Wes promised to write the dev blog post today, so I’ll just post about why progress on my end has been a bit slow. I mentioned my laptop had taken a vacation, but I didn’t describe what actually happened. [Warning to mobile users]: Image heavy story in this post.

My laptops LCD screen decided to pop off and when I tried to put it back, nothing happened. I was left computer-less and with an old backup of data on a thumbdrive. I decided to take the thing apart to remove the battery and power cycle it to get rid of static that could potentially be causing the issue.

Laptop after taking off covers:

After the power cycling didn’t work, I was extremely discouraged (the laptop covers had SO many screws on them) I basically gave up on my laptop. However, I was not going to buy a new one since I was waiting for the SurfaceBook 2 to come out in Spring 2017. I knew only the screen wasn’t working, so I went out to the shed to get an old VGA monitor to hook it up to my PC. I was right, it was only an issue with the screen hardware. With the monitor, I got a newer backup of all my stuff on my flashdrive to have something to work off when I wasn’t at home.

Laptop with monitor:
I then realized I should go ahead and get used to my laptops new life as a desktop and modified my work space accordingly.

Laptop in Desktop Mode

After adding Styrofoam to avoid scratching screen:

After around a week of working like this (no mobility whatsoever when I was used to going everywhere with my laptop), I got frustrated and decided to tackle the issue once again. As it turns out, the issue was in a socket on the screen : it had been bent and broken, removing the cable that supplied the screen from the computer itself. I got in there with a knife and some pliers and performed a very risky fix.

Here’s me opening the screen:
After fixing the socket, I had no way to safely solder the pieces back together. If I had tried with the bad equipment I had, I might have actually messed up the screen irreparably. So I went with good ol’ duct tape.

Here’s the fix and reason of why I couldn’t work for almost a week:
I then had to close up this cover:
I took out the battery again once the screen was plugged in and power cycled it to get rid of static.

Here’s the result:
Since the cover had already come off and didn’t want to snap back into place, I went back to my friend, duct tape, and made sure my laptop case was solid.

Here is what my laptop looks like now:

It looks pretty bad and I do get weird looks when I’m working in the library (I got one just now), but hey, it works. Anyways, that’s why progress on AFF has been slow lately. This week is crunch time though since the M’Dieval game jam entry due date is coming up. Expect rapid advances in the game with a new and updated download on or before November the first.

Happy Deving,