Replacing a laptop screen

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Replacing a laptop screen
Replacing a laptop screen

A broken or cracked laptop screen can make your laptop unusable, which can be frustrating when you need your computer to write a paper or finish a project. Replacing a laptop screen can be done with a few tools and steps, saving you money on expensive repairs at a computer store. Start by taking the laptop apart and replacing the screen properly. Once the new screen is in place, check that the screen is working properly so that you can type and surf on your repaired laptop.


Part 1 of 3: Taking out the old laptop screen

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Step 1. Unplug the laptop and remove the battery

Make sure there is no power going to the laptop, because you don't want to work with wires or electricity under voltage. Slide out the battery so that the computer is not turned on or receiving power.

Keep the battery in a safe place as you will be putting it back in later

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Step 2. Remove the rubber screw caps on the screen

Most laptops have small rubber screw caps around the screen to protect the screws. Use the tip of a screwdriver or a safety pin to pry off the rubber screw caps so you can see the screws on the bezel.

Place the rubber screw caps in a small plastic bag or bowl so you don't lose them

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Step 3. Remove the screws from the bezel with a screwdriver

On the front of the display frame, locate the screws on the bezel. On some laptop models, the screws are located along the side of the display. Remove the screws one at a time with the screwdriver. Usually there are four to six screws on the bezel.

Place the screws in the same plastic bag or bowl with the rubber screw caps so that all the parts are together in a safe place

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Step 4. Detach the bezel from the screen

Place your fingers at the bottom center of the laptop screen. Gently slide your fingers between the bezel and the screen. Pull the bezel with your fingers, which should click free. If not, try pulling it gently in different directions until it comes loose. Work your fingers around the bezel until it detaches from the screen.

If the bezel doesn't pop open or slide off with a little pull, you may have missed a screw. Check the screen to confirm that you have removed all screws from the bezel to allow it to slide off

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Step 5. Disconnect the cables connected to the display

Locate the video cable. This is a long ribbon cable that is taped to the back of the display. Peel off the adhesive tape and disconnect the connector from the back of the display. You also have to disconnect the power cable at the back of the screen.

Depending on your laptop model, you may also need to remove screws along the side of the display that secure it to the metal frame. Do this with a screwdriver. Keep the screws in a safe place

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Step 6. Remove the laptop screen

With the bezel and cables removed, the display should sit loose in a metal frame. Tilt the screen forward and carefully remove it from the frame.

  • Place the screen on a flat surface so you can examine it later.
  • When removing the screen, be careful with any broken glass or plastic.

Part 2 of 3: Setting up the new screen

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Step 1. Check the manufacturer's label and model number on the screen

There should be a label with a barcode on the side or back of the screen, as well as the manufacturer's label and computer model number. The model number is usually a series of letters and numbers. Use the manufacturer's label and model number to order a replacement screen for the laptop.

For example, if your manufacturer is Dell and the model number is DE156FW1, you can look up this information to find the correct display

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Step 2. Buy a replacement screen online or at a computer parts store

Search online stores such as eBay and for a replacement screen. Make sure the new screen is from the same manufacturer and model number so that it fits your laptop properly.

  • You can also buy a replacement screen from a computer parts store, but that can be more expensive than buying online.
  • The cost of the screen depends on the brand and type of the laptop. Replacement screens can range in price from 100 to 300 euros.
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Step 3. Place the screen in the metal frame on the laptop

When you have the replacement screen, put it in place in the metal frame. Make sure it faces right and slides easily into the frame.

Keep the bezel screws and rubber screw caps handy in a bag or bowl so you can place them on the new screen

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Step 4. Reconnect the cables to the new display

Carefully attach the video cable and power cable to the back of the new display. Check that the cables are secure and fit properly on the new display.

If you have the correct manufacturer and model number, the cables should fit properly

Part 3 of 3: Confirming that the laptop screen is stuck

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Step 1. Put the battery back into the laptop and plug it in

Before screwing in the screen, make sure it works. Plug the laptop into a power source so you can test it.

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Step 2. Check if the screen is working properly

Look at the laptop screen as you click on your desktop and open a browser. Check that there are no blurred lines, cracks or distorted images on the screen. The screen should be clear and function like new.

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Step 3. Insert the bezel and screws to secure the new screen

Attach the bezel by clicking it on the screen. Then insert the screws on the bezel and tighten them with a screwdriver to hold the screen in place.

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