This is a quick step by step guide for anybody needing help to install a laptop screen, please read the disclaimer before using.
As with any PC hardware, always ensure you take anti static precautions. This is generally taken by wearing an ESD armband.
PLEASE NOTE: this information is not an industry accepted method; these are my own personal fixes that i have determined through many years of handling IT equipment. With the exception of any readers who have bought from my ebay shop Priceattackstorerun by the247enigma, bear in mind these hints may invalidate any warranties you may hold, but if they should I would recommend attaining a refund from your seller and shop elsewhere!
This is a general guide, there are brand variations of laptop meaning that there are different ways of dismantling laptops but this should give you a good idea of how to proceed.
I personally recommend you to do this in one sitting, so that screw placement and such are still fresh in your mind. Before you start try to give yourself forty minutes or so to dismantle and reassemble the screen, this should give you plenty of time should you find yourself confronted by a particularly difficult problem to resolve it and not feel rushed, these are not PC’s, they need time and patience due to their fragility.
IMPORTANT! Remember your anti static precautions from this point onwards until the final step, and DO NOT place any components on the carpet, if possible use a piece of card or a wooden table to lay any parts you remove.
First off remove the battery and mains supply.
Next, depending on your brand of screen, there will either be several rubber or plastic covers that conceal screws. These are normally on the front of the screen but sometimes along the sides, remove these with a thin flat headed screwdriver.
Next lay the screen on its back (if possible, some laptops won’t fold backwards) and proceed to remove the screws, try not to put your hand behind the screw to apply counterforce, if the screwdriver slips you will cut yourself.
Once the screws have been removed, using a flat head screwdriver edge the plastic above/on the hinge cover (use the gap between the motherboard base and the screen to get started) and carefully edge the front and back plastics apart, after a little while you should be able to use your hands
NOTE: Before tearing away the plastic try and be systematic, I generally remove one corner, work my way along the bottom and then up both sides simultaneously. I then work from one corner along the top outside edge and around. I cannot guarantee you that this will not break the plastic this way but this is the method I find most successful.
Once the front plastic is off either the hinges will be attached to the screen, in which case remove the screws along the sides, or the hinges will be attached to the back plastic, in most cases it’s easier to remove the hinges to dismantle the screen.
Hinges are normally at the front of the screen but can sometimes be located at the side, unscrew these and then you will come to the cables.
The inverter is simple; simply push the plastic plug away from the socket-DO NOT PULL THE CABLE- if you pull the cable rather than the plug you may find yourself holding 2 loose wires.
The screen connector is often a little tricky and is the most delicate part of the operation, often there is a tape film covering the clip, this will need to be cut without damaging the usually fragile connector, if you do not try to cut the tape the plug is made to break with the strain. Usually I will use a flat headed screwdriver and simply run it up and down with a steady pressure until the tape is torn. Once you feel the tape is torn pull one corner very slightly and again run the screwdriver edge along the join of the connector, starting from the small parting you have just created, this should prevent excessive pressure on the plastic connector and come apart carefully.
To reassemble simply do the reverse, and tape the screen connector back to the screen.
Question: ‘My screen colours keep changing or flickering, what’s wrong?’
Answer: The screen is working, if you were to try your external graphics it would prove this is the case, the likely effect of this is the screen cable is loose either at the base of the laptop or at the back of the screen, if it’s neither of these and the external display is fine it’d be a good bet that the screen cable has been damaged and will need replacing
Question: ‘My screen is very dark but I can see an image.’
Answer: I would first suggest making sure your inverter is connected, if it is try your old screen to see if it lights up, if it does the new screen is faulty, if it does not your inverter is broken and needs replacing.
Question: ’My screen has a line(s) running down the screen; it’s only very thin but what’s wrong?’
Answer: It is a problem with the screen which can occur during installation or disassembly. It is normally caused by a pressure point on the screen board at some stage, it is unrepairable. I would in this case contact the seller and ask how they wish to resolve it.
Question: ‘My screen display is completely white’
Answer: This is a fault with the screen, you will need to contact your seller and make them aware.
Well I think that’s all the troubleshooting, If the problem cannot be resolved above I would send it back to your seller, or if this is not possible have it repaired professionally or you may send it to ourselves for safe and proper disposal.
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