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    Smashed laptop screen, what are my options?

    Good morning all,

    My friend's son dropped his laptop last week and the damage appears to be a hairline crack underneath the bottom right of the 15.4" LCD. This has rendered 70-80% of the screen non-viewable.

    The laptop is out of warranty so no chance of a replacement, other than through insurance. His missus says she's got to check to see if she's got accidental damage cover.

    Anyway, I'd like to make the laptop somewhat usable and as it has a VGA-output can hook it up to a monitor. The thing is I can't see a damn thing on the screen to be able to select 'Clone' in the lousy S3 graphics options, it's currently using an external monitor as 'alternative space' or whatever.

    I've looked into universal (as this laptop is a no-brander) 15.4" screens and off the bat the cheapest looks to be around £70-80 and that's before I even attempt to install it.

    Other than removing the HDD, copying the data then getting rid of the parts, is there any other good way this laptop can be salvaged for less than the price of a new LCD?

    Any suggestions are welcome! Thanks!

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    Can you not turn off 'extended desktop' under Windows > Preferences?
    You will definitely be able to make the monitor the main screen.

    Which version of Windows is it?

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    MBeeching;8678907

    Can you not turn off 'extended desktop' under Windows Preferences?You … Can you not turn off 'extended desktop' under Windows > Preferences?You will definitely be able to make the monitor the main screen.Which version of Windows is it?



    Hi!

    OS is XP -- Only about 20% of the top of the screen is viewable so I can barely see a thing, I managed to get it displaying onto an external monitor by hazarding a guess at the '2', clicking 'attached' and applying which has made it extend onto the desktop. i.e. all that can be seen on the external monitor is the image currently set as the desktop wallpaper, nothing else. I assume full screen video would get displayed on the external too.

    I was assuming that the options for a 'clone' display would be the S3graphics own properties which I'm not familiar with and therefore can't really click randomly to get it working.

    attach an external keyboard/mouse/monitor
    keep the screen closed and treat it as a desktop?

    More reliable way of doing what MBeeching said, otherwise just go back to playing around with your display adapter/display property options

    There should be a keyboard shortcut for flicking throught the screen output options.

    Usually Fn key + F4 or something like that.

    rchan;8679106

    There should be a keyboard shortcut for flicking throught the screen … There should be a keyboard shortcut for flicking throught the screen output options.Usually Fn key + F4 or something like that.



    Yep, try hooking up your monitor to the VGa and pressing Fn+ a function key, should be something like this http://www.cba.csus.edu/mycba/images/laptop_display.jpg

    Original Poster

    Thanks guys - I'll check it out tonight when I can get hold of the laptop.

    Much appreciated!
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