broken screen/res workaround possible?

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broken screen/res workaround possible?

Post by gazzer » Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:58 am

Ok, my friend's laptop has a broken screen; the case got trodden on and now the typical black swirly stuff appears at the top left like this:

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Now, I know when you use a lower resolution on a laptop, it only uses the part of the screen that represents that resolution; say the screen has max res of 1024x768, and you used 800x600, it would look like this:

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Is there a way to shift this "window" across so that the screen is displayed in the unbroken part of the screen like this:

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Weird request I know, but she can't afford a new screen.
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Re: broken screen/res workaround possible?

Post by SyBorg » Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:10 pm

gazzer wrote: Now, I know when you use a lower resolution on a laptop, it only uses the part of the screen that represents that resolution; say the screen has max res of 1024x768, and you used 800x600, it would look like this:
On my laptop 800x600 takes the full screen like you would expect it to do on a desktop.

I've not seen an 'offset' type option on laptops, only on a desktop monitor but I would assume it's a function of whatever the graphics driver can do.
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Post by gazzer » Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:15 pm

Yeah, there are options to stretch the res to full screen, or just leave it in the center in a black bordered window, but nothing to actually move the display across to the right.

Guess she'll have to make do..!
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Post by eMuNiX » Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:10 pm

Look on eBay for a spares/repairs machine with a good LCD. Normally pretty easy to replace.
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Post by Shotokan101 » Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:14 pm

Good idea - so good I was about to suggest it myself :D

@Gazzer - what's the laptop model ?
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Post by gazzer » Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:02 am

Aye, good idea - she want's a battery too....

Maybe time for a new laptop?

Its a Sony Vaio VGN-SZ1M/B
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Post by eMuNiX » Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:04 pm

Too new for eBay spares yet, you could try emailing the eBay seller http://stores.ebay.co.uk/LAPTOPSCREEN1-NEW-SCREENS-ONLY they sell new screens, they might be able to tell you if the screen is used in another model and which screen to get? Generally looks like they'll send a screen for about £115 but then you'll have to fit it into the plastic rather than the simpler task of fitting a pulled screen. I don't suppose the machine is under warranty still?
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Post by Shotokan101 » Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:07 pm

...or covered by household insurance perhaps ?
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Post by gazzer » Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:50 pm

It's been broken for quite a bit I think...

I'll get onto my friend and see what she says :)
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Post by gazzer » Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:47 am

gazzer wrote:I'll get onto my friend and see what she says :)
A day later I realise just how bad this sounds.... :roll:
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Post by Shotokan101 » Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:51 am

gazzer wrote:
gazzer wrote:I'll get onto my friend and see what she says :)
A day later I realise just how bad this sounds.... :roll:
Classic :rofls:
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Post by Techsolver » Wed Jun 18, 2008 12:35 pm

[edited out by thechief]
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Post by gazzer » Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:38 am

Techsolver wrote:"edited out by thechief"
"[edited out by thechief]" I'll think you'll find... :P
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Post by gazzer » Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:09 am

Basically my friend and I have fallen out cause she's a... well, list of words I can't be bothered writing.

So she gets no more help from me ;)
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Post by eMuNiX » Mon Jun 23, 2008 3:47 pm

After reading the last 2 of your posts I can formulate all sorts of ideas in my head of how things may have panned out :? :wink:
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