Many laptop owners find themselves looking at dim, cracked, black, fuzzy or just plain difficult to read screens. Broken screens are a common problem with laptops because they are portable, dropable, and sometimes get rough treatment.

If your screen image problem is due to a malfunctioning laptop screen, and you are adept with a screw driver, you can replace it yourself. The repair is usually straight forward, and can be done in an hour depending on the computer.


• Philips screw driver

• Elmers glue

• Credit card

• Plastic container for parts

Step 1: Unplug your laptop, and pull the battery out. This step is important so that you don’t damage any of the electrical components.

Step 2:Locate the rubber bumpers around the plastic casing surrounding the screen. Pull each of these off, and save them in a small container. Under each of these there will be screws that we will loosen in the next step.

Step 3: Remove all the screws under the rubber bumpers. Save these in your plastic container. You may also need to remove the screw for the hinges depending on the model of computer you have.

Step 4: Gently pull the plastic bezel away from the back housing. Be patient, and persistent with this step. You may need to use the credit card to gently slide between the plastic front bezel and back cover. Many manufactures use a type of glue to hold these pieces together. The glue is strong enough to cause you to crack the bezel if you pull too hard.

Step 5: There will be additional screws attaching the screen to an inner frame. Loosen these screws, and remove them. Once these screws are out, the screen should be free from its frame. The screen will be connected by a wire. Unplug this wire, and lift the screen out of its frame.

Step 6: On the back side of the screen you’ll find the part numbers. For HP’s these will be numbers like LTN160A(T1)(01). You’ll need this exact part number to order a new screen from a vendor. Tip: Don’t accept anything but an exact match on these numbers, otherwise you could be buying a screen with a connector that doesn’t fit your computer.

Step 7: Order parts from a reputable vendor. Make sure the vendor sends you an exact match, or compatible part for your computer.

Step 8: Plug your new screen into the laptop using the cable connector. Plug in the computer, and turn it on. The new screen should turn on. You can test the screen this way before putting everything back together. If the screen works, then unplug the computer, be sure the battery is removed.

Step 9: Reverse the steps, and put the computer back together.

Step 10: Use the Elmers glue to re-seat the bumpers.

These 10 basic steps cover the replacement of screens or monitors for most laptop computers. For laptop owners who don’t feel like they could handle this repair, a qualified computer repair shop should be able to do it for you at a reasonable cost. If you are unable to find a shop locally, and you are comfortable shipping your computer for repair, then there will be more choices and potentially better pricing.

Source by Johnny Watson

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