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Laptop rage [Mar. 9th, 2006|11:16 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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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 :)

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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-03-09 10:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks. That sounds scary... I thought it only happened to old(er) people.
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[User Picture]From: brokentooth
2006-03-10 12:08 pm (UTC)
Haha, that's awesome. Especially the bent metal. Nice!
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[User Picture]From: kadambarid
2006-03-12 09:01 pm (UTC)
I never knew sabotage could look so adorable!
Um,the deduction:
Under exceptional circumstances, sinister==techno-cute :D
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[User Picture]From: fiery_fiona
2006-06-30 12:44 pm (UTC)

i trip and find..

..your journal!

This is awesome!

I have a newly bought Dell - E1705..Though this post scared me.. But with optimism around and this stuff to rescue me.. i know what to do when hell breaks loose someday!:)
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