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  • Patch Lady – recovery options fun

    Posted on March 24th, 2019 at 22:29 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’re in the process of redoing our Kitchen at home and we’re staying at my Dad’s house during the remodeling process.  With the kitchen being right smack dab in the middle of all traffic patterns, it means that there’s no way we could live at the house during the remodel unless we wanted to walk out the garage and in through the front door each morning. In getting ready to temporary move out I was moving a small factor Windows 10 home built machine and accidentally hit the power button a bit too often. Needless to say Windows 10 was not a happy camper.  And on this particular setup, dual hdmi monitor card along with an onboard video card, when the Windows 10 is sitting there with a diagnostic message on the screen, the diagnostic message is wanting to show up on the vga monitor, not on the attached hdmi monitors.

    So I needed to move the computer over to Dad’s anyway, and figured that the root cause of the machine not booting was not that it spontaneously died when I was in the process of moving out from our house, but rather that the error message would be easily seen once I dragged the base out of the house, found an old fashioned vga cable and old fashioned vga based monitor and hit the needed button it was prompting me to do, but I couldn’t read.

    Sure enough, once I dug out a vintage vga monitor out of the storage at the office, connected it to the vga connector, it was sitting there at a recovery window waiting for me to take an action.  In my case, I opted to not do any of the recovery options and instead hit escape and choose to boot into windows.  Off it went and booted up like a charm.

    So the moral of this story is, no matter how fancy your computer, keep an old VGA monitor around.  You’ll probably need it.