Here are the tools needed for this job.
1. We will need a Philips head screwdriver to unscrew the screen from its casing and to access the motherboard.
2. A flathead screwdriver to disconnect the plastic clips of the screen bezel
3. Some containers for the screws!
4. A replacement screen. A quick search on the internet will reveal the model of screen that your laptop has. Simply source the new screen from a local computer parts provider.
First, we must release the old screen from its plastic casing. We must disconnect the bezel surrounding the screen by sliding a flathead screwdriver between the bezel and the case proper along the top of the screen casing. The bezel is the (usually) black plastic that surrounds your screen and keeps it secured to the case proper. The bezel should unclip with a decent, but not excessive, amount of force to pry it apart from the case proper. It may feel like you are breaking something but the bezel should clip right back on when you need it. Once the bezel is off, we must unscrew the screen from the casing thus letting it hang loose.
Next, we must disconnect the old screen from the motherboard. On most Windows based laptops such as HP laptops, Toshiba laptops, Acer laptops, Asus laptops, Dell laptops, Samsung laptops, Compaq laptops, Lenovo laptops, the screen connects to the motherboard beneath the keyboard, so the keyboard will need to be removed. To do this, pry up the keyboard bezel (the black plastic thingo) that surrounds your keyboard with a flathead screwdriver. Unscrew the keyboard from the motherboard and in most models a wire that connects the screen to the motherboard will be visible. Pull out this connection from the motherboard and your old screen will be free.
On Macbooks, the screen connects to the motherboard on the underside of the computer so the back panel will need to be removed. This is done by removing all the screws on the back to release the back panel. After removing the back panel, search for where the wire leaving the screen connects to the motherboard and release it.
After the screen has been detached from the motherboard and unscrewed from its casing, the old screen will be lifted out and a new replacement will be put in its place. It is important that the exact same model screen is put in to match the specifications of the laptop design. The screen will then be attached to the motherboard. Next, we screw in the new screen to the casing and reattach the screen bezel. Make sure not to drop the screen as they are delicate beasts!
Now it’s time to test the new screen! Power on your laptop and your new screen should be working. If it isn’t working, check your connection to the motherboard and check the computer is still powering on and you haven’t inadvertently disconnected something you shouldn’t on the motherboard.
At Newton's Nerds Sydney, we specialise in laptop screen repairs and replacements. We have been working with laptop screens for over ten years and we guarantee you will be satisfied with our laptop screen repair services.