I have a 2020 Intel Macbook Pro, and sadly a few weeks ago it fell to the ground and the screen broke. I took it in to be serviced and learned that the cost of repairing the screen. They quoted me at over $900, which to me means it is not really worth replacing.
However, I had a hope that I could use it connected to an external display. The tech tried and explained to me that because I had full disk encryption turned on – an external display would also not work until after login. So if I could login blindly, then I could use it with an external display.
I had trouble logging in without a screen. Eventually I was able to turn on VoiceOver which announced to me what was on the screen. To my discouragement it was some kind of recovery screen. And the mechanics of using voiceover were really challenging - like it told me there was a table and some text on a button. I couldn’t really imagine troubleshooting some non-booting Mac like this.
I ended up rebooting a few times and eventually the voiceover announced that the field on the screen was asking for a username. I was then able to enter my username and password, and then momentarily, the external display activated.
So that brings me to my current situation - I am using the laptop with an external display, and as long as I never ever reboot, I am good. If I reboot and there are no problems at boot time then I should be okay, with voiceover. but anything more complicated – well I’m afraid I won’t be able to access my computer anymore. I don’t think this is really a trustworthy solution, as any boot problem or perhaps something happening upon updating the OS could result in total loss.
So, that’s a lot of background for my ask: do you have any advice for this situation?
I am assuming, from the tech’s comment, that I could perhaps disable full disk encryption and perhaps I wouldn’t have this same situation, but that is not really tenable. Perhaps I would do that in order to get it ready to sell.