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Screen is damaged

Can i take the screen out and plug in an external monitor and the machine still work?

i need 2 wks to send back to vendor and him send me a replacement.

any thoughts?

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Yes the thinkpads will work if you connect to a external monitor irrespective of the state of the inbuilt screen.

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