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Wayne Higgins

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Advice on computer repair
« on: March 24, 2008, 06:18:36 AM »
My son gave me a used laptop with a cracked screen yesterday.

Any suggestions?
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Re: Advice on computer repair
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2008, 06:27:49 AM »
You may be able to connect an external monitor through the laptop's VGA or DVI port, and use the laptop as a non-portable computer this way.

Unless the computer is less than a year old AND a fairly high-end model (I mean, a 6-month old laptop that was $599 from Dell 6 months ago doesn't qualify) it's unlikely that the computer has enough value to be worth a repair of this type.  I've heard of people receiving quotes of anywhere from $500-$1000 for a screen replacement on a laptop.
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Re: Advice on computer repair
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2008, 10:49:22 AM »
If you feel up to the task of rebuilding the computer then I'd check ebay or a computer parts place for a replacement screen. Its a freebie so its a good choice for attempting a self repair. Otherwise do what Mike suggested or give it to one of those computer recycle shops so it can get sent to China so they can have more lead to send back to us on our childrens toys.  :P
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Re: Advice on computer repair
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2008, 10:52:11 AM »
my son said he had intended to send it away to recycle land when i said, give it to me, i can use it.
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Re: Advice on computer repair
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2008, 11:36:22 AM »
If you have another computer monitor around the house
try plugging it into the external monitor port and see
what you can get going. You might have to blindly try to
right-click on the desktop, scroll down to the bottom to open properties
then try to grab and drag the Display Properties to the other screen,
then set up for multiple monitors with identical content. It's worth a shot.

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Re: Advice on computer repair
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2008, 12:31:07 PM »
That's a good idea.  The screen "works", it just has this crack across it.  Kind of looking at a watch and knowing its 3:?5.
I'll plug it into another monitor to see how it goes.
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