How to replace a laptop screen

A broken laptop screen can mean hundreds of dollars in repairs. Most of the cost is for labor which can be reduced to less than $80 for parts. Here is a step-by-step guide to replacing your own laptop screen. Different makes and models will vary the location and amount of screws so be sure to look carefully to ensure each one is removed. If you find a piece difficult to remove then look closer to ensure no screw remains in place.
Before ordering a replacement screen, it is important to ensure the laptop is worth replacing the screen. Depending on how the screen was broken, there may be other damage making the cost of repair in excess of the value of the laptop. Plug the laptop into an external monitor to ensure everything else is working properly. Once you have determined the laptop is functioning properly then locate a replacement screen.
You will need the model number from the laptop which should be located on the bottom of the laptop. Start by searching for the model number plus replacement screen. Sometimes sellers recommend comparing the connection cable on the replacement to your current screen. This will require removing the broken screen. To remove the broken screen, follow these steps:
  1. Unplug the AC adapter and remove battery from the laptop.
  2. Remove the screw cover stickers located around the bezel.
  3. Remove the newly exposed screws using a Phillips screwdriver.
  4. Gently pry the bezel from the case using a small flat object or fingernail. The bezel is secured using plastic snaps which will require some force but be careful not to break them.
  5. After removing the bezel, remove all screws holding the screen to the case. These screws vary according to the make and model of the laptop but should be visible.
  6. After all the screws are removed then gently lay the screen face down on the keyboard to locate the video cable.
  7. Unplug the video cable from the screen. Note: the cable may be attached to the back of the screen using a mild adhesive. If so, gently pull to remove the cable from the screen.
  8. Once the broken screen is completely removed then compare the connection cable to the replacement screen connection.


Once the replacement screen is obtained then follow these steps:

  1. Lay the replacement screen face down on the keyboard and attach the video cable. Tape the cable to the back of the new screen if needed.
  2. Raise the new screen into position and replace the screws to secure it in place.
  3. Replace the screen bezel and push to snap it back into place.
  4. Secure the screws into place and return the cover stickers
    You are now ready to return the battery and AC adapter into position and test the new screen. As you can tell, this is a pretty complex procedure, at Computer Mechanics we offer hassle free laptop screen repair in our Perth repair store at a fraction of the manufacturers cost. Give us a call today!
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