I always used the Acronis True Image (ATI) Rescue CD to boot into DOS for image backups. However it seems this time I can't do that. The 15" SXGA LCD of my Dell Inspiron 5150 went dead. Windows XP on the laptop runs fine. External display attached via the laptop's video connector works well too. Right now, I need to urgently image-backup the entire laptop's hard disk with two partitions. I want to use ATI for this job. However the difficulty I am having is that the external display does not show the ATI's imaging screens when booted from ATI Rescue bootable CD. When I hit Fn+F8 (CRT/LCD) once, the external display will say: D-SUB 1 and 2 Out of Range When hitting Fn+F8 again, the display will say: D-SUB 1 and 2 No Signal After several attempts, I gave up and think that I can't image-backup using the ATI CD in DOS and that I have to image-backup active Windows while Windows is running. I read the ATI 9.1 manual cover to cover and still have questions. Questions: 1. Does ATI image backup task started under Windows involve any DOS interaction? Will the entire process completed under Windows? 2. Is the ATI's technology that allows to image an active Windows on top of it proven? What is the success rate of restoring an image created in such manner? 3. What is the trick behind the technology that allows to image active Windows disk/partition? I have a lot of services and resident apps running whenever Windows is active. How does ATI deal with such issues - lock them all up then start image backup? 4. Is there a way to schedule ATI image backup under Windows, and then have the system boot into DOS to complete the task with zero user interaction? Please enlighten me. Appreciate it!!!