The fact that a laptop is such a compact device practically makes the whole unit useless if you happen to have one part that is broken. If you own a notebook that has a broken screen, don’t throw it away and start looking for a new one. You can still find it to be just as useful as ever by attaching your notebook with a broken screen to a self-monitor. Actually, if you plan on keep using your broken laptop with screwed up screen, it is very important to rely on an external monitor. To do that will be possible provided all other functions on your notebook are not broken.
That is, as long as the computer runs and boots up properly, you’re golden! In order to connect it to an external monitor, you will need help from a video connection cable. Below are the complete and correct ways on how to do it.
First thing first, you need to make sure that both the monitor and notebook are turned off.
Then, plug one end of the VGA cable into the video output slot available on the side of the notebook. If you cannot find it on the side of your laptop, then it’s probably located on the back. The screws on the VGA connection piece needed to be tighten to make sure that the cable is safe and properly secured.
At this stage, you need to connect the opposite end of the VGA cable into the video input slot of the self-monitor. The slot is usually located either on the back or on the side of the monitor.
You can now turn on both of your notebook and your monitor. Please wait for the laptop to do its complete booting process. Don’t worry if you haven’t been able to see anything on the screen first, just listen to the computer while it loads. Wait until you don’t hear any more noise coming from the laptop.
Lastly, you need to change the display setting on the computer in order to show the content through the self-monitor. To be able to do this, you need to click the function key or “FN” key and “CRT/LCD” key on the keyboard, or any key that has the monitor symbol on it. Press those keys correspondingly. If you don’t find those, they are probably labelled as “F3”, “F5”, “F8” or “F9”. You need to press these buttons continuously until you are able to see the desired content on the external monitor.
If you happen to have a Windows 8 or above, attaching your notebook with a broken screen to a self-monitor can also be done by holding down the windows button and press the “p” key simultaneously. This process will result in enabling four options to pop up on the right side of the screen.
Tap the right arrow key three times in order to get to the “projection” option. Then, simply press enter.
Using an external monitor is a cheaper and great alternative if you don’t have any money to replace the broken screen. If the process does not kick on immediately, you should not worry for in some cases, some starts up on the external monitor then disappears when you proceed to log onto the laptop. If this situation occurs, just log onto your laptop and type in the password.
Now that you know these handy tips on attaching your notebook with a broken screen to a self-monitor, surely a broken monitor certainly is not the end of the world, is it?