Having broke my screen, I've transfered my hard drive to another similar laptop build, to have immidiate access to it.
It worked enough to view and access my data even though most of the drivers on the drive weren't corresponding to the machine's hardware.
Especially , the display resolution was wrong because the original machine had a basic GMA card/device and the replacement laptop had a dedicated one(ATI). Noticing that, windows vista offered to restart the computer to apply windows default drivers for the type of graphic card it had recognized. Of course it wasn't necessary at all, it was only for resolution comfort, I knew I'd make a fool the moment I had accepted.
Now, I'd like to switch back to the original machine and to use an external display via the vga port...
The problem is that as the graphic drivers have changed, the default graphic accelerator doesn't handle the external display...
I wish I could again accept vista's proposition to reboot and reinstall basic (default) drivers but I'm totally blind... The device I could have used to dispaly anything isn't suppported.
Is there any procedure that can help?
Thank you very much for any insights, I feel very stuck, in the dark...
I think by now you have figured out that the changes you need to make for the external one to work, first require the internal one to make the changes in.
I fear you are between a rock and a hard place. I suspect the cost of replacing the screen is out of proportion to the current value of the laptop.