Over the past couple of years I have traveled a lot and have taken all my work with me. I have worked from the funniest and most beautiful places across North America and Europe. My office was where I installed my computer. And for a while, my desktop felt right at home. And then I broke the screen of my laptop. Disaster!
What do you do when you depend on your laptop; look for information, submit work and meet deadlines? Well, I’m here to tell you that you will survive. A broken screen is certainly not the end of the world, and it’s less of a pain than a broken hard drive anyway.
Attaching an external monitor
I needed to work and was afraid to work from my old netbook, so I decided to connect an external monitor to my laptop. I had to go and buy one first, but I wanted a second monitor anyway, so it didn’t really matter. Using an external monitor is a quick fix that saves you time. At least it lets you check if everything is ok with the laptop.
Broken Screen Repair
Now that the screen is broken, you have nothing to lose. After connecting an external monitor, you will probably find that the display gets in the way. At least that was my experience so I removed it…
… and used a headless laptop for a short time. Suddenly a webcam is so much more useful! I think they should build laptops with webcams that can be pulled out. I really liked having a webcam on a string.