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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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.

  • is there a way to force this from the VT?
    – RolandiXor
    Nov 17, 2010 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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