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    Why does Ubuntu (and others) work, while win7 doesn't (on my machine)?


    Hello friends.
    New here, new to Linux (lovin' it for now).

    Ok, i'll try to be brief - this is a real riddle for you experts.

    1. I have a laptop, and its screen is broken (U cannot see anything through it).

    2. I plugged an external monitor (i really actually rather have it this way).

    3. When I boot the laptop, the external monitor doesn't light up until Ubuntu (which is what i am using) comes to life.

    4. This means that I have no access to my BIOS (the entire booting up process).

    5. I need to use Win7 (don't shot me for it).

    6. When I install a LIVE CD of Ubuntu (or any other distro), my laptop automatically recognizes it, runs the CD (i can't see anything mind U - but I hear it spinning and loading), and once its done loading, i can see the OS.
    From this point, as you all know, i can just hit INSTALL UBUNTU.

    BUT - and here's the big issue - when I insert a Win7 DVD (i have an original copy), even though I can hear it loading, and it does indeed load, I CANNOT see anything once it's done loading (this is the first point in the installation process of win7).

    So I have a Q: Why is it, that UBUNTU (and others) detects my external monitor, and Win7 does not? Why?
    I would assume that once win7 loads up the installation DVD, my external monitor will than light up, and I can continue from there.

    Any ideas? Suggestions?

    THANKS

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    Ubuntu boot process is invisible because during boot process, it's using generic driver and settings. After successful boot up, X Server takes over display and configure External Monitor correctly. That's why Ubuntu Desktop appears but Ubuntu boot process doesn't.

    Windows 7 Installation DVD doesn't have any specialized Display settings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devils casper View Post
    Ubuntu boot process is invisible because during boot process, it's using generic driver and settings. After successful boot up, X Server takes over display and configure External Monitor correctly. That's why Ubuntu Desktop appears but Ubuntu boot process doesn't.

    Windows 7 Installation DVD doesn't have any specialized Display settings.


    First of all, thanks so much for the answer.

    Second - I get it now! U know how long I have been asking this Q, and no help. Thanks.

    Ok. Now I need your brain again. What would U do than, if you wanted (needed) win7?

    Here's what I was thinking (but im not so good at thinking): maybe i'll install win7 on a USB flash drive. Than, I will configure win7 to "know" (recognize) that I have an external monitor plugged in......
    Oh wait.... I just realized; running 7 from a usb drive still doesn't mean that I will be able to see it on the external monitor, no?

    mm..... what should I do?
    Brainstorm

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    Welcome to the forums, benyben!

    Just a quick note to let you know I'm moving this to the Coffee Lounge since Windows issues are considered off-topic.

    Good luck with it... hope you get it all going the way you want it.
    oz

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    your laptop is weird, when i boot up my laptop with external monitors connected BIOS screen shows up on them, do you have a function + key combination to enable external monitor?

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    Tried till my fingers got blisters on them.

    Didn't work.

    Any other suggestions? PLEASE, i am really desperate here

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    Quote Originally Posted by benyben View Post
    5. I need to use Win7 (don't shot me for it).
    Whats wrong with Windows 7? I have no complaints

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    To be honest, me neither. But this is a Linux forum. I was afraid (-:

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    Quote Originally Posted by benyben View Post
    Tried till my fingers got blisters on them.

    Didn't work.

    Any other suggestions? PLEASE, i am really desperate here
    What is the make and model of the laptop?

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    Lenovo N100, 0768-BLG
    (T5500, Nvidia GeForce 7300 Go)
    2 gig ram

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