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10-17-2011 09:12 AM - edited 10-18-2011 01:51 AM
Can anyone help me work out how to get a Pavilion dv6 (dv6-3236NR / LK469UA#ABA) to send BIOS display output to an external VGA monitor? (ie. not just within windows)
I would consider it success if you can do the following => connect an external monitor (via VGA), remove all power, power back on, all display is showing up on external monitor, hit F10, can see BIOS on external monitor.
I can do this for the Probook 6460b - It is just a case of connecting an external monitor, hitting ESC to stop at the startup menu, Fn-F4 and then close lid. I can then drop/re-add power, boot (via WOL) and all display shows up on the external monitor. I can't get it to work on a dv6
The reason we need to be able to do this is to allow us to rebuild these laptops at a remote site using an IP KVM with Power control (as we do for servers with iLO's). Worked perfectly with 6460b.
[edited to make clear this is a question]
10-18-2011 08:10 AM
This has been asked before about HP consumer notebooks, and I have never found a way to accomplish this, does not mean there is not one, just don't know what it is. The bios's on HP consumer notebooks seem to be very limited and there may not be a way to force video to the external port during post.
I wish I could be of more help.
10-18-2011 08:40 AM
Thanks Mumbodog. I haven't found any successful posts yet either (most people trying to do this have a broken laptop display).
The one exception is the following page which includes a photo of the BIOS from an external monitor.
I'll leave this open a little longer incase anyone else has any ideas?