[SATLUG] Lapptop Screen
brad at shub-internet.org
Sat Jul 19 16:07:02 CDT 2008
On 7/19/08, Mario Compean wrote:
> My grand daughter's laptop now has a
> cracked screen courtesy of her younger sibling. I'm wondering if
> anyone on the list knows of a reasonable (cost-wise) replacement solution.
> The machine is a circa 2003 Compaq 2140US with a 15" screen.
Regretfully, a broken screen can be very expensive to replace, if you
send it back to the manufacturer or otherwise get it repaired at a
place that will be able to preserve your warranty. They're not
actually covered under most warranties, however.
Thanks to my wife, I had a cracked screen in my then brand-new
PowerBook 17", and it wasn't covered under warranty. But to keep the
warranty valid, I still had to have it repaired by Apple, and that
ended up costing about $2000, only slightly less than the whole
machine had cost a few months earlier.
In your case, this machine is old enough that it may not be under
warranty any more, so a third-party may be able to repair it at much
lower expense. Parts can usually be bought on eBay or through
certain companies that specialize in these kinds of things, and in
many cases you can find instructions on how to do the repair yourself
-- if you've got the necessary talent with hardware.
However, I don't know of any companies or individuals that would
specialize in the kind of hardware you're talking about, so I'm not
sure I can give you any specific advice that is useful.
Your other option is to use it in headless mode, connected to an
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