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Posted: 8/3/2009 5:02:31 AM EST
Kid droppeded the lap top computer. Screen comes on but has blank lines thru it. Computer appear to be working normally.

Can the screen be repaired or should it be trashed and go buy a new one?

Link Posted: 8/3/2009 5:08:20 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/3/2009 5:09:06 AM EST by chevyrulz]
try tossing it down the driveway




eta:

j/k, the screen can be replaced but it will probably cost as much or more as a new laptop.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 5:13:35 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/3/2009 5:17:59 AM EST by Kota4bye]
Originally Posted By chevyrulz:


j/k, the screen can be replaced but it will probably cost as much or more as a new laptop.


Negative, if you can use a screwdriver you can replace your screen for $150 or less.

ETA: Innewebz instructions

Link Posted: 8/3/2009 5:15:30 AM EST
The manufacturer may have pdfs online that walk you through all types of repair, including motherboard replacement. HP did for my Compaq (keyboard).

My technically-inept sister-in-law was able to replace her Macbook's screen easily.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 5:16:37 AM EST
Find an appropriate screen on Ebay and do it yourself.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 5:17:07 AM EST
Originally Posted By Kota4bye:
Originally Posted By chevyrulz:


j/k, the screen can be replaced but it will probably cost as much or more as a new laptop.


Negative, if you can use a screwdriver you can replace your screen for $150 or less.

true, but it's not quite that easy on many laptops. also your avatar should say "choke more chikin"
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 5:17:24 AM EST
my buddy bought a replacement off ebay and installed it himself. 120$
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 5:25:28 AM EST
Originally Posted By chevyrulz:
Originally Posted By Kota4bye:
Originally Posted By chevyrulz:


j/k, the screen can be replaced but it will probably cost as much or more as a new laptop.


Negative, if you can use a screwdriver you can replace your screen for $150 or less.

true, but it's not quite that easy on many laptops. also your avatar should say "choke more chikin"


Yes, it really is that easy on most laptops. 6-8 screws and a plug maybe two.



Link Posted: 8/3/2009 5:27:59 AM EST
Agreed. I fix a LOT of laptops (DC jacks mostly) and very rarely is it hard to get the screen off.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 5:54:57 AM EST
It might just need a re-seat of the connectors for the screen. I've had that fix a lot of issues.

As for replacement/service of the screen, difficultly varies widely by manufacturer and the technological/mechanical abilities of the person doing the work. I can do it with little difficulty on most machines, but I did do laptop repair as a job a while back. I know many people who really shouldn't try it themselves.

It isn't THAT bad, but it can be tedious.

Link Posted: 8/3/2009 7:01:55 AM EST
Ok, thanks for the info. I'll see if I can locate a replacement screen.

Even if I screw it up I can always go get a new one.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 7:41:08 AM EST
There are online guides for screen replacement for just about every laptop computer out there, ever made.

Question is, how old is the laptop, and is it going to be worth your time and money to spend $100-$150 for a replacement screen ?
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