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Laptop Repair Laptop Parts Laptop Screen Repair Repair and Maintenance Computer Hardware LAPTOP SCREEN REPAIR:

Computer Repair


One of the most common hardware problems that people who own a laptop experience is a broken or malfunctioning laptop screen. Laptop screens are essential to la ptop use. Laptop screens can be incredibly delicate. However, they are surprisin gly very easy to fix even if the fixer is not a technical person. Troubleshoot the Laptop Screen Problem Before replacing a laptop screen, it is wise to troubleshoot the problem. While obvious damage to a screen usually requires full replacement, other types of dam age that are visible on the laptop screen may not be due to the screen itself. How to Repair a Laptop Screen How to Repair a Laptop Screen Pixel Problems Pixels often get damaged, making the laptop screen very difficult to read and us e. Laptops use LCD (liquid crystal display) to show images, which are made from thousands of pixels (little dots). If a few pixels in one area are damaged, this can ruin the entire computing experience. In most cases, it is best to remove t he entire laptop screen and replace it with a new one. Laptop Screens with Faint Images Laptop screens are back lit to improve screen visibility. However, sometimes the back light does not work, making the screen extremely difficult to read. The pr oblem might be as simple as one of the latches being stuck in the closed positio n. For instance, if the laptop is opened and the switch is stuck in the closed p osition, the computer is usually on, but the back light remains off. First, find the back light switch. These switches are usually very tiny and located near th e laptop hinges. Try to open and close the laptop a few times, if this does not work, a gentle tap or using a small pin to try to gently un-stick the latch usua lly does the trick. The Laptop Screen Flickers or is a Solid White Color If the laptop screen flickers on and off, the cause is probably an inverter prob lem. The inverter supplies power to the screen s back light. Inverters are easy to r eplace and usually cost about $100. If the laptop screen is a solid white color, then the problem is possibly a bad cable connection between the monitor and the system board. Open up the laptop and make sure that the cables and connections are set correctly and undamaged. Jumbled Screen Images Laptop users often see jumbled images on their screen. In most cases, this is no t due to the screen itself, but possibly the video card. One quick way to determ ine what is causing the screen to be jumbled is to connect a monitor to the lapt op with a VGA port. If the other monitor shows jumbled images, then the problem is probably the laptop s video card.

Replacing a Laptop Screen

If the image problem is due to a broken or malfunctioning laptop screen, replaci ng it is fairly easy. It should be noted that laptop screens are extremely expen sive and can sometimes cost 50% or more of the total price of the computer, for instance more than $500 for a $1,000 computer. While a new screen can be purchas ed from the manufacturer, most people either decide to purchase a used laptop sc reen or buy a new laptop. Those who decide to replace their computer screen only need a screwdriver. Here are some easy steps to follow: * Step 1. Note the laptop screen type and purchase one that is guaranteed to fit. While some laptop models from the same manufacture may fit, ensure that it does before purchasing it. When ready to replace the screen, shut down the lapt op, remove the battery, and unplug the laptop. * Step 2. Locate the screw covers on the plastic frame (usually rubber or pl astic) to gain access to the screws that hold the screen to the bezel in place. In most cases, the screen has from 4 to 6 total screw covers. The user will prob ably need a small flat head or Phillips screw driver. However, some laptops migh t have their own screw heads that require special screw drivers or Allen wrenche s to remove the screws. Screw covers are usually located at the bottom of the pl astic frame. However, every computer model is different, so search for the screw covers to gain access to the screen. * Step 3. Once the screw covers are removed, remove all the screws while hol ding the screen in place. Once all the screws are removed, gently pull away the screen from the plastic bezel. The best way to accomplish this is to use one s finge rs to gently roll around the entire bezel, thereby loosening the screen. Once th e screen is slightly separated, pull it away from the bezel with a light to mode rate amount of force. If the screen does not budge, check whether any screws are still attached. * Step 4. When the bezel has been removed, the screen with a metal frame su rrounding it will be visible. Tilt the screen forward, exposing the LCD frame s meta l back. The screen should gently pop out of its back shell. The wires running fr om the screen to the laptop will be visible. There should be two main wires. The first is a ribbon, which is the video cable. The video cable is usually taped i n place. Remove the tape and gently disconnect the ribbon from the LCD screen. T he other wire is the inverter s power cable. In order to only replace the LCD screen , continue to use the inverter, leaving it as is. However, in order to replace t he inverter as well, disconnect the power cable and unscrew the inverter from it s mount. * Step 5. Once the old screen is removed, plug in the new screen and set it in the shell. However, before screwing in the bezels, test the screen to make su re it is working properly. In order to test the screen, power up the laptop. If the screen is working properly when powered up, shut down the computer and conti nue to screw the screen to the bezel and cover the screws with the plastic or ru bber caps. Screen replacement is complete. The computer should work like new. Replacing the laptop screen without a technician is a great way to save money, not only on th e cost of the laptop screen, but the cost of labor as well. Contact Us: P R Computers (India) Pvt Ltd., No.26, 1st Floor, Janaki Nagar, A.R Street, Valasaravakkam, Chennai - 600 087. Phone: 044 - 43499900 / 16 Mobile: +91 91766 33417 / +91 91766 33181

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