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How To Video: Replace a broken laptop screen

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How To Video: Replace a broken laptop screen

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Bill Detwiler shows you how to remove and replace a cracked LCD panel from a laptop.

Didn't -- Students whether it's cracked or just have one too many people own pixels and broken laptop display can stop you getting your tracks. Plus with the right tools a little technical know how and a bit of patience you can't replace damaged LCD eight. Just remember that this isn't a fix you should make if you have a warranty covers accidental damage. I also suggest you watch -- earlier video on want to know before trying to fix a Smartphone or tablet. If not specifically about laptops but the information is still relevant. And we'll help you decide if you should repair the machine yourself or just take -- to -- shop. Lastly -- by following these instructions you do so your own risk. Now for the purpose of this video I'll focus on replacing just the LCD panel which is what you'll do -- mystery is cracked like the one on this laptop. Also I'll be demonstrating a process on Asus UL fifty V notebook which hasn't LED backlit LCD. Depending on the make and model of your laptop the internal hardware and specific steps may vary but the general process should be sent. You begin your fix you'll need a few simple tools and a replacement LCD panel. For tools I recommend a screwdriver with a variety of small bits such as a Phillips -- zero and -- port 25. It's also a good idea to have a few thin metal blade or plastics -- either really handy for removing the tram that surrounds the screen. Asked for a replacement LCD panel. You should be able to buy one either from the laptop manufacturers. All -- parts dealer or a third party supplier. Depending on the screen they usually cost between fifty and 250 dollars more if -- -- high end display or you buy an OEM replacement. Regardless you'll want to buy a new screen that matches your broken one exactly. And the only sure way to do this is to remove the broken one. So let's get cracking. After disconnecting the power supply and removing the battery carefully examine the bezel around the screen. You'll need to remove this bezel to access the screws that hold the LCD panel in place. On this laptop there are several rubber -- that support the -- as it rests against the case but I also hides groups. I'll need to remove these cushions and the screws that are underneath before removing the vessel. Now your laptop may not have cushions or -- -- -- that -- may simply snap on of the -- or be held in place with double sided tape. Just adapt my instructions to fit your specific laptop. With a hidden screws removed I used a thin metal blade to pop loose one of the bottom corners and work my way around the bezel with a plastic spider. Regardless of how you do it you'll need to completely remove the -- With the LCDs mounting -- exposed you can remove the screws that secure the -- Then -- the display front side down on the case and disconnect -- cable. If -- laptop was made before 2010 and has an LCD with fluorescent backlights it will likely have two cables. But as this is an LED backlit LCD it has only one. Now locate the manufacturer's label and know model number using this information you should be able to buy an exact match for your broken screen. Once your new screen around unpack it and make sure it matches the old one. If the dimensions mounting brackets and connector all match you can connect a new panel position it in the lid. And secure it using the appropriate screws. Now before reattaching the Basil it's good idea to test the new panel so reconnect the battery and power cable and turn the machine on. If the display works you can reattach the bezel and any external -- and -- cushions. The repair is now complete. As laptop fixes go this one isn't too tough. But it does take a little patience and planning to make sure you get the right replacement screen. If you have questions about Vista X or my cracking open videos you can contact me through Twitter. And to see more tear down photos of laptops Smartphones and other gadgets. Go to tech republic dot com forward slash cracking open. For CNET and Czech Republic -- -- Written.

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