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17 August 2006 @ 08:09 am
My laptop, she is broken...

or at least, not working right now for some reason... Brought it in today to get some of the stuff done for the Freshers' Fair, plugged it in, switched it on, heard it try to start up, saw the power light go on, saw a couple more lights and saw nothing on the screen...

Anyone know more about hardware than me able to tell me if there's an obvious place to look for a loose connection?

ETA googled around a few techie support forums, my laptop is a Toshiba Satellite which - as well as having the crappest DVD drive known to computing kind - apparently has a common problem of the display not working because of two things. One, the connector cable is too short so it pops out after opening and closing the top a few times, and Two, the inductor thingy that lights the plasma burns out. Either way it's going to be a repair I'm not comfortable doing myself and the warranty's up so it'll cost more than I can afford right now. So I guess I'm without the laptop for a while then.
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
draconin: pick me!draconin on August 17th, 2006 10:37 am (UTC)
Most laptops have a plug to allow you to output to a monitor instead of or as well as the LCD screen. If you have an old monitor around the house from an old computer then you could plug it in and use that.
Jackiewillowmina on August 17th, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC)
Good point - seeing as a lot of guys here use their laptops like that I might have thought of that myself. Although - not sure if you could get an input switchy thing for your monitor, so both could be plugged in and you could just switch them round.

Don't suppose wiggling the screen about helps though, does it. My bosses laptops screen is dying but if you wiggle it about it'll ususally work.
draconindraconin on August 17th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
Generally there's a key combination with three settings (toggled). The default setting is for output only to the LCD. Press the key combination and it becomes external monitor only. Press again and it is LCD+external monitor, press again and you're back to LCD only.

I used to have a Toshiba Satellite some years ago and I'm trying to remember the key combination. As I recall it's the same as most laptops - there's a key near the Ctrl and Alt keys labelled Fn or Function. This gives access to things like brightness, sound etc. The top row of keys F1, F2 etc have grey labels showing what they control when you use them with the Fn key. One of them (F3? F5?) should have a very stylised icon of a monitor. Basically a rectangle with rounded corners. That's the key combination you need: Fn+that key.

Of course this is only going to work if you have a monitor lying around! :)
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: life online - see comment for creditwhiskyinmind on August 17th, 2006 01:20 pm (UTC)
Got it hooked into one of the monitors that's not being used here. It's a key combination to switch monitors (so long as the laptop accepts multiple monitors of course) - it's usually Fn and F5 at the same time.

the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: life online - see comment for creditwhiskyinmind on August 17th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It worked - and for some reason as soon as I did it the laptop screen kicked on as well. It's temperamental that way...
velvetwhip: Debbie Harry by ficbitcabearvelvetwhip on August 17th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
Gah! I am so sorry you have to endure this! I hope you are able to get your laptop fixed soon!