Screen Replacements

One of the most annoying parts of a laptop to replace is the screen. Whether this is due to the fact that it got drop kicked, or it simply doesn’t turn on for some reason can introduce a large range of problems that could wind up in a few different solutions. Most laptop screens are fairly straightforward to replace and usually use universal parts….or at least parts that are universal for one company. Here are some basic tips for replacing pretty much any laptop screen you will run into.

1. Look for hidden screws: Manufacturers try to make the monitors look seamless by taping over the screw holes, or putting rubber protectors over them. If you can’t already see the screws, use a flathead screw driver to carefully pry off the screw covers

2. Remove the Bezel: This is the plastic border that keeps the screen in place. Once you have removed the screws, use a flathead screwdriver to carefully unsnap the bezel from the computer. This will leave the frame and screen components exposed.

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3. Remove screws from the frame: There are usually screws around the frame (on the sides) of the screen that keep the screen in place when you open and close the lid. these have to be undone in order to get the screen off.

4. Remove the cables: This is the last step, there are two ways to do this. The first way is to leave the cable in the computer, and disconnect the screen. The screens tend to have more universal connectors on them than the laptop, but it works either way. The second way is to remove the screen cable and screen. This sometimes requires a bit more disassembly of the rest of the computer, but sometimes you will find that the replacement screen you have only has a connector on it that you have to plug into the computer, instead of just changing out the screen.

5. Plug it all back in and you are good to go! Just follow the steps backward, keep track of the screws!