Solved Transfer contents from laptop A with broken display to another laptop/desktop B


infinity

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The easy way is to buy a m2 enclosure, rip out the drive to do the transfer. Is there a more direct way, like can I use a USB type-A to C cable to do the transfer given I cannot see anything on the broken laptop screen? IT does boot into windows though.
 

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    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 3600
    Motherboard
    MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
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    GSkill RipJawz 16Gbx2
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given I cannot see anything on the broken laptop screen? IT does boot into windows though.
Does the laptop have an HDMI connector? Do you have an HDMI cable and a TV you could use as a monitor?
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
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    1TB HDD
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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
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    Defender
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    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

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yes it does, but I'm afraid it's more than a display issue. When connected to an external monitor, I can see the boot screen (i.e. an Asus logo with spinning wheels), but after it boots successfully into Windows (with the startup sound), there is no display at all (I can see backlight on the laptop, but no display signal on the monitor).
 

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    Win 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 3600
    Motherboard
    MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
    Memory
    GSkill RipJawz 16Gbx2
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX960
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    WD750 SSD 1TB
    PSU
    650w FSP

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Laptops usually have a function key combination to switch between using the internal display and an external monitor. On my Acer it's Fn+F5, on my Dell it's Fn+F8.

For an Asus it is typically Fn+F8.

Note: The hotkeys functions may be different based on different models, please refer to the User Manuals.


HotkeysFunctionsRequired Driver & Utility
Fn+F9Turn on/off touchpad1. Install ATKACPI driver and ATK hotkey tool
2. Install the driver for touchpad
Fn+F10/F11/F12Mute/Adjust volume1. Install ATKACPI driver and ATK hotkey tool
2. Install the driver for Audio
Fn+F5/F6/F7/F8Monitor brightness/on & off/Toggle Display modeInstallation of driver & utility is not required
Fn+CToggle "ASUS Splendid" mode1. Install ATKACPI driver and ATK hotkey tool
2. Install ASUS Splendid
Fn+F2Toggle Wi-Fi on/off1. Install ATKACPI driver and ATK hotkey tool
2. Windows 8/8.1/10: Install ASUS Wireless Radio Control
Windows 7: Install Wireless Console3
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB HDD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

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Try booting to safe mode until you can at least see something on the TV?
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 5410
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-11320H @ up to 4.5GHz
    Motherboard
    Present
    Memory
    16GB, 2x8GB, DDR4, 3200MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) Iris(R) Xe Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP 24mh (ext), 14.0-inch FHD (1920 x 1080)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    512GB NVMe BC711_NVMe SK hynix
    Backups - 500GB SimpleDrive (ext), WD 750GB (ext)
    Case
    Slim
    Cooling
    Kootek Cooling Pad
    Keyboard
    Logitech K360 (ext)
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    Logitech 510
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    941.93
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    Defender, Malwarebytes

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Windows key + P then use down arrow blindly to get to 'Duplicate' then press enter,


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System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Pro & Dev.
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS VivoBook
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700U with Radeon Vega Mobile Gfx
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. X509DA (FP5)
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    RX Vega 10 Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (1920x1080@60Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080@60Hz
    Hard Drives
    INTEL SSD 660p 512GB NVMe
    Internet Speed
    25 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ACER
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5800H / 3.2 GHz
    Motherboard
    CZ Scala_CAS (FP6)
    Memory
    16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 SDRAM 3200 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 SDRAM
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio. NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6" LED backlight 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 144 Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
    Hard Drives
    1.024 TB SSD M.2 2280 - Samsung
    PSU
    180 Watt, 19.5 V
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    25 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
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-guys, the above solutions assume only the laptop display itself is broken. However, I'm not exactly sure what else is broken as I could still see the boot logo on my external monitor, which means the projection was already set to Extend in the first place.

In any case, I also tried Fn+F8 after it booted to Windows, but no dice too. Nothing happened.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 3600
    Motherboard
    MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
    Memory
    GSkill RipJawz 16Gbx2
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX960
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    WD750 SSD 1TB
    PSU
    650w FSP

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I've used what @Bree said using the VGA port on some and the HDMI port on a couple others. Traditionally the VGA was intended for a Projector for use in meetings. Another choice may be a LapLink cable and software made for the purpose, the cable may be a cross-over rather than a straight-through and uses the Ethernet ports.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5
    Memory
    8GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA using DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    21"
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security

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-guys, the above solutions assume only the laptop display itself is broken. However, I'm not exactly sure what else is broken as I could still see the boot logo on my external monitor, which means the projection was already set to Extend in the first place.

In any case, I also tried Fn+F8 after it booted to Windows, but no dice too. Nothing happened.
Did you try troubleshooting before and maybe set the laptop to boot to safe mode via msconfig? If so then nothing will show on an external monitor after boot in safe mode on a laptop.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Pro & Dev.
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS VivoBook
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700U with Radeon Vega Mobile Gfx
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. X509DA (FP5)
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    RX Vega 10 Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (1920x1080@60Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080@60Hz
    Hard Drives
    INTEL SSD 660p 512GB NVMe
    Internet Speed
    25 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ACER
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5800H / 3.2 GHz
    Motherboard
    CZ Scala_CAS (FP6)
    Memory
    16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 SDRAM 3200 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 SDRAM
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio. NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6" LED backlight 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 144 Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
    Hard Drives
    1.024 TB SSD M.2 2280 - Samsung
    PSU
    180 Watt, 19.5 V
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    25 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
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    Defender

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Your OP says “the easy way is to rip out the drive”
Why can’t you do that? Seems to me that nothing suggested is working so the obvious thing to do is “the easy way”
Or is that too simplistic?
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro Beta, 11 Dev, W10 VHDX Triple Boot
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Alienware M15 Ryzen Edition R6
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HX
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 8GB GDDR6
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 980 Pro 1TB
    1 x Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB

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I've used what @Bree said using the VGA port on some and the HDMI port on a couple others. Traditionally the VGA was intended for a Projector for use in meetings. Another choice may be a LapLink cable and software made for the purpose, the cable may be a cross-over rather than a straight-through and uses the Ethernet ports.
VGA might work as it kicks in at bios level. HDMI does not kick in until windows starts to load normally.

However, if problem is with say graphics card rather than display, then unlikely to work.


Any cable solution assumes you have setup pcs to communicate. Even using an ethernet cable requires a bit of setting up.

In the end, the only sure fire solution is to put drive in a usb caddy.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro + others in VHDs
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS Vivobook 14
    CPU
    I7
    Motherboard
    Yep, Laptop has one.
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated Intel Iris XE
    Sound Card
    Realtek built in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    N/A
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Optane NVME SSD, 1 TB NVME SSD
    PSU
    Yep, got one
    Case
    Yep, got one
    Cooling
    Stella Artois
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Bluetooth , wired
    Internet Speed
    72 Mb/s :-(
    Browser
    Edge mostly
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    TPM 2.0
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