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Diagnosing Display Problem with HP Mini 110-11

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I have an HP Mini Netwbook that was working fine until it fell of the 14-inch coffee table.

Now it seems to boot up (the disk spins, the WiFi LED goes amber then blue, etc),
but the display just shows a bunch of thin vertical colored lines.

There is an aux VGA connector, but that doesn't seem to be showing signs of life either.
Do I have to turn that on, or should it be alive by default?

Any experience with this.  The display is not cracked.  The info I an seeing on line suggests
that it could be the screen connector.  But that sounds almost too good to be true.

I am willing to buy a new display if I have to, but I'd rather not buy the display and then find
out that the problem is with the video card (if there is one) or the mother board.

I have found lots of links, and I can find more, I am really looking for first-hand experience.

Thanks a lot.
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The external monitor is usually switched on via a function key combination on your netbook, like Fn + F8. You should see the appropriate symbols on the keys.
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You have a problem with your video chip on the mother board. I just fixed one like this earlier today.
You can try to hook up the external monitor to the vga port while the laptop is off then boot it.

Hit the fn key plus a different key marked with a picture of a monitor..

If your external monitor shows the same thing it is proof that it is a problem.
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here a guide for display problem identification : http://www.lcdparts.net/howto/default.aspx            
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Thanks for the advice, I will be getting stuff together and digging into the hardware later today.
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Sorry for the delay.  It was definitely the LCD Screen.
The computer worked fine with an external monitor.
I have replaced the LCD, and everything is back on line.
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