Laptops are convenient because they can go wherever you do. It is incredibly convenient to have access to your photos, videos, documents and the Internet while on the move. Problems occur when a single component breaks, and you are stuck with having to deal with a major repair such as getting a laptop screen replacement before your device is functional again.
A broken screen makes a laptop inoperable in many cases. Sometimes the problem is minor and is mainly an inconvenience or blemish, but other times the screen may be completely out of commission. This is especially true with LCD screens. The liquid inside the screen spreads and makes it impossible to see graphics or text since the screen has a pool of white liquid inside it now. In these situations you have no option but to replace the screen.
The first thing you should do if you suspect the screen needs to be replaced but think that the rest of the laptop components are OK is to connect the laptop to an external monitor or television. If it functions normally, than the screen is the culprit and you can continue on the process to getting a replacement. Keep in mind if you are experiencing problems with the backlight such as flickering or shutting off after only a few minutes of use, you may need to replace a different part of the laptop.
The next step is to determine how you want the replacement process to go. If your laptop is still under the manufacturer’s warranty, it is best to have them fix the issue for you. You’ll save yourself the hassle of finding someone else to do it, and you won’t have to pay for the new screen. If your laptop is, unfortunately, out of the warranty period you still have a few different options.
You can contact the manufacturer to determine how much they will charge you for the repair. This is typically very expensive and may not be worth the investment. It may be cheaper to purchase a new laptop than to have the manufacturer replace the original screen with another one. You can also look on the Internet for a screen that fits your laptop model. Once you get the screen you can either take it to a local repair shop to have them put it in for you or you can take the chance of doing it yourself if you have the skills needed to replace the screen.
The process of replacing the screen is not streamlined and varies from one laptop manufacturer and model to another. Some are held in place by a bezel, while others require you to remove the keyboard to access the screws for screen removal. It’s beneficial to look for a tutorial prior to taking the laptop apart. If the process appears to be too complicated, you’re better off paying for a professional to complete the task. You don’t want to chance ruining something else that will require another costly purchase or making the laptop completely inoperable.
The final step that you need to do after performing a laptop screen replacement is to verify that it was successful and that everything works like it should. To do so, flip the laptop over and replace the battery or plug it into an outlet on the wall. Press the power button to turn the laptop on. The screen should be as good as new with no issues and you should be ready to take your laptop with you wherever you need to go once more.