I Broke My Laptop


Yeah, I cracked the screen this morning.

I'm so upset that I did it. Total accident and I won't get into the sorry details. The worst part is that the latest part of my novel I'm working on is my laptop and I can't see the screen to get it off.

Why oh why didn't I back it up to my flash drive?

I'm kicking myself right now.


Dena said…
i'm so sorry! that sucks.....any chance of remembering what you wrote down last? :-)
Liz Dwyer said…
I don't know. I am totally devastated right now and I'm trying to remember this is

Everything happens for a reason, right?
West said…
I'm sorry. That's gotta be frustrating as hell.

The good news, though, is that you'll probably be able to get your data back, anyway. There are ways of making it happen - probably relatively painless ones, at that.

If your local associates, I.T. professionals or retail representatives can't help you, let me know. Hell, lemme know, anyway.

Good luck and keep your head up. Hope is not lost.
Anonymous said…
Hmm according to CNET if your laptop is not too old, you should be able to connect a computer screen to your laptop. Since its only the screen broken the information in the computer can be salvaged.

As long as your laptop has a capable graphics chipset and corresponding DVI (digital) or VGA (analog) ports, you should be able to connect to any monitor.

Most desktop-replacement laptops come with a built-in VGA ports, while many of today's smaller ultraportables come with optional port replicators, which offer an expanded array of ports, often including VGA or DVI ports. If you have the appropriate hardware, all you'll need is a corresponding cable to finish the setup.
Anonymous said…
shoot all that vga talk, what is she/he from Geek Squad...but you forgot to mention or you could stick a network cable in their! bam! from another computer, and POP! your broken pc will re-appear! and you can copy everything!
Liz Dwyer said…
I hope I can get the data back. It's already FedExed away though so I'm going to let our tech folks work through that. Hopefully my story will be back my way soon. Thanks for offering your help though...if you're in LA ever, I'll take you up on that offer for my geriatric desktop at home.

Thanks for the suggestion. Hmm. We don't have a tech person in my office so I have to send it away to NYC. Maybe they can just put my old hard drive into a new X40.

The Man,
Thanks also for the suggestion. But, stick a network cable where? --I'm laughing because you're "The Man" and I keep thinking about the phrase "Stick it to the man".
Sundry said…
I'd actually bet money that you will get all your data back. You didn't have a harddrive issue, just a hardware issue. But crap, it's awful to be out of touch with the work and have it in danger.

Good luck! I hope it's back with you soon!
Mamita Umita said…
My car got broken into yesterday - my stereo is gone, and all my cd's.

The universe is tying to tell us something.
Jon said…
piece of cake,,,,,,, plug a monitor into the back of the laptop and hit "FN and F7". The laptop should spit the video out to the external monitor.
Liz Dwyer said…
I wonder how they say "laptop" en francais? I am already starting on rewriting just in case...and maybe it's some sort of fate thing, like a forced revision.

Oh no. That's awful. I think it's an exercise in detachment...the things you think are important and valuable can be snatched away in a heartbeat.

Wish I'd thought of that before I shipped it off. I wonder why our tech team didn't suggest that.
Anonymous said…
This is great, Liz (well, not great...sorry about your bad luck there, but...)

This info is the clearest I've ever read, and I'm constantly running into inconceivable breakdowns on my old stuff (all Mac; all the time). Can never understand the lingo to get through the problem.

Whose doing this on their blogs?
Anonymous said…
I was lucky...I was taught detachment really early in life when my father wrecked my first car 1 day after I bought it...Its hard being mad at Dad, especially when the accident was due to a seizure and not human error! Now days I dont' own anything valuable that can't be easily and cheaply replaced...(ooh that isn't the reason...its because I'm too broke to buy anything that is expensive)!

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