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#1 ace™

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Posted November 17, 2012 - 10:44 PM

So I have this Compaq v6700 laptop. The lighting on the screen broke in late 2010 and I didn't really bother to fix it or get a new laptop, it still turned on and I could still see the startup screen when held up to bright light though.

Now, that was almost 2 years ago.

What are the chances that I could somehow connect it to my HDTV and that it still works?

I lost the charger for it and don't have any cables I could use to connect it and see if it's still in working conditions. I just ordered one off Amazon tho.

In your guys opinion do you think that it still might work? At least enough for me to transfer data over to an external hard drive?

I wanna get a new laptop soon and would like to recover some of that data myself without having to pay a tech to have to do it.

Thanks.

And lets just say the laptop itself is completely dead, the hard drive should still work right?

I could take it out and hook it up to an external case/reader thing and transfer data to a new laptop via USB right?

Again, thanks guys.

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Posted November 17, 2012 - 10:46 PM

I have a laptop with the same problem. Yes it will definilty work if you set it up with an external monitor or TV. And all ur data is still on the hard drive. It just that the backlight of the LCD went out.

Edited by Notorious Arab, November 17, 2012 - 10:46 PM.

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Posted November 17, 2012 - 10:56 PM

I have a laptop with the same problem. Yes it will definilty work if you set it up with an external monitor or TV. And all ur data is still on the hard drive. It just that the backlight of the LCD went out.


Thanks man. Appreciate the input.

I just thought that since its been sitting in a closet for like 2 years I was screwed.

Good news though.

The charger and DVI to HDMI should arrive on Monday or Tuesday. Looking forward to trying it out. Thx.

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Posted November 17, 2012 - 11:44 PM

Thanks man. Appreciate the input.

I just thought that since its been sitting in a closet for like 2 years I was screwed.

Good news though.

The charger and DVI to HDMI should arrive on Monday or Tuesday. Looking forward to trying it out. Thx.

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Posted November 19, 2012 - 06:47 PM

Looks like I ordered the wrong cables. Didn't really bother checking and just kinda guessed. Smh.

I got a DVI to HDMI and it doesn't fit the laptop.

This is what the connections look like. What's the best cable to get so I can connect it to an HDTV?

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Thx.

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Posted November 19, 2012 - 09:29 PM

I belive it's a vga connector. Check your tv/monitor if it got the exact same connector. If it does, then you can just buy vga cable. There are lots of hdmi to vga (or vice versa?) cables at eBay, but I don't know how well it would work, since vga to hdmi involve converting analog to digital signal, thus needing some electronics in the cable itself, and the fact that most/all list it as hdmi to vga (digital to analog) and I don't know if it can work in reverse (I don't think it can).

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Posted November 19, 2012 - 09:45 PM

Thanks for the reply.

I was having a similar discussion with someone else in the Random Thread.

Looks like a converter could do the trick but idk. Gonna looks a bit more into those.



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Posted November 19, 2012 - 10:11 PM

Yep that's a VGA connector.

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Posted November 19, 2012 - 10:13 PM

The VGA is the one in the middle right?

What are the ones on the right and left?

Or if i'm wrong can someone clarify? Thanks.

What kind of cable goes on the far right one?

Edited by ace™, November 19, 2012 - 10:15 PM.


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Posted November 19, 2012 - 10:15 PM

Yea it's the middle one. The one on the left is a PS2 connector which is for old mice or keyboards. I'm not sure about the one on the right.

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 06:58 AM

easiest way to go for you would probably be to get a VGA to DVI converter

http://www.amazon.co...ords=vga to dvi

http://www.amazon.co...ords=vga to dvi

somethin like that, not necessarily from amazon just showing an example of what you would need since you already have a DVI to HDMI cable...

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 01:17 PM

Far left looks like a mice/keyboard input while the far right looks like a printer/old CRT monitor adapters. Middle is definitely a VGA adapter.

Ace, if you are planning on hooking the VGA to a HDTV, it's gonna look like crap lol. I tried to hook my macbook pro up to my HDTV (it has a VGA input) boy it did look like crap...

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