A broken display of your laptop can put a stop to all your work. The damage can range anywhere from a few pixels to almost the majority of the screen surface. Though replacing your LCD screen may seem an easier task, there are certain things to be evaluated before going for a replacement.
Check for actual damage: Before deciding that the damage is primarily screen related, check for other possible damages to your laptop. Poor picture quality or blank screens can even occur as a result of graphics card failure. Hence try connecting your laptop to an external monitor. If the image quality is perfect, you may proceed with screen replacement. However, if the quality still has dark spots, it is better to get your graphics card unit checked out.
Warranty Coverage: Check with your laptop manufacturer if the screen damage will be covered under their warranty. If yes, it would be a better option to send in your laptop to the manufacturer’s service point. This way you can be assured of a quality replacement.
Finding the right screen
Getting the exactly compatible screen as a substitute is a crucial step in fixing a broken screen. Ideally, getting the original branded screens from the laptop’s manufacturer would be the best bet. If that’s not an option, you can hit the internet for help. Surfing the laptop model information with the words ‘LCD screens’ can fetch plenty of seller information. In case the model does not bring exact results, try adding other information from the laptop brochure. Depending on the model, laptop LCD screens may cost between $50 and $300.
Fixing the broken LCD screen
Tools required: Besides proper replacement, you would need few assisting tools for a Do-it-yourself screen replacement. They are small headed screwdriver and paint scraper. A plastic spudger for opening pressure fit parts will also come in handy. Magnetic screwdrivers can do a better job in removing the hidden screws. A small bowl or plastic container would be required for holding the removed screws safe.
Choose a flat area which is disturbance-free to set the stage for screen fixing
Turn off the laptop and disconnect the power supply beforehand to avoid any electrostatic leakage.
Make a careful examination of the bezel that surrounds the broken screen.
Remove the rubber cushions that hold the bezel intact to gain access to the screws that guard your screen.
Once the cushions are taken away, use the small headed screwdriver to remove the hidden screws
Carefully remove the bezel away from screen case.
After bezels are removed a slight tap in correct position and angle should pop out the screen from your laptop.
The LCD screen can be found taped to the case through tiny screws or tapes depending on the brand and model.
Unwrap the new LCD screen that you have bought as replacement
Disconnect the video cable from the back of your damaged screen gently
Reconnect your new screen with the device
Replace the bezel, rubber cushions and the screws.
Turn on the system and test the performance.