How to Replace Your Notebook LCD
The following instructions will help you remove and install your notebook LCD. The entire process should take approximately 30 minutes or less (depending on your skill level) and you will need the following tools:
- Small (fine) Philips screwdriver
- Small knife or other sharp, pointed object
Step 1: Safety First
- Unplug the power supply and remove the notebook battery.
Step 2: Remove Screw Covers
- Open the notebook and locate the small circular pieces of rubber or plastic covers on the plastic enclosure or bezel that surrounds the notebook screen. These rubber pieces can be referred to as screw covers. The screw covers may be different shapes and may be located on the front of the plastic enclosure or bezel facing you or on the sides. The enclosure is comprised of a front plastic bezel and a rear plastic bezel.
- Using a sharp or pointed object, remove each of the screw covers from the front of the bezel. Remove any screw covers from the side of the bezel if any exist.
- It is worth noting that bezels sometimes have plastic or rubber covers that do not cover screws, but this differs from notebook model to notebook model. To be sure, it is best to remove some of every screw cover or piece of rubber you see, to know for sure whether there is a screw under the screw cover or not.
Note: Have a special location to place the screw covers and any screws you will remove so you will not lose them.
Step 3: Remove Bezel Screws
- Using a small Philips screwdriver, remove each of the screws and place in a safe location. If your particular notebook model has screws on the side of the notebook LCD enclosure, remove them as well.
Step 4: Remove Front Plastic Bezel
- Starting from either side of the notebook LCD enclosure, insert your fingers between the notebook screen and the front plastic bezel. The front plastic bezel will usually snap off fairly easily. If it does not, work the plastic in different directions until it comes lose. Or, look closely for overlooked screw covers. Work your way around the top and be aware the notebook latch may need to be shifted in order to remove the bezel.
- After unsnapping the bottom corner, continue unsnapping the plastic bezel along the bottom of the notebook screen enclosure until completely removed. Diagram Now that you have removed the front plastic bezel, the notebook LCD enclosure should look similar to this photo. You will notice that the notebook screen is being held in place by a metal bracket on either side of the notebook LCD. The notebook LCD is being secured to the medal brackets on either side of the notebook screen by at least two (2) Philips screws. Underneath the notebook screen is the inverter which provides power to the notebook screen.
Step 5: Metal Bracket Screws
- Place a paper towel or a piece of soft cloth on the keyboard to protect the LCD.
- Lean the notebook screen with its metal brackets forward away from the rear plastic bezel just enough to be able to access the Philips screws securing the notebook LCD to the metal brackets.
- Using your Philips screwdriver, unscrew the bottom screw first and then the upper screw from the metal brackets.
- After removing the screws, lean the entire notebook LCD assembly (notebook screen and rear plastic bezel) upright ninety (90) degrees. Now gently lean just the notebook screen forward to lay on the paper towel or soft cloth covering the keyboard.
- As shown in the picture, cautiously tilt the notebook LCD forward, within its metal frame bracket. If you are unable to, you may need to remove additional screws. Be careful not to damage the data cable.
Note: Some models will require you to remove the flat video cable from the notebook LCD prior to laying the notebook screen on the keyboard.
Additionally, some notebooks will have Wi-Fi antennas affixed to the metal brackets which you will need to take note of.
The second photo shows the rear plastic enclosure as well as the back of the notebook LCD. Plugged into the back of the notebook screen you will notice the video cable which is usually is secured by a piece of tape. Additionally, you will notice the inverter board (long, narrow device) located beneath the notebook LCD. The notebook screen has a plug with two wires extending from the corner of the notebook LCD which plugs into the inverter.
Step 6: Remove Video Cable
- Remove any tape that may be securing the video cable to the notebook LCD by placing your thumb on the back of the notebook screen to provide support while you gently pull back the tape.
- Next, using your finger nail slide the video cable out of the notebook video connector.
Note: Some Dell and Sony notebook models will not use tape and instead will have clips on either side of the video cable connector. Squeeze the clips in order to unplug the video cable.
- Place your thumb or fingers on the rear of the notebook LCD for support and remove the second piece of tape (if there is a second piece of tape) securing the video cable.
Step 7: Remove Inverter
- Using your thumb and index finger nails to pull the white inverter plug from the inverter. If you are unable to slide the cable out because the inverter is in a difficult position, you may need to first unscrew the inverter from the notebook enclosure.
Note: Most notebook Screens have one inverter plug which plugs into one inverter. Some larger extra bright notebook LCDs will have two inverter plugs which plug into two inverters. While there are other notebook screens which are LED notebook LCDs which do not have an inverter plug and therefore no inverter.
Step 8: Install New Notebook LCD
- Once you have removed your damaged notebook LCD, you can follow the above instructions in reverse order to install the new notebook screen.