I have a Samsung notebook running Windows XP. We used it to record some data in the field. As it was being transported back to the office to get the data off of the notebook, the screen became competely unreadable. I believe the notebook is still functioning other than the display.
Obvious solutions would be to find some kind of USB display so we can see what we're doing. I could also plug in a USB keyboard and - using another notebook - figure out which keystrokes to use to copy the data to a thumb drive.
A third option (and this is where i need your help) is to write some kind of script that I could have on a thumb drive that would run automatically when the machine starts up. I am familiar with C++, but that's about the extent of my programming prowess.
So the question(s) would be:
1. Is it possible to get the thing to run a script from a thumb drive on startup? Obviously at this point we have no way of accessing the registry or startup menu.
2. Would there be any other simple solution to this problem? I don't have a USB display device or keyboard in the office. If we have to, we can go out and buy one, but I'm exploring other options first.