How to replace a broken laptop screen

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A screen replacement for most laptops costs $80 and takes no more than an hour of your time. Your laptop isn’t a paperweight just because the display is dying or cracked. Replacing a broken laptop screen yourself is a great way to save money if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, as most computer repair shops will charge you $150 to $300 for the job.

Here are step-by-step instructions for replacing the LCD on your broken laptop.

Before you replace your laptop screen

Before you do anything, make sure your laptop is in good working order and that the screen truly needs to be replaced. If the graphics card on the motherboard is dead, for example, replacing a perfectly good screen may be a waste of time and effort. Furthermore, if the laptop has recently been dropped or otherwise physically harmed, you should check for other damage as well.

If you do that and record it, You can test the graphics card by connecting a desktop monitor or TV to the laptop, as most of them have a standard blue VGA monitor and/or HDMI output. If the image on an external display looks good, your graphics card is probably fine and the screen is the problem. If you don’t see anything, keep in mind that some laptops require you to press specific function keys to enable external display output.


If your screen doesn’t display, it’s more than likely due to a problem with your graphics card and/or motherboard.

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Connecting your laptop to a television or an external monitor can help you determine whether the issue is a broken screen or something more serious.

If the laptop successfully outputs to another display, use it for a while to make sure the keyboard and other laptop components are working properly.

However, this is not a guide for ultrabooks, two-in-ones, tablets, Macbooks, or other specialized notebooks. Here are the caveats to the general steps that follow before you replace your laptop’s LCD. Even so, the general steps I outline do not apply to all laptops of this type. To replace the screen on some laptops, a different process and/or more work is required, such as accessing the motherboard by opening the laptop’s main case. It’s designed for average, everyday laptops.

Finding a replacement laptop screen

If the process for your laptop looks different after following the first few steps, I recommend searching Google and YouTube for more information or contacting a repair professional for assistance with your specific laptop brand and model. Because of this important caveat, it’s a good idea to try to remove the damaged screen first before purchasing a new LCD to ensure you can replace it.

Finding a replacement LCD is usually simple—and you won’t have to pay the manufacturer’s exorbitant prices. Simply use your laptop model number and the words “eBay” or “Amazon” to search eBay, Amazon, or Google. LCD screenMost regular screens are available for between $50 and $80. Some vendors have one or two sets of identification numbers that could be used to identify your model. If you’re still having trouble, look for other identification numbers on the laptop label or in the documentation. ..

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A simple Google search for your laptop’s model number and “LCD screen” should turn up replacement panels.

However, if the seller states that the screen is compatible with your specific laptop model, it usually works. When shopping for an LCD, most sellers will advise you to compare the specs and location of the video cable on the back of their screen to the specs and placement of the video cable on the back of your current screen. Another reason to open the laptop bezel before ordering a replacement is to check for cracks.

How to fix your broken laptop screen

Here’s what works for the vast majority of laptops: Make sure you have all of the necessary tools before you begin.

  • Table or other flat working area: You’ll need a flat surface to work on your laptop and a place to sit (or stand, if that’s your thing). This gives you an excuse to clean up the mess on your dining room table or at your desk.
  • Small-head magnetic philips screwdriver: If you don’t have a screwdriver with a magnetic head, find a magnet large enough to magnetize the driver head. This makes it much easier to remove and replace screws without cursing because they fall all over the place. I wouldn’t use something as small as a mini screwdriver from an eyeglass repair kit, but something between that and a mid-sized screwdriver would suffice.
  • Safety pin or needle: This is for removing the cover stickers that hide the screws on the bezel of your laptop’s surrounding cover.
  • Plastic putty knife or other thin object: If you do use another object, make sure it’s thin enough to avoid leaving scrapes or other evidence of prying. My fingernails usually do the trick for me. This is optional, but it will help pry the screen bezel from the case apart.
  • Small bowl or other container: This is where you’ll keep the small screws safe from curious cats and children.

These general steps work for most laptops:

  1. Remove the battery from the laptop as well. Make sure the laptop is not connected to the power supply.
  2. Find the round cover stickers on the screen bezel, the case that surrounds the screen, that hide the screws. On each side of the screen, you should find one. When the screen is open, these stickers are usually found near the screen hinges on the bottom of the bezel.


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On the bezel of this Acer Aspire One, you can see the screw covers in the very bottom right and left corners. (To enlarge any image in this article, click on it.)

  1. To remove the cover stickers without damaging them, use a sharp, pointy object like an opened safety pin or needle. Pry the sticker away from between the edge of the cover and the bezel. Place the covers in a safe place after removing them, sticky side up, to ensure enough stickiness when reinstalling them.
  2. Some screws are simple to remove, while others are more difficult. Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey, righty-tighty, lefty-loosey, righty-loosey, righty-loos However, shifting the screen into Remove the now-exposed screws with your screwdriver. just In most cases, the right position exposes the screws enough to remove them.

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You’ll find screws after you remove the sticker covers.

  1. Because the bezel is usually secured to the back case with plastic snaps, pry it with some force—but not too much. In the crack around the outside of the screen, work a fingernail or other thin, prying object. Pry the screen bezel away from the back side of the screen case with care. too When prying, you’ll hear the fasteners snapping open. ruthless

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The bezel of the screen is being pryed and unsnapped from the back case.

  1. It may or may not be easy to remove the screen bezel once it has been unsnapped. Moving the screen up or down, with a little gentle force if necessary, should fully free it. If not, it’s probably stuck somewhere near the screen hinges.

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The screen is secured to metal frame pieces on each side after removing the bezel.

  1. You should now be able to lift the LCD slightly away from the back screen case (with the trim frame pieces attached). Remove the two screws that hold the trim frame pieces to the back screen case (one on each side, one on the top). The LCD is secured to a metal trim frame on the left and right sides once the bezel is fully removed.
  2. The LCD is taped to the trim frame pieces on each side of the smaller laptop I photographed. Most laptops have three screws on each side; however, the smaller laptop I photographed here does not have these screws. Remove any screws securing the trim frame to the LCD from each of its sides.

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Most laptops have screws here that secure the LCD screen to the metal trim frame pieces.

  1. You should be able to place the LCD face-down on the keyboard at this point. Take care not to overstretch the video cable that connects the LCD to the back of the screen.

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The LCD has been carefully removed from the trim frame pieces and sat on the keyboard.

  1. Remove the video cable from the LCD’s back panel. Simply pull the cables away from the screen with a gentle tug. When you get to the point where you have to pull the video cable out of the screen connector, it should unplug easily. Tape that secures the video connector to the back of the screen is usually removed as well. If that’s the case, keep in mind that the portion of the cable that runs down the screen is usually adhered to the screen’s back with some mild adhesive. Though the connector on the laptop I photographed is near the bottom, most laptops have it near the center.

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This cable connector is located at the very bottom of the LCD screen, unlike most laptops.

  1. Reconnect the video cable to the connector and reconnect the cables and any tape as you did with the previous one. Simply place the new LCD face-down on top of the old one once it has been fully removed.
  2. Set the new screen in the side trim frame pieces, then re-secure it with three screws in each side of the trim frame pieces, and a screw on top of each to secure it to the back screen case, just like the old one.
  3. Make sure the bezel is fully snapped in place and there are no cracks around the edges of the screen case before replacing the bezel screws. Finally, reattach the sticky screw covers with that safe pin or needle. When it comes time to replace the bezel, simply line it up and push/squeeze it back into the snaps of the rear screen case.

If everything went smoothly, you should now have a brand new working laptop screen. Replace the battery and give it a try!

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