If your laptop screen is cracked, the easiest way to find out if it's broke is to plug in an external monitor into the VGA port and if the laptop works normally then you know that the laptop screen is at fault and the rest of the components work.
If you can just make out an image and there is no physical damage to the screen check out our other guide:
If there is no physical damage to the screen but it displays lines, solid colour or anything other than what should be there, connect an external montior and if the same problem is evident on there then it could be a problem with the motherboard or a few other components. In this case it is recommended that you contact a qualified technician or search our store for the correct motherboard for your laptop.
HOW TO REMOVE THE SCREEN
Small philips screwdriver
Very small flathead screwdriver OR a knife
- Remove the screen bezel scew covers by prying them off using either a small flat head screwdriver or a small knife (keep these so that you can put them back on afterwards). They are usually located around the front of the surrounding plastic (bezel) although on some models they are around the sides.
- Remove the screws from the screen bezel and keep them safe.
- Begin to carefully pull the front bezel from the screen using your fingers, the clips should begin to release with some pressure, be careful not to pull too hard and snap the plastic, instead, check all the screws have been removed.
- Remove the cables from the back of the screen, usually there will be a ribbon cable taped to the back of the screen and a small power cable connecting to the inverter at the bottom. After these have been detached your screen should be free to remove.
- Remove any screws holding the LCD to the hinges or any other frame that prevents you from removing the screen.
Now that you've exposed the screen, look for a label on the back showing the manufacturer's part number. This typically consists of one or more letters, followed by a series of numbers. Manufacturers sometimes use different screens for variants of the same laptop model, so having this number will ensure that you get the proper replacement screen for your laptop.
Then search our store for your correct Laptop Screen, we stock thousands of laptop parts for many different major brands and models. All of our screens are fully tested as working, as are all of our parts unless listed otherwise.
INSTALLING THE REPLACEMENT SCREEN
Installing your new LCD screen is basically the same process but in reverse.
- Screw the screen to the hinges and any other frame.
- Plug in the screen and inverter cable.
- BEFORE putting the screen bezel back on we recommend powering the laptop up to test that the cables are plugged in properly and the new screen.
- Snap the bezel back into place and replace the screws
- Replace the screw covers which will usually stay in place despite being removed, if they don't then a dab of glue will solve it. If you lose or break any of them then we supply a vast range of Screen Bezel Rubber Screw Covers.
Your laptop should now be back to full working condition. Thanks for reading!
Disclaimer: This guide is made purely to give advice to anyone looking to repair a fault with their laptop.We accept no responsibility for any loss or damage to any components by following this guide or not.