Is there anyway to connect my laptop to a monitor after it has fallen and the screen has stopped working?

by on April 18, 2011

Q: My laptop fell off the desk, and it appears that the screen is now damaged. It was on when it fell, but not running any programs; it will turn off and on using the power button. I can’t see if anything else works because of the screen damage. The laptop is no longer under warranty (and wasn’t expensive to start with, an older Dell), so I expect to take it to a local repair shop. Before I do, though, can I try hooking up my PC monitor to it to see if I can access anything?


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    Yes, you can just plug a monitor in using whatever hookups are available. Probably a VGA or DVI connection. Just plug the monitor in, and turn the computer on. There may be some hotkeys available that can set the laptop to exclusively use an external monitor, but you’ll need to check the user guide for your model of laptop to see what those are if you aren’t sure. Check dell.com ‘s support section to view the manual for your laptop on-line.