Recently dropped my Dell inspiron 1150 laptop and now when i turn it on all i can see is 10% of the screen on top left h.side….good news is i didn’t damage my files but how do i go about retrieving files if i cannot see what i am doing and what steps do i need to take to attach to another computer monitor? knowing i don’t know much about tech stuff.
Connect an external monitor (LCD or CRT) to the laptop using the VGA port (D-shaped connector with 15 holes) and restart the laptop. Most likely the laptop will detect the external monitor automatically and you’ll get external video. Now you can retrieve/backup files.
If the external monitor has no video, hold down the Fn key and at the same time press F8 (CRT/LCD). It should switch video from the internal LCD to the external screen.
Alternatively, you can remove the hard drive from the laptop and install it into an external USB enclosure. Then connect this enclosure to any other working computer via a USB port. If there is nothing wrong with the hard drive, it should be detected automatically and it will pop up in My Computer. Access the hard drive and retrieve files.