How to replace a laptop screen

Replacing a broken or dying laptop’s screen is fairly simple, you can replace the screen yourself at home and save a bundle. But even then the general steps we will discuss do not work for all laptops. Some will require a different process and/or more work to replace the screen, such as accessing the motherboard by opening the main case of the laptop.

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Disclaimer: Please follow the below at your discretion, as we will not take any responsibility for problems encountered or any damage that could occur. This may also void your warranty. You replace laptop screen at your own risk, Here are the general steps instructions on how to replace your broken laptop’s screen.

Step 1: Ensure the screen really needs replacement, Before doing anything, give your laptop a full look-over and inspection to identify the problem, If the screen flickers, or initially comes on but then goes off, or an image appears but extremely dimly, it could be the video cable that’s failed. If the screen is totally black, Connect an external monitor to your laptop via its VGA or HDMI port and, if necessary, press the appropriate key to switch to it.

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If you get no image on the monitor it’s probably the graphic chip failure, but if the video looks good on the external monitor, your graphics card is likely good and the screen is at fault and needs replacement.

Step 2: Before buying a new LCD, it may be a good idea to try to remove the damaged screen first. Doing so will give you a chance to spot other possible causes for your display problem, and to gather the necessary part numbers to ensure that you get the right replacement screen. Before you begin, ground yourself to dispel any static electricity you may have on you. so touch some bare metal or if you have it pull out your anti static strap and make good use of it. Remove the laptop’s battery and disconnect the power brick.

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Things you will need: a small phillips head Screw driver , a few small cups or containers (for the many screws on your laptop) and a small flat head screw driver (for the plastic clips on the top bezel).

Step 3: you’ll need to locate the cover stickers that are hiding the screws on the screen bezel, the case surrounding the screen. These small rubber covers are generally found on the front of the display’s bezel, remove them using a very small screwdriver or pointy object. Now remove the screws. As you proceed, keep each set of screws safe and separate, making a note of where they fit.

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Step 4: Carefully start prying the screen bezel away from the back side of the screen case. Work a fingernail or other thin, prying object into the crack around the outside of the screen. The bezel is usually secured to the back case with plastic snaps, so give it some force while prying, but not too brutish. Carefully work your way around the rest of the bezel, pulling it away from the rear plastic of the screen cover. Once the bezel is off, you’ll see the LCD in its metal frame. You may now be able to tilt the LCD forward, away from the plastic shell behind it. If not, check for additional screws securing the frame to the shell.

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Now you should be able to set the LCD face-down onto the keyboard. Be careful not to put excessive force on the video cable attached to the back of the LCD.

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If you’re troubleshooting a problem that doesn’t involve physical damage such as a cracked screen, check the cable connecting the screen to the motherboard and inverter for loose connections or broken wires. If you’re lucky, the solution to your problem may be as simple as reseating a loose cable or replacing an obviously broken one.

Step 5: Disconnect the video cable from the back of the LCD, most laptops have the connector near the center. If so, keep in mind that the portion of the cable running down the screen is usually stuck on the back of the screen with some mild adhesive. Just gently pull the cables away from the screen. You usually must remove tape that’s securing the video connector to the back of the screen as well. When you get to the point of actually pulling the video cable out of the screen connector.

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Step 6: Once you’ve fully removed the broken LCD, simply place the new one face-down like you did the old one. Reattach the video cable to the connector and place the cables and any tape just like they were for the old one. Before replacing the bezel and its screws, put the new screen to the test. Attach your power brick , and turn on the laptop. If the screen doesn’t work properly, power down, then double-check the inverter or video cable connections.

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Step 7: Once you’re sure everything’s working, Set the new screen up in the side trim frame pieces, then re-secure it like the old one was: usually three screws in each side of the trim frame pieces, and then a screw on top of each to secure it to the back screen case. Lastly, use that safely pin or needle to reattach the sticky screw covers. A final check should now just be a formality and you’ll have restored your laptop to its former glory.

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