Laptop rage, Office Space style.
About a quarter of the pixels in my Dell Inspiron screen went dead because I dropped it, and Dell said their warranty didn't cover it. It is a testament to my resourcefulness and/or miserliness that I managed to use it for email and browsing in that state for quite a while :) But recently even more pixels started going South, and instead of getting a new laptop I hit upon the idea of buying a monitor and "downgrading" my laptop to a desktop for a tenth of the cost. Some kindly soul
sold me an excellent LCD monitor for a hundred bucks, and now I was faced with the problem of removing the laptop screen.
I tried doing it methodically according to this tutorial
, but after removing a few screws I couldn't see a way to make progress.
So I went cowboy on it.
I pulled and tugged at it with all my might, twisted it and jerked it and yanked it, metal and wiring and plastic and all. At one point I even stood on the laptop while trying to pull out the hinges, to maximize effort. I bent and broke metal with my bare hands. I pried the protective casing off with sheer force. Finally I severed the wires, and stood back to appreciate a job well done.
Enjoy the pics.
| ||There were way more screws than I had patience for.
|The pieces that I dismembered.|
|This is the back of the actual screen. I love the irony of the "Do not touch" warnings :-) The stuff piled on top of it is twisted metal from the edges.|
| ||The final product -- the weirdest computer I've owned. Notice that some metal is still sticking out at the edges. After taking the pictures I managed to pull those out as well. My palms still hurt :)|