DIY Laptop Screen Repair | 5 Easy Steps



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Laptop Screen Repair

Laptop screens break all the time, and it can be frustrating to find out how much it costs to fix them.

A cracked screen can be frustrating and costly to replace, but as long as you know the proper steps to take, you could save quite a bit of money. You’ll need to find out what type of laptop you have, the model number, and the manufacturer. Once this is done, contact your computer’s warranty provider and see about having them pay for the screen repair in advance-saving you money in the long run.

A broken laptop screen doesn’t mean that your whole computer needs to be replaced or repaired! There are simple solutions available that involve taking apart your device so you can adequately examine it.

If you’re looking for a cheaper solution than buying a new laptop, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 easy steps that will show you how to repair your broken screen on your own!


How Much Does It Cost to Fix a Laptop Screen?

Depending on the severity of the damage to your laptop screen, you can expect to pay repair costs anywhere from $300-$400 for a new screen replacement. Professionals aren’t cheap, and usually, the repair shop will want your laptop posted to them, so you have to factor in that cost too. Then there’s the repair lead time which could be 7-10 business days which may lead you to shop for a new laptop!

However, before rushing out to buy a new laptop, it might be more cost-effective to repair the broken screen yourself. There are five steps involved in this DIY laptop screen repair that are, on average, relatively easy to follow.

What Type of Laptop Do You Have?

The first step is identifying what type of laptop you have and what model number and manufacturer. The main issue you’ll face when repairing your laptop screen is determining whether replacement parts are compatible with your make and model.

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STEP 1: What is the damage and identify your laptop model

Laptop screens are prone to cracking and accidental damage when dropped from a height and so it’s essential to check if that is the only issue. If the screen is not broken, but it’s showing a strange discoloration, or you can’t see anything at all, then there could be several other issues within your computer.

A quick way to assess other issues is to power it up and connect it to an external monitor. Fire up some tasks to check the graphics card is OK, and If it works as expected, then the chances are the screen is the only problem.

Also, it’s good practice to inspect the laptop casing for damage because if it has cracks or dents, you may find it hard to replace the LCD screen.

STEP 2: Purchase the right screen

There are several different methods and manufacturers of laptop screen repairs, and so you must purchase the replacement screen for your model. There are dozens of sellers offering to sell you computer screens for all makes and models; although they can be pretty generic (e.g., 15.6-inch screens), they may not always fit.

The way to get around this is by checking the product number on your laptop’s back and then searching for that model number or manufacturer on eBay. You can also ask your current screen supplier for a list of compatible parts; I’m sure they will be happy to help you out and advise you on what spare part you need.

You can quickly check your computer screen model by visiting the “Settings” menu and finding the serial number. This should help your search for a suitable laptop screen replacement.

You should expect to pay around $50 for the new screen, which is cheaper than the professional computer repair. As with any online purchase, please read the seller’s feedback and read their listing carefully to ensure it is the exact part you need.

STEP 3: Open the screen

Once you have turned off your laptop, your next step is to open the screen bezel, which requires you to remove any bezel screws or clips holding it in place. You should find these on either side of the screen’s hinges and under the bottom edge of your laptop. Some laptops use adhesive tape instead, so after unclipping, try peeling the bezel away gently.

You should now be able to pull the screen bezel off, and it may leave behind any rubber or plastic edging attached.

The good idea is to remove any stickers from your original screen and store them safely as you’ll need to use them on your new screen.

STEP 4: Removal of the LCD screen

One of the more challenging parts of replacing your laptop screen will be removing the LCD. First, make sure that you have an unfettered view to remove it by taking off any screws holding on its frame (there’s typically three at top corners and 2 along each side). You may also use heavy-duty tape in place instead.

Your display screen should now lie flat on your keyboard. Though it may be a challenge to ensure there’s enough space between the screen and metal frame, you want to make sure not to damage the video cable that runs from the back of your LCD panel through its body. If this is damaged, bring in a professional for repairs as soon as possible!

Now you can disconnect the cable from your screen. This connection may be located in the center of your LCD laptop screen, at its bottom edge, or under some adhesive tape that needs to be gently peeled off. There might also be a little bit of tape keeping these two connectors together, but overall this should not take long, and you can put it down somewhere safe when finished.

STEP 5: Install your new screen

Now you can attach the new LCD, ensuring it is aligned with its frame and video connector. Use tape or adhesive to secure in place.

As you remove the screen, make sure your work area has enough space for where your replacement will go; this ensures a perfect fit when placed face down within the frame, so it fits perfectly. After putting it correctly inside its structure, reattach both ends of the cable (video connector), which should be attached exactly at their previous location on the old display panel – aligning them as much as possible before attaching securely in place with tape or adhesive.

Now that everything has been tightened, put the bezel back on. It should snap in nicely and not come off quickly again. Once that’s done, make sure the sides are secure. Reinsert the screws on the side and top or reattach any tape used to hold everything together. After everything is nicely tightened, you can put the bezel back on with a snap so it won’t come off quickly again.

After you are sure everything is snapped correctly into place, reinsert the remaining screws. You shouldn’t be able to see any cracks at all along the edges of your screen. Once it’s in place, attach screw covers using a pin or needle and then insert the screws again with their respective coverings on top before tightening them by hand, so they don’t fall off when moving forward.

After successfully putting everything back together, turn on your computer to see if the laptop display is working. If there’s still no display after turning it on, check that all components were placed correctly in their respective spots and try again.


Conclusion

If you are looking to replace your laptop screen, this blog post breaks down the steps for how to do so. From removing the old computer screen to replacing it with a new one, we’ve got you covered! If that doesn’t sound like something you want to tackle yourself or if there’s any suspicion that damage has been done during the removal of an old LCD panel, bring in professional repair service as soon as possible. You should expect a laptop screen repair cost of $400.

For those who feel confident tackling DIY computer repairs themselves and want some insight into what they might be getting into, you can successfully do a DIY laptop screen repair in 5 easy steps and save yourself both time and money. You should have the display replaced in around 2 hours.



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