Broken macbook screen, i want to see if the laptop is actually still working, how?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by buzzzb, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. buzzzb macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2009
    Hi k majour noob :p help lol.

    K problem, a mate found a laptop on the road, no kidding, its been driven over, screen is less than happy. I wanted to plug it in to my bubble emac, but what cable am i looking for? and is it cheap? I have sound comming from it when you turn it on, and when u use the volume keys but thats it. Oh and when you use the mouse pad it leaves light trails on the screen.
    Please help thanks.
  2. eleven7 macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2009
    Depending on what model it is, go and get a VGA/DVI adapter for it and plug it into an external monitor/TV, turn it on and see what happens. If it's just the screen that's broken, you should be able to see the display on the external monitor.

    They aren't expensive and can be bought from all stores that stock Apple.
  3. Zyniker macrumors 6502

    Feb 14, 2008
    If you see "light trails" and hear sound when booting/when increasing/decreasing the's a pretty good bet that the machine is still relatively functional. Of course, how long it will stay that way is another matter entirely...
  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    #4 is a good source of inexpensive cables, but you'll need to find out what video out port it has...

    Here's a Mini DisplayPort
    Here's a Mini DVI Port

    ...then find a cable that goes from that type of Mini port to the type of connector on your display.

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