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It can be a big concern to discover that your laptop screen is cracked internally. However, having a cracked laptop screen is not the end for your laptop. Below we will look into some alternative solutions.
You should be aware that it’s not very easy to repair your laptop screen, and while doing so, you can worsen the issue.
However, if you are experienced with electrical/electronic repairs, you should be confident enough to do this yourself. On the other hand, if you feel like the work is more than your ability, you might need to consider taking it to a technician.
In this article, we shall look into various details about a broken laptop screen, the causes and how to fix it. Find more information below.
What is a Laptop Made of?
Laptop screens consist of LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) in different forms. These LCD screens include touch panels, backlit screens, and active matrix display screens. They are panels that function with the reflective components of light crystals, given that they don’t radiate light directly. They are commonly backlit via LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) and can sometimes have capacitive touch screens, like smartphones.
Recently, several laptop companies have brought out LED displays for laptop screens. The LED screens provide a more efficient display quality than LCD screens. However, LED technology isn’t as widely adopted as LCD globally. Check this video to find out how a laptop is made:
What Causes a Broken Laptop Screen?
Usually, a broken laptop screen occurs because of physical damage to it. For example, if you have dropped something heavy on your laptop or dropped it carelessly, your laptop may most likely get damaged. On the other hand, your laptop screen can still have problems when different things happen.
Some common causes of a broken laptop screen include:
- Screen burn.
- Stuck pixels.
- Connector problems.
- Excessive pressure on the screen.
- Internal issues like exposure to a high degree of light density.
1. Screen burn
Screen burn is a notable pixel discolouration on the screen of your laptop. Sometimes, the colours of images can fade away, often happening because of the frequent use of a particular pixel above others.
2. Stuck pixels
Dead/stuck or defective pixels can be one of the reasons for a broken screen. Usually, when the transistor that supplies its power doesn’t provide sufficient power, it will permanently black. Stuck pixels are usually very annoying and can limit your workflow.
3. Connector problems
Sometimes, the video connecting wire (or connector) can worsen due to mishandling or other problems. This can cause your display to be dysfunctional.
4. Excessive pressure enforced on the screen
Also, note that your laptop screen can damage when excessive pressure is applied externally. For example, when travelling with your laptop in your bag, other things can put force on it, breaking the screen. You can also avoid this by using a laptop screen protector.
5. Internal problems like exposure to a high degree of light density.
Additionally, one other thing that can damage your screen display is exposure to a high degree of light density. Consistent exposure to the high level of internal lights from the transistors can cause your laptop’s screen to deteriorate and eventually spoil.
How to Fix a Broken Laptop Screen
- First of all, you’d need a clear, level working space. A table will do and a chair or someplace to stand (if you’d rather be comfortable that way), giving you a level ground with the table.
- A small head magnetic screwdriver or Allen key set: Note that the size of your screwdriver doesn’t need to be as small as your standard spectacle fixing unit. A mid-sized screwdriver will do the job. Also, suppose you don’t have a magnetic screwdriver. In that case, you can find a magnet that is effective and large enough to charge the screwdriver’s head. Using a magnetic screwdriver makes the job much easier.
- A self-locking needle: This tool is necessary for removing spread stickers that hide the screws on your laptop’s bezel. The bezel is the plastic spread around the laptop screen.
- A plastic putty blade: Use this at your discretion. You use the putty blade to separate the laptop screen bezel from the laptop casing. Although using your nails is usually effective enough. However, if you use another article, ensure that it’s slim enough but not very sharp; or will cause a scratch on the screen.
- Lastly, a bowl: You must keep your screws together to avoid scattering while working.
Follow these steps to repair your broken laptop screen by yourself.
1. Ensure that Your Laptop Is Disconnected from The Power Supply
One important thing you want to do is to ensure that there’s no power flowing in and out of your laptop while you’re working on it. So, to do this, disconnect your laptop from any AC power supply. Also, power down your computer, remove the battery and then wait a while. You need to ensure that the computer is not holding any electricity while working. It can be exposed to the risk of data corruption that way.
2. Inspect the broken laptop screen
You need to inspect your laptop and check the extent of damage done, making it easier to spot what is wrong with your laptop screen and any other damage. Check the laptop model as well, as that can affect the price of getting a replacement. Also, the laptop’s age will determine how difficult it will be to find a replacement screen.
