If you're lucky, you can use the VGA port to export the video to a regular monitor to display, got that.

As you noticed, laptops are unique and can be a ARPITA. So, if you like crack it open and inspect all harness, wiring for any cracks, breaks in the thin foil connections/contacts, etc. Otherwise, find a video section and replace that module, and/or LCD segemnt. While you can possibly repair discrete componets, you rarely can find them alone or as freely as any other part, they just don't come easily., thus usually swapping out parts is the best repair procedure.

enjoy Happy -----Willy