What is this?
A cool wallpaper? No.
A fractured LCD display on a laptop? Yes.
I contemplated putting this in Rant, but I'll be asking for help later on in this OP, both with a punishment, and for ideas with replacement parts.
Now that you are thoroughly confused, let me clarify a few points:
The above picture shows the current display on my 6 month old laptop.
My son was playing Diablo 3 today while I was at work, got frustrated, logged out, and closed the lid, smacking his fist on the top of it. The next
re-boot, a half hour later, produced the above picture.
My son, who is 8, hid in his room as soon as he heard me pull in the driveway. I usually get home at 5:30 EST, but tonight, I had to
at my parent's house, 3 supers which yielded 80 pounds of raw honey. I
didn't get home till nine, and after I talked with his mother, he was asleep.
It's an Acer laptop, Aspire, model 5733z-4851. I need a new screen. Here's my first request, best price for replacement.....Here's my first
invocation of the Power of the ATS community. I haven't had the time to look, nor call Acer for a price, nor search E-bay. Nada.
It's out of warranty. I got it from Wally-world in late January, and got it with Starcraft 2, (which I have proudly solved!) but I got it with 4 GB
of RAM, knowing it should play Diablo 3 that was coming out in March of 2012.
It does play Diablo 3. I have a Wizard level 20, and a Demon Hunter level 23. I don't play much, (LOL) but the 8 year old has high level
characters. (Over level 40!)
WIth a 650 GB HD, I have been dumping ROMS for my smart phone on it.
I compiled a rough draft of a new ATS video on it. The software runs on that machine. I was getting ready for a release of "Lunatic Fringe" with
I had been using it for a repository of data, due to the size of the hard drive. My bad.
Before I ask my second request from the WISDOM pool of ATS, I'll admit I am a computer geek. I have a home network, and that was not my only
computer, (obviously) but it was the fastest. I CAN hook it to a flat panel TV, and still use it, sans screen, but video hooked through the VGA out
port. Tomorrow I am going to hook it up as such, and offload all the info I have on it to a network storage tower. (In the very rare case Acer may
accept it back.) It does boot up and makes the windows 7 ding a ling noise, so I know it gets to the login screen. It's a perfectly working laptop,
without a display, currently.
Now, down to the nubbin of the matter.
My son got frustrated over a game. He broke the machine he plays on. Preliminary costs range from 44 USD to 127 USD for a new screen.
I've played many multiplayer games with him over the home network, and I know how he is. He's not violent, but when he loses, it's a temporary
situation, and he recovers, and tries harder. I'm sure he didn't damage it on purpose. I read online there may be a class action lawsuit against
Acer for broken screens on their Aspire series. Yes, it's cheap, a flimsy screen, but if you don't close the lid, and smack it with your fist, it
He did that. He didn't expect that.
For an 8 year old child destroying a 400 USD computer's screen, there is a lesson to be learned.
I have come up with the following four punishments:
1. 3 swats. (Old school! See below.)
2. 1 swat + he has to delete all his characters on Diablo 3.
3. 1 swat + he has to write 100 times, "I will learn to control my temper."
4. 2 week ban from Diablo 3 + he has to write 200 times "I am sorry Dad, and I promise to not break your laptop again."
Suggestions? This is my formal second request for Wisdom. What sort of punishment would you recommend?
Honestly, if we had today's technology when I was a kid, and I did the same thing, my dad would have BEAT my butt. I got my butt blistered for much
less. I'm 44 now, and I don't dwell in the past.
To me the matter of fixing it is trivial, but I do think he (my son) could benefit from some sort of repercussion for his sightless actions.
So there you go, ATS, I'm interested n what you think.