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Hello,


I have an xp inspiron e1505. Now, the computer lights, battery etc are turning on and powering on BUT the screen is dead. My top half of laptop broke off (but everything was ok until few hours ago) and I think it triggered something which is preventing the screen from working... anyone know how to fix? or help?
Thank you for any and all help!

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The screen is connected to the laptop motherboard using a thin ribbon cable and a power cable for the back light. If the lid broke-off then you might have disconnected or broken one of these wires also.
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OMG I feel like this could be it. I am not tech savvy as the people here or very experienced. Can you please tell me where to find it, and is the only way to remove the back completely? I have the top part, and the area where the power buttons are completely removed. My computer is very old/used but I need the info on it asap so if there is a way to fix it... The lid is completely off but for the past days it was no problem so maybe it is worn off or pulled off?
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You should be able to disconnect a VGA monitor from a desktop computer and plug it into the Dell. You can then activate the VGA port by pressing Fn + F8 (it might be marked CRT/LCD) after the computer has booted. You might need to change the resolution since your Dell is a Widescreen model (1680x1050) . It works best if the external monitor was also a wide screen model. You will need a VGA cable and not a DVI cable for the monitor.

A USB laptop drive adapter costs around $20.
From the very small knowledge I have of this, Ionce had to put my ethernet cable from laptop to computer. is it similar to that? just the plug from the desktop (Vista) to the back of a port on the dell? yes the laptop is more wide screen.
this should allow the laptop to load up on the desktop? what does the VGA cable look like. is it on the desktop screen's back? processor?

is the listing on amazon useful at all? Thank you I feel so inept.
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Yes the Vantec enclosure should work with your drive. I cross checked your computer and it has a 2.5 inch SATA drive that is compatible with the Vantec box. You remove the hard drive from the computer, remove any extra brackets the Dell might use. Plug the drive into the socket on the Vantec adapter, slide the case over the drive and screw/clip the two pieces together. You then plug the USB cable into the box and the second computer. The computer will install the USB drive software and you should be able to see your drive as a new drive letter (probably drive E). The USB connection/dive will be a little slower than it was when it was in your old computer.
oops the vga cable is on the back of the desktop VGA montior right? Nevermind I talked like there were 2 plugs. Thank you for finding that out! Ok I will buy that and putting that in the Vantec box will not change or mess the hard drive up right?
Which do you think is a much easier/safer way of keeping the data and restoring it? the vantec box or trying to access the screen through the desktop?
is there precautions ie not touching the green when removing the HD? keeping it in a certain place or will a simple ziploc do?
Your explanation sounds so simple (Though no doubt i will have a longer time doing it). I think I will order.
Another question, what is "extra brackets" ?? I do not want to mess up any of the data.
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A VGA cable has a plug with 15 posts inside a metal outer shell. The desktop monitor has two wires connected to it. One power cable and one data cable. The data cable might be VGA ,DVI or HTML depending on how old the monitor is. The Dell laptop only has the VGA cable. So you must use a VGA cable. All is not lost if your desktop uses a DVI cable because most monitor's also have a VGA port, You could buy a VGA cable and still be able to connect to the laptop.