Sure. many laptops have a D-Sub VGA port to attach a standard VGA graphics cable just like that on the back of a desktop PC. It will be rectangular-shaped, silver bezel with a blue or grey-coloured block having 15 tiny connector-holes in it. Connect your staples monitor to that with a standard VGA cable.
However, you may have a problem if the laptop screen is completely trashed, because it's sometimes necessary to go into Display Settings to enable an external display before a video signal is routed to the external port. Obviously, with a trashed screen you won't be ableto see anything to enable that setting. Hopefully that won't be necessary in your case and the laptop will already be set up to send a video signal through the external port by default.
My son recently had to connect an external monitor to his laptop - the laptop screen had just a narrow strip which worked but he managed to see just enough of Windows to set the display output to the external port!
Be aware that not all laptops have an external monitor port, but most modern ones do. Good luck!
Edited by phillipcorcoran, 30 March 2010 - 10:33 AM.