I accidentally closed my laptop with a pencil in it. The screen has a horrible black spot with lines running through most of the rest of the screen. The computer operates. I can open windows, but must minimize the display to the only visible area on my screen: about 4 inches on the left side running top to bottom.
Did I just ruin my laptop?
Can the screen be replaced?
It is a Toshiba SatelliteA135.
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Oh dear. I think you havr a GPU issue and need a mother board repair. There are companies advertising on ebay that offer a "re-balling" service for the GPU.
Got to be cheaper than purchasing a new laptop.
You get nothing? Black? You didn't post the Make, Model of Laptop or the OS. Is the monitor broken? So here's a general idea. There is a ribbon cable that connects the monitor to the motherboard, it's on the back of the monitor. Google your Make, Model of laptop for a video on screen replacement. Check ALL graphics cables. How does it shut off the monitor when you open and close the lid? Some laptops have a tiny switch near the hinges. When the hinge is damaged, out of line, etc., it will not function properly. That's a good place to start. Take a look at this video tips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Yi6GNFcP3w
Your screen is shot or partially disconnected. A lot of laptops have the vid card to lcd connect in bracket that connects the screen to the keyboard. I have fixed many by siimply taking it apart and reconnecting the clip but the spots dont sound good. Ebay to buy one or Cl to dump it as a fixer. Either way its a waste of money to have someone fix it for you unless you do it yourself.
If you?re positive that the black spots aren?t dirt or scratches on the outside of your screen you are probably dealing with dead screen pixels. Short of replacing the LCD screen there is no way to repair them.