I have a laptop with a busted monitor (I can only see the leftmost inch of the screen). I need to reinstall Vista on this computer. However, the external monitor is a function of the video card drivers; it is not hardware.
Option 1: Install Vista with a regular disc Outcome: Cannot see the screen to select options
Option 2: Use WAIK to create a sysprepped image with an unattended answer file. Connect laptop hard drive to desktop to apply image, then put laptop hard drive back in laptop and start up Outcome: Arrives at login screen. I type in the password (without seeing anything, mind you), press enter. The computer then does a full restart. I have no idea why, I cannot diagnose, since the monitor isnt working yet (Video drivers havent been installed)
Option 3: Use vLite to create an unattended Vista disc with drivers pre-loaded. Outcome: During testing (Virtual PC), the first thing the disc does is prompt me for hard drive partitioning.
It looks like I need to figure out how to install video drivers with sysprep (to fix Option 2) or automatically partition/format the drive in a vLite DVD (Option 3)
Any other options?