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A DIY Guide to Replacing A Laptop Computer Screen
May 15, 2012 - Donal James
A laptop computer without a properly working screen is
pretty much useless. Laptop screens can fail for many reasons; they may become damaged
(from a fall or spill) or develop internal problems (such as dead pixels). The frustrating thing is that while your
screen may be down, your laptop computer might be working just fine. (If you're
unsure, try connecting your laptop to an external video monitor. If the display
is normal on the external monitor, then the screen's the problem).
Take it to a Repair
Shop or Replace the Screen Yourself
You have two options when it comes to replacing your laptop
screen. You can take your laptop
computer to a certified repair shop or you can replace the screen yourself.
Most repair shops can replace a screen in less than twenty four hours. In
addition to the cost of the replacement screen, you'll have to pay for labor
and shipping costs (if you don't take it to a local shop). If you're looking to
save a little time and money, you can replace the screen yourself.
Replacing the laptop screen yourself isn't as crazy as it
might sound. The laptop screen
replacement process is a fairly straight forward DIY project that requires
about forty five minutes and a few simple tools to complete.
First you'll need to purchase a replacement screen. A short
online search will turn up several companies that sell replacement laptop
screens. Often times these are the same screens that the manufacturers use. All
you'll need to order a replacement screen is the make and model of your laptop
The simple tools are: a fine tipped Philips screwdriver to
remove the screws, and a flat object such as a flathead screwdriver or exacto
knife to use as a wedge to remove the screw covers (In addition, you may want to get a small
container to place the screws in so they don't get lost).
The Laptop Screen
Okay, you've got your
screen and gathered the needed tools - time to get down to business.
- If you
haven't already done so, turn off your computer. Remove the battery.
- Now raise the display cover.
- Use your wedge to lift off the screw covers on the screen
bezel – (the plastic enclosure that holds the screen in place on the display
- Remove the screws from the bezel using your Philips
- Detach the screen by carefully unsnapping it from the front
plastic bezel. (For some laptops, you may have to slide a latch to completely
- Now tilt the screen slightly forward and remove the screws
from the metal bracket that secures the screen. (Note: some notebooks will have Wi-Fi antennas
affixed to the metal brackets which you will also need to remove.)
- Now you're ready to disconnect the video cable. You'll have to first remove the tape or clip
that keeps the connector in place. After you've disconnected the video cable
next you disconnect the invertor cable.
- Remove the old LCD screen. Dispose of it in a safe and
environmentally responsible way.
To install your new screen, just repeat the steps in reverse
order: place the new screen in the metal
bracket, reattach the video and invertor cable, secure the screen to the metal
bracket, re-snap the bezel into place, replace the screws and the screw covers,
insert the battery and you should be ready to go.
Anyone Can Replace a
Laptop Computer Screen
With a few simple tools anyone can replace a laptop computer
screen. If you encounter any problems,
contact the company that you purchased the replacement screen from. They can
help troubleshoot any problems you may encounter.
Donal James is an internet content specialist working for ScreenTek Inc., a Houston, TX based
company that specializes in providing OEM replacement laptop and iPad digitizer screens.
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