MSI U123 display broken. Put HD in new device?

Micro-star international Wind u123-002us...
February 16, 2012 at 17:47:58
Specs: Windows XP
I accidentally stepped on my U123 netbook. The screen didn't crack, but now the screen is not showing images, only a grey screen. I need to get the data from the hard drive.

So... is it easy to replace the screen? Should I put the hard drive into a USB external drive? Other ideas?


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February 16, 2012 at 18:01:12
"So... is it easy to replace the screen?"

Not unless you're familiar with repair/replacement of a screen on a laptop/netbook. In that case, have a service technician look at it. If there's no hope of that, then moving the hard-drive to an external drive (or another machine) to recover the data may be the best option available.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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February 16, 2012 at 18:33:04
If you haven't damaged it otherwise, it should display fine if you connect an external monitor to it's video port.

DO NOT plug in or unplug a monitor's video cable into / from a video port while the computer is running. Doing so can damage the monitor's circuits and/or the video adapter's circuits.

Some laptops will display on an external monitor without you having to do anything.

If you get no video on an external monitor, some laptops have a key combo that you must press to toggle the display to external video only / built in display video only / sometimes both - see the Owner's or User's manual for the model.

The screen is not all that expensive.

Search using something such as: replacement screen MSI U123


MSI WIND U123 Screen

C $95.16
$61.19 CAD

MSI has only a User manual, not a Service manual, and I've found no Service manual for it on the web

Search for something such as: replace screen MSI U123
to find random instructions

YouTube video

Replace screen U123 - not in English, but has subtitles

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