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Dropped Laptop, now screen is all messed up.


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#1 Calamityx

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 01:00 PM

Running Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2.

So, I accidently dropped it on a hard wood floor. Computer was not on when this happened (thankfully), but after attempting to turn it on, I got a very messed up, multicolored screen. It seems to still boot, it's only the screen that appears to be messed up.

That being said, I was wondering ... Is there any cheap way of repairing this? Will it go back to normal if I let it sit for awhile?

Edited by hamluis, 25 January 2011 - 02:43 PM.
Moved from Vista to Internal Hardware.


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#2 Allan

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 01:01 PM

Laptop I assume? The most common damage to a dropped laptop is either the lcd screen or the hd. What does it look like if you boot to safe mode?

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 01:04 PM

Yes, it's a laptop.

And I can't try booting into safe mood, as the screen is all funky and messed up - can't see a thing. :(



Looks exactly like this:

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 01:15 PM

Hmm. Yeah, sorry - but I think it needs to go in for repair (either to the manufacturer or a repair shop)

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 01:17 PM

Do you know how much this might cost? It's an HP Pavillon model, and maybe about two years old. How can I tell if the hard drive is still functioning? I've got some important files that I'd like to keep ...

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 02:05 PM

I got my lcd on my hp replaced after I stepped on it. It costs $100 for the lcd panel usually, if you have a warranty get them to give you one. It's easy to install, just take the cover and keyboard and hinges off and it's one wire that clicks into the mobo and a ribbon. Hard drives for a laptop are $50-$100 and only require the removal of 1 screw. HP has detailed manuals on their site, they are hard to find but they are there. Use your service tag on support.hp.com to find them. So I would get the screen and some small screwdrivers and do this myself (in static free environment). If you have ever worked on a car it's very similar, just be organized and go slow.


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Posted 25 January 2011 - 02:29 PM

If you are a do it yourselfer, the I would read this How do I repair my lap top lcd?

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 09:30 PM

Thanks for the info cryptodan, and thrillhouse. :)

I'm not much of a 'do it yourself person' though, and after calling several computer repair shops I was told that it could cost anywhere from $200 - $300. The good news is that the hard drive still works - I tested it out on another PC yesterday and all of the data is still intact.

So now I'm just wondering if it would be worth paying to get the screen fixed, or if I would be better off to just go out and buy a new laptop altogether and save the files on my old hard drive to a USB and transfer them over to the new PC ...

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 09:47 PM

What are the specs of the laptop with the issues?

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 12:15 AM

If it comes to needing repair, have you got house contents insurance? If so have a look and see if accidental damage is included. A friend of mine got a 600 repair on an 800 laptop paid in similar circumstances.

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