When you’re done doing that, inspect the side bezels of the laptop. There, you’d discover some small stickers on both sides. If there is no sticker by the side of your screen, then inspect the bottom of your laptop screen. You’d notice two protrusions on the casing of your laptop.
3. Ensure you have purchased a Replacement Screen
Next, buy a replacement screen for your laptop. To know the exact screen for your laptop, you can find out by the laptop’s model number. Usually, the model number is printed on the laptop’s case.
4. Use a Needle to insert into the protrusions of the laptop bezels.
Use a needle to insert into the stickers and remove their coverings delicately when you have done that. After removing the covers, place them aside safely and note their top sides. You can make a small marking on one side of the coverings as a solution.
5. Use the screwdriver to unscrew the screws of your laptop screen.
Now, you will be able to see the screws for the screens. Using the screwdriver, unscrew every one of them. Also, while doing this, provide some support with your other hand by holding the screen from the other side (which is usually the back) of the laptop screen.
6. Store the Screws in a safe place
Ensure to place the screws in a small bowl, a magnet, or a container aside to avoid losing them.
7. Remove the Screws from the Plastic Bezel
Once you’ve removed all the screws from the case, carefully pull out the screen from the bezel. Use your fingers to guide the process while carefully removing the bezel to do this efficiently. When you can separate the screen from the plastic bezel, delicately pull it away. Also, note that if the screen refuses to come out, you should look for any screw still attached to the laptop.
8. Push back the screen from the metal case
After removing the screen from the plastic bezel, you will see a metal case around it. Next, remove the screen from the metal casing by pushing the screen from the metallic casing. The laptop screen will shift out of its metallic shell, and you can spot the wires connecting the screen.
9. Disconnect the PC and Screen Linking
Here you will spot two important wires. The first one is the video wire, while the second is the power cable of the inverter. Disconnect the laptop and screen connecting wire while leaving the inverter wire.
10. Replace the Old Screen with a new one
When you’ve removed the old screen, pick up the new one and replace it inside the metal casing. Then, put back the metal case into the bezel and screw it back. Ensure to connect the wires correctly and firmly to the right spots from which you disconnected. Put the cover on the Laptop and Ensure that it fits perfectly. You can go to a local tech shop if you want to know how much it costs to replace a laptop screen.
11. Power on the Laptop and Ensure that it’s working properly
When you’re done coupling the laptop, put back the battery and power your laptop. Then, check it properly for various colors on the screen.
Follow this link to learn how Prime Tech teaches how to repair laptop screens and the tools he used
What Are the Benefits of a Cracked Screen Repair?
1. It’s cost-effective
Replacing your laptop screen by yourself is more cost-effective than paying a technician to repair it. You only need to purchase the required components from valid repair shops or e-commerce platforms.
2. It’s clear and simple to do
Changing your laptop screen by yourself is simple to do. While this can be scary to do by yourself at first, you realize that it’s much easier than you think.
3. It saves your time
In cases of emergency, repairing your laptop by yourself provides you with more control of your time with the laptop. For example, rather than depending on technicians joggling between fixing your device and others, you can fix your laptop screen by yourself and use it again in a jiffy.
The fixing cost will be different depending on the damage to your screen. In this YouTube link, CNET teaches other ways to fix your laptop screen
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get rid of a cracked screen on a laptop?
If you realize that your laptop screen is cracked internally, the best suggestion is to replace the cracked screen with a new one. To do this by yourself, get the equipment, remove the battery, screen bezel, metal casing, and the broken screen, and replace the new screen. After that, couple everything put back the battery, power your laptop and try again.
How much does it cost to replace a broken laptop screen?
Usually, replacing your screen should cost you circa $80-$150, although the price differs with the quality of the laptop screen. OLED or 4K displays will invariably cost more. If you’re also paying for the technician’s manpower, you’d have to spend about $250-$350. So, if you want to save cost, follow this article and replace it yourself.
Can you fix a laptop screen with cracks?
Yes, there are various ways of doing this, but the most efficient way is to change the bad screen with a new one. Although, this has cost implications. If you are confident, you can do this yourself—which is very simple. Follow this guide and replace it yourself.
Did you find out that your Laptop Screen Cracked Internally? Then, inspect the laptop screen damage to see if you need to send it to a technician, or you can save some bucks and time. How? You can achieve this following the simplified procedures above in repairing your broken laptop.