Is your laptop screen busted and now you’re wondering how to fix a broken computer screen by yourself?
Before you buy the replacement part on eBay or some other online marketplace, stop and think for a moment. There could be alternatives to fixing or replacing your broken laptop screen, and not all of them depend on buying a new laptop. The best option is to take your laptop to the experts available to fix the issue that you are facing.
Want to know what to expect and how to fix a broken laptop screen? Keep reading to find out.
What to Consider Before Repairing It
Before going forward, there’s a number of things to consider. A shortlist could look like:
- Your warranty
- Your technical skill level
- The price of a new screen
- Your willingness to invest in computer repair tools
- Breaking something else on accident
Your major concern might even be “how do I get my data off of my laptop?” Fortunately, you don’t need your laptop screen for that, and it isn’t as technical as laptop repair.
How to Access Your Data
You can remove the hard drive in most laptops without trouble. Some have a dedicated removable plate or you have to take off the bottom panel to access common components.
This is how you add or replace RAM sticks, as well as access the harddrive bays for upgrades or fixes.
Now you can remove the HDD and put it into a portable hard drive enclosure. If you have another computer you can now plug your broken laptop’s files and copy them over to keep working. You also now have a new portable HDD.
Now you can take your time repairing it or send it off to be repaired if you think you’d rather let someone else have a look.
How to Replace a Broken Computer Screen
Every computer case is different, so the best choice is to watch a tear-down video of your computer model on YouTube. It’s also important to remove the laptop from any power source and let the battery run down to zero if you can’t take it out.
If there’s no video, you have the tools, and you’re feeling especially courageous, you can remove the shell of your computer going in blind.
Many laptops in the past few years have made it more simple because the screen bezel pops off. Be careful of hidden screws behind rubber plugs or stickers.
Once the bezel is off, remove the ribbon connectors that the screen is attached to (they’re very delicate). There may be other cables as well, since components like cameras, wifi antennae, and other periphery are often attached close to the screen.
Last, you’ll need to unscrew anything holding the screen to the frame. Be careful not to dislodge any other components along the way, or accidentally tear them off.
With the new screen, reverse the process.
Do You Know How to Fix a Broken Computer Screen?
Now you do know how to fix a broken computer screen. But that doesn’t always mean you should. In fact, it’s probably better if you don’t.
Check the prices of a computer that can handle the tasks you perform, or have a professional repair it for you. You’ll be much better off in the long run and it’ll take much less time.
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