Yes you can do that. I'm doing that right now. 24" external monitor and blank laptop screen (due to dead Nvidia card). You just have to get into cmos and activate the external pcie as primary display.Binh wrote:Can a T61 with faulty GPU boot with external video card installed in advanced dock? Does anyone try to do that?
A little update on my situation. My T61's internal vidcard fried (nvidia 140m) earlier this year. But my advanced dock with the external video card in the pcie slot saved my laptop, now it's a desktop. (look at thread for what I did).
I'm still using my T61 as a desktop now, instead of a laptop. I'm running windows 8. Everything is great!
Bought a used T400 as a portable option. My T61 is nearing 5 years old and everything seems fine, but perhaps the fan needs a change or the HDD. I know that my kids (in the future) will be using this "desktop" setup! I hope it lasts another 5 years!!!!
Best of luck guys!