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My laptop has a broken screen (for a while now) and unfortunately I won't be able to fix/replace it for a little while longer than I hoped. Is there some way that I can get VT's to show on the external monitor? (I can't ssh into it, I don't have another computer to do that with :[).

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isn't there a VGA port to connect with the monitor? – Gaurav Butola Nov 14 '10 at 19:08
did you read the question fully? lol – RolandiXor Nov 14 '10 at 19:59
Don't be rude, it's a valid question. Some drivers do figure out to display on the external monitor if you simply plug it in at boot. – LasseValentini Nov 15 '10 at 0:39
O.o rude? I just asked if he read the question fully, because he asked if I have a VGA port when it's obvious I do: "to show on the external monitor?" – RolandiXor Nov 15 '10 at 1:04
There's no apostrophe in the plural "terminals". – poolie Nov 17 '10 at 1:33
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Yes it is possible, depending on the laptop. Anything that uses the standard VGA text mod shouldn't have a problem with an external monitor, although you may need to switch on the external monitor using the keyboard switch. I had an HP laptop with a broken screen & was working with both the command line & X with an external monitor, without having the enable the screen when using a VT.

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is there a way to force this from the VT? – RolandiXor Nov 17 '10 at 0:09

I had a laptop with a similar problem, and what I did was to press the key sequence to switch to the external monitor while it was going through the bios screens, before Linux or grub was involved.

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