How To Deal With a Broken Screen On Your Laptop
I’ve been travelling quite frequently over the past few years to beautiful places such as Europe and North America. I had a mobile office that I could set up wherever I went, and that made my life infinitely easier for me. What’s more, for some time, I found particular comfort in my work, and my desktop felt like home. That is until my laptop’s screen smashed into pieces.
What do you do when you rely upon your workstation so heavily? I can safely tell you that though inconvenient, a broken screen will not bring on the apocalypse.
The kind of compact and small unit a laptop is, breaking a single part feels like the whole device is now useless. However, laptops are built in a modular manner, and a significant number of its components can be fixed or redesigned. So, if you’re in the same boat as I was, and seem to have broken your laptop’s screen, read on and look at some alternative options before deciding to throw your computer out!
What To Do If You Break Your Laptops Screen
There are numerous things you can do if your laptop’s screen breaks such as
1. Replace Your Broken Display
This may seem like a cumbersome and nearly impossible process. You have nothing to lose now that your screen is smashed. One piece of advice that I will give you though, is to be careful. Perhaps open up an online guide and read up on how to fix computer screens before diving in. Also, be especially cautious of the small parts and cables, note how everything is wired and what goes where handle things carefully and document everything along the way, so it’s easier to retrace your steps. Keep all the disassembled parts carefully and make sure you don’t lose anything, including the screws.
After you’ve carefully taken everything apart, the first thing you need to do is buy a new display! To ensure that you get the right display, check the model number at the back of the old screen, for example, my screen had a display from LG with the model number LP156WF1.
If you’ve carefully noted down all your steps while disassembling your screen, then putting it back together will be a walk in the park! Still, it is bound to take a little bit of time and lots of patience! But, before you know it, you will soon have your old laptop back!
2. Attaching An External Monitor
If you don’t have the time to fix your laptop, you can do what I did initially and attach an external monitor to your device. You can buy a new or second external monitor, use a spare one at home, even loan it from a friend for the time being. This will not only buy you more time but will also help you determine if the laptop is working fine.
TFT or thin-film-transistor liquid crystal displays aren’t expensive, and you might even be able to get one for free through local classified websites like Gumtree.
3. Buy A New Laptop
I wouldn’t recommend this unless and until the laptop itself is permanently damaged. Unless, of course, the laptop is pretty old, and you were planning on replacing it anyway.
However, before you throw your laptop in the trash, the next best thing to do is to give it to an electronics company for recycling.
Accidents are a part of life, and a broken laptop screen is nothing to worry about. The good news is if it’s just your screen that’s broken, you can easily replace or even repair it yourself!
Written by The Original PC Doctor on 22/03/2020.