Oh, my poor suffering laptop. In the five years I’ve owned it I’ve drown it in Oolong, infected it with viruses, used it, abused it and neglected it like a guy who followed me home from a bar. However, unlike that guy, I still need to use my laptop. When my monitor started to give out last December, showing streaks of purply, vibrating pixilated lines through the screen, I was far from surprised – but I wasn’t about to give up and spring for a new ‘puter.
Instead I went for the smarter, cheaper option: I found a friend who was willing to not only give me the spare monitor he had kicking around for free but also gave me a ride home with it (thanks again Jon!). Then I snagged a $15 VGA cable from Office Depot, booted up the laptop to it and covered my electric-acid laptop monitor display with a piece of black construction paper so I don’t have to look at the crappy mess. Now I had my machine hooked up and displaying nicely to an external monitor. Cake. Now granted, my laptop has morphed into a jerry-rigged desktop but it’s better than going through the hassle of finding a new machine and transferring all my documents, pictures, music, bookmarks, software, porn, etc. to a new machine.
You can do it too: Finding a free monitor is as easy as checking the free listings on Craigslist â€“ or taking a walk through any neighborhood where residents will street their unwanted belongings. To boot up, just connect the monitor to your system with the VGA cable, hold down your LCD/monitor button with the function key and you’re in business. Now your laptop is just as fly as mine.