop Screen Broken. Need VGA out in Bios to Factory Reset Prior to Sale,

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by stusmad, Sep 17, 2010.

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  1. stusmad

    stusmad Thread Starter

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    Hi there!

    My Wife recently broke her laptop screen and not wanting to replace it as she wanted a new laptop, I'm selling it.

    The laptop works fine under Vista, connected to my little LCD TV using the VGA out, however I want to sell the laptop factory restored and then free space 7 pass - wipe the HDD.

    My problem is that if I try to restore the laptop using the HP software, which restarts the laptop to dos, I get no VGA out. I only get VGA out when Vista loads, thus preventing me seeing anything of the BIOS screens or command prompts/restore software's input fields under Restore, so basically I cannot actually use restore, and cannot access BIOS to perhaps force the VGA out if at all possible.

    I feel this is a chicken and egg situation and don't have any knowledge of how to circumvent this if it is at all possible.

    I would be sooooo grateful if someone knows what, if anything, can be done to force the VGA out perhaps using windows before hitting restore which would shut down the laptop and reboot with VGA output thus allowing me to see what I'm doing on the TV whilst carrying out the reset. I could always use the HP forums and tech support too I guess!

    The laptop is a HP 6720s running Vista Home Basic. Sorry, but I'm not sure of the BIOS version! :confused:


    Many thanks,

    Stu.
     
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    stusmad Thread Starter

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    Sorry to bump, but I'm guessing this is as much a problem to folks as I thought it was going to be!

    Anyone??? :)
     
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