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Old 01-30-2018, 10:51 AM   #1
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Trying to install several distros with broken laptop screen (see attachment)


Hi,

Some distros allow it, some don't, i.e., to connect to an alternative screen via VGA or HDMI when working from a laptop). Ubuntu does, Debian doesn't seem to, etc.

I've thought of some solutions but no idea how to make them happen.

1/ Make it so that my computer displays only on the part of the screen that is visible, i.e., as though my screen was simply the visible part (however, without an OS, I doubt if this is possible)

2/ Somehow make it so that I can get a TV screen or other monitor working via VGA or HDMI.

It's a Toshiba Sattellite C40D - A.

Another question, how could I do this for a specific operation system (make it so that the computer thinks the actual screen is just that part of the screen that is actually visible).

Thanks,

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Old 01-30-2018, 02:19 PM   #2
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This has AMD Radeon™ HD 8210 Graphics, so you need a distro with support for that.

Specification says that you have HDMI, so you should be able to use a TV if you want to as a screen, or a specific HDMI monitor.

Most laptops have the option of re directing the output to external sources by pressing a button above the keyboard.
 
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Toshiba-SAT...EAAOSwBahVZozV

ever replace a laptop screen before... just an idea.


text installer, not the gui one. it'd display in the middle of your screen and not take up that much space so you could read it.
 
Old 01-30-2018, 06:15 PM   #4
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Many thanks fatmac and BW-userx for your replies.

I get the impression that FN+F5 (to activate the external monitor) only works if you're in the context of an OS (I do say "impression," I'm not absolutely sure although I've tried many times... Am I don't something wrong?). For example, I don't know if I could see my bios displaying via an external monitor. I see nothing when the computer boots up. When the external monitor does work, it seems to kick in only once a live OS boots up.

The computer isn't worth much, it doesn't seem worth it to buy a new monitor and to install it. On the other hand, I don't really just want to throw it out. I thought I might use it as my entertainment centre, connecting it permanently to my TV, with harddisks permanently connected (music, pics, videos), for streaming, YouTube, etc.

Maybe I should just throw it out. I don't know.

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Old 01-30-2018, 07:05 PM   #5
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Many thanks fatmac and BW-userx for your replies.

I get the impression that FN+F5 (to activate the external monitor) only works if you're in the context of an OS (I do say "impression," I'm not absolutely sure although I've tried many times... Am I don't something wrong?). For example, I don't know if I could see my bios displaying via an external monitor. I see nothing when the computer boots up. When the external monitor does work, it seems to kick in only once a live OS boots up.

The computer isn't worth much, it doesn't seem worth it to buy a new monitor and to install it. On the other hand, I don't really just want to throw it out. I thought I might use it as my entertainment centre, connecting it permanently to my TV, with harddisks permanently connected (music, pics, videos), for streaming, YouTube, etc.

Maybe I should just throw it out. I don't know.
sell it on eBay get a few bucks for it towards another working used one that you could use to play with.
 
Old 01-31-2018, 03:02 AM   #6
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1/ Make it so that my computer displays only on the part of the screen that is visible
the dark parts will likely get larger over time, i've seen this a few times.

i have once or twice changed a laptop screen.
i was lucky to have 2 laptops with a fairly generic 1280x800 LCD, bu8t they also sell those on ebay. sometimes one can also buy a broken laptop (not the screen obviously) with an identical screen, might be much cheaper.
the work is fiddly, but rather simple. just screws and 2 plugs.
 
  


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