You may look at your busted laptop screen and assume your system is no longer good for anything but spare parts or the trash. However, replacing a laptop screen is actually a possibility without causing other problems with your computer overall. Even though replacement of a broken or damaged screen is doable, and the parts are readily accessible, the project does involve room for errors if you have no formal training in laptop repair. Once you have ordered a replacement screen and are ready to get started, make sure you know the common mistakes to avoid during DIY laptop screen replacement.
Mistake: Using too much force to disassemble the screen and bezel.
Why? The parts that hold the laptop screen in place are not made out of steel, and they are indeed quite fragile if you are not careful. By prying too hard or asserting too much fore to pop something out of place, you could end up causing damage to the bezel, which holds the screen in place, or even the wiring that will power the new screen once it is installed. Use gentle pressure to carefully remove the parts during the disassembly process to avoid causing damage.
Mistake: Not using the proper tools for disassembly and replacement.
Why? In most cases, the tools that you will need for replacing your laptop screen will not be anything to complex. You will probably need:
- a set of small screwdrivers
- a credit card for prying the bezel open after removing screws
- a small tray for housing the small components while you work
Even though the tool requirements are minimal, using the wrong tools can definitely be a problem. For example, not using screwdrivers that adequately fit the screw heads can cause you strip the threads of the screws you need to get out, which can make it nearly impossible to make repairs without damaging something.
Mistake: Not labeling small components as they are taken out of the laptop.
Why? With some laptop models, just replacing the screen will involve taking almost the entire casing of the system apart just to get to the main wired connections that will have to be unplugged and plugged back in with the new screen. Therefore, just this simple project can mean a ton of small screws and parts to get mixed up and confused. Before you get started, grab a handful of sandwich baggies and a permanent marker so you can label every small screw and component you remove. This will make reassembly a much less time-consuming process and there will be little room for mistakes.