Help! I Cracked My Laptop Screen

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Apr 6th 2012 - by Fix My PC FREE in: Blog Laptop Tweaks and Repairs | 2 Comments

Help! I Cracked My Laptop Screen

It’s a horrible feeling to drop an expensive piece of electronics on the ground, but it’s even worse when you pick the device up and find that it’s cracked. If you have ever dropped your laptop on the ground, then you may have left a gigantic crack in your screen. Is there any way to repair this problem without buying a new laptop?

There are some ways to repair a cracked laptop screen on your own. However, the process can be more time-consuming than it’s worth, especially if you don’t enjoy fiddling around with electronics or fixing it on your own. In that case, you’re better off taking it into a computer repair shop, or ordering a replacement screen from your laptop company. Both of these options are expensive, but if you really love your laptop, then it needs to be done. Of course, sometimes, it may be better to buy a totally new laptop.

However, if you want to save money and learn a little bit about computers in the process, then you may want to replace your laptop screen yourself. In fact, it’s not nearly as difficult as you may think. Here’s how to replace a cracked laptop screen:

Step 1: Find a replacement screen

This will probably be the hardest part of repairing your broken laptop. Find a replacement screen by looking for old computers on your local classifieds website, or call up your local PC repair shop to see if they have any available for a discount price. You need one that is the same size as your current laptop screen. Measure it if you can’t remember the exact size of your screen.

Step 2: Prepare the laptops for the switch

You’re going to switch the screen out of the old, uncracked laptop and put it into your own, cracked laptop. To do this, first unplug your laptops and take out the batteries. Then, open the bezel (plastic liner) of the uncracked laptop and remove the screen. If you don’t have a small screwdriver that can fit into the nooks and crannies of your laptop, then you’re going to need one.

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Step 3: Transferring the screens

Once you’ve removed the plastic from around the screen, handle the screen itself very carefully. On both laptops, there will be a cable that attaches the screen to the motherboard. It should be located right around the hinge of the laptop, which is where it folds down. Unplug that cord on both laptops and remove both the cracked and uncracked screens slowly.

Step 4: Putting it back together

Hopefully you remember how your laptop fits together. Once you’ve placed the uncracked screen inside your laptop, it’s time to re-attach the motherboard cord and screw the whole system back together again. Remember to work slowly, as you’re dealing with a lot of delicate parts here.

Other tips

-We’re assuming that your warranty has expired on your laptop, or that it doesn’t cover broken screens. If you do have a warranty, opening up the case may violate it.

-Just because your laptop’s screen is broken doesn’t mean you can’t use it. Use the VGA or HDMI outlets on the side of your laptop to hook it up to an external monitor. This is a great way to retrieve any data on your PC before you start messing around with the components.

-Don’t just throw out the second laptop you found. If it’s similar to your own laptop, then other replacement parts could come in handy in the future. You never know when you’re going to need a spare screw or an extra keyboard key.

2 Comments

2 Responses to Help! I Cracked My Laptop Screen

  1. jay

    What! I didn’t know it was that easy. My laptop has a few minor cracks in it but it’s still usable. I’m going to start looking around for a replacement laptop screen around the same size.

  2. Where can I go to get Replacement-Screens?

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