Fixing a Laptop Screen

A broken laptop screen makes it impossible to work. You can’t see anything you are doing, which makes your laptop almost useless. And a cracked display is not like a monitor. You cannot just unplug the laptop display and plug in a new one to see your computers contents. While this may seem like the end of your machine, do not fret, there is hope. All it takes is the right tools and some patience to fix your laptop screen.

Inspecting the Laptop’s Damage

We don’t want you to needlessly spend your money on the tools to fix your laptop, only to have another issue be the reason for your display troubles. So, the first thing you are going to want to do is check if your screen is the problem. If you dropped your computer on the floor, then you might be dealing with more than just a cracked screen. Checking tells you if the whole computer needs to be replaced instead.

Most laptops have ports that enable you to display the picture on a monitor or television. Using a VGA or HDMI cable should do the trick. If the picture looks fine on the monitor or television, then your graphics card and any other internal components should be in working order. Play with it a bit if find out if everything is working the way it should.

Replacing an LCD Screen

While plugging your laptop into a monitor of television seems like the solution to all of your problems, it is only a temporary solution. You’ll eventually want to move the computer into another room or take it with you on trips. With that in mind, it’s time to look for a replacement screen.

Searching online for a new LCD screen is simple and relatively cheap. Visit a computer repair shop or any online retailer for a replacement screen that fits with your computer’s model number. Keep in mind the steps we are about to go through only work for traditional laptops. This will not work to fix tablets, phones, and other custom laptops.

Before you start, make sure you have a table to work on, a Philips screwdriver, a needle to remove stickers on the laptops panel, a flat tool (like a knife) to remove laptop panel, and a container for keeping screws together. Also unplug your laptop’s power cord and remove the battery. We wouldn’t want you harming yourself. Here is what you do:

  • Remove the stickers on the laptops panel. If there are screws underneath, then remove them as well.
  • Using the knife, carefully remove the laptop panel by prying it from the back of the laptop’s case.
  • Once you have the laptop screen in full view, without laptop panel, start unscrewing the screws that holds it to the back of the case.
  • Once the LCD screen can be removed, unplug it from the computer. Check to see if the new monitor you bought can be plugged into the computer and follow these steps in reverse order.

You should be all set and have your new screen installed. If you feel this is too complicated or you run into problems, visit a computer repair shop for help.

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