I've tried everything I can think of to resolve this. I got a laptop with a broken LCD screen, the replacement will be about $80. Before I replace anything I want to be sure it works the only problem is that the existing installation of Windows 7 on it would not load properly. I have since formatted the hard drive in my desktop so now it is an empty 250gb single partition. I removed the recovery stuff and garbage like that too. Its a Compaq CQ56-219WM. I've tried installing Windows 7 blindly, it does not respond after the "Setup is starting..." part, the disc does spin up but after that happens I'm lost. The external display does not work at that point. That is mainly what I want to do with this, if I get it running I'm going to hook it to my TV and have a spare PC in my bedroom. I've looked into booting a live CD and installing Windows from there, but the two I have tried, BartPE and Puppy Linux, do not display on the external display. I hate to give up on this, anyone have any ideas on what I can do to get Windows on here? I have a desktop and two other laptops so I have options open. I am very familiar with using the external display, I use it all the time so I know how it works. Any help is appreciated. If I can't get it working I'll probably just dump it on ebay.