Laptop Screen Repair – How to Do it Yourself
If you own a laptop, or intend to purchase one in the near future, you need to know the common laptop screen repair techniques. Laptop screens are very expensive and can easily cost a thousand dollars or more. Replacing a laptop screen that’s below guarantee can often be fixed at any service center of your laptop computer, and most manufacturers will repair it for you at no cost whatsoever. Fixing a laptop screen that’s currently under warranty is usually priceless, and most consumers usually paid extra parts, labor, transportation, and applicable fees, which total two-thirds of your laptop’s original cost, or even more.
It might be tempting to try to fix your laptop screen yourself, but this isn’t recommended. Your laptop’s LCD screen is very susceptible to heat damage, which can literally melt the back of the touchpad and even the surface of the monitor. The heat will also damage the solder joints that keep your screens and displays securely in place, causing them to eventually fall out and shatter. Touchpads, screens, keyboards, and even USB drives are all extremely vulnerable to heat damage. If you must repair your screen on your own, be sure to use the proper equipment first.
If you decide to try to fix your broken computer screen on your own, there are many things you’ll need first. You’ll need some old, damaged laptop screens (or ones that don’t work), a magnifying glass, some tweezers, a screwdriver, an anti-static wrist wrap, an adjustable spanner, some spirit level, an aluminum bowl, a pencil, a piece of paper, a non-adhesive tape, a measuring tape, an instruction booklet, and a pen. Keep these items in a plastic bag or container and make sure they’re easily accessible.
Before you begin any laptop screen repair job, be sure to plug in the AC adapter, turn the power to the laptop off, unplug any external hardware such as speakers, headphones, or printers, unplug your data cable from your computer, set up your mouse, keyboard, and make sure any cords are properly adjusted. Then, open up your box of materials. You should have about an inch of space on the bottom of your laptop where you will place the glass or the magnifying glass, a wooden bowl, and your anti-static wrist wrap. Be sure to check the instructions on your memory card or LCD screen replacement kit to ensure the right placement.
Next, you should remove the screws from the top of your screen. To do this, first make sure the screen is off, then take the protective seal off the back of your screen, allowing it to drop down so you can safely remove the glass, if it has one. Using a flat blade screwdriver, gently pry the top of the metal frame from underneath, being careful to not damage the screen. When you have taken the entire frame out, you can then remove the three little clips that hold the glass in place, as well as the one little metal frame that holds the LCD in place. Once you’ve taken all of these things out, you can then remove the old LCD screen and clean the surface with a microfiber cloth to get any residual dust out of it.
Once your old LCD screen has been cleaned and anything else wiped off, you should reconnect the audio and video connector. Reconnect the connection, making certain to follow the directions provided by your laptop seller. Now, attach the new screen. Finally, reconnect any other cables on your laptop.