My wife dropped her laptop, shattering the LCD. She assumed that was the end of her favorite computer and asked me to get a new one ASAP. But a broken screen doesn’t mean a broken computer.
I had her plug an external monitor into the machine’s VGA port to check it out. While backing up her files to our NAS she continued using the computer and everything else seemed to work. Now fairly confident that the damage was confined to the LCD panel I searched for a replacement.
For $75 LaptopScreen.com had an exact replacement for her model’s display at our house in two days. I managed to unscrew and peel open the cover, install the new panel, and close it up using a single small Phillips-head screwdriver in just ten minutes.