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Sony VGN A170B Boot without LCD to External Monitor?

Discussion in 'Laptops' started by robear, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. robear

    robear Guest


    I am trying to figure out if I can boot my Sony notebook using only an
    external screen. I "accidently" dropped my notebook out of the carry
    bag onto concrete and smashed its screen. Case didn't even get a
    scratch on it.

    I have checked the HDD (on a different PC) and motherboard, etc and all
    is OK. That is no cracks in the circuit boards, CPU, memory seated
    properly, etc

    When I turn the notebook on, all the correct LED's turn on, the HDD
    spins up, but that's all. The External screen does not display
    anything, nor do I get any beeps.

    I am wondering if this is a Sony thing where because it cant find the
    LCD screen (or doesnt get a valid OK signal back from it) it wont

    Is this the case?

    Any ideas? Before I spend big bucks for a replacement LCD, I want to
    make sure the notebook is OK...

    robear, Mar 12, 2006
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  2. robear

    jimbo Guest

    My Sony PCG-F420 booted OK with a bad LCD and an external monitor. If
    your laptop doesn't boot with an external monitor connected, your
    laptop is probably damaged.

    Good luck, jimbo
    jimbo, Mar 12, 2006
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  3. robear

    robear Guest

    Thanks Jimbo..

    The boards are fine as it starts up to a point... From other sources, I
    think what I mentioned regarding the internal screen signal possibly
    holds true.

    Looks like I will just have to keep looking....

    Thanks for your reply...
    robear, Mar 22, 2006
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