My friend's laptop went through a car crash recently. Everything still works as far as I can tell, except the display, which is cracked beyond recognition. I've tried external monitors, including the Fn+VGA/LCD key, but it seems the VGA port also got messed up. I've taken it apart to look for trivial circuit board damage, which I didn't notice.
I managed to gain control with a USB autorun VNC install, but I'd still love to gain enough control to do a format and fresh install of Windows. Any ideas?
EDIT: I had no problem backing up the files through the network. I'd like to use the PC as a node in a render farm, so it normally won't be necessary to have it attached to a display. And it's bogged down with crapware, so a reinstall seemed like the natural thing to do.