Unfortunately accidents happen from time to time and one of the more drastic accidents that you can have with your laptop is damage to the display panel. Fortunately, a replacement panel for many laptops is a cheap part however many people don’t feel confident about taking a screwdriver to their computer.
As someone qualified and experienced in working with electronics it may be easy for me to say, but replacement of a laptop screen in many laptops is a fairly straight forward job. Yes, some laptops almost require full disassembly but then many make it very simple – the Toshiba Satellite is one of these.
Today I was called to replace a damaged laptop screen and thought I’d take the opportunity to write a guide on how to change this. As said before, many other laptops are similar and I firmly believe many people can do this as a DIY job with no prior experience.
For this laptop all you require is a flathead and philips screwdriver – a smaller set would be ideal, borderline precision. The photo below shows what I used. I recommend if you can, to use a screwdriver with magnetic tip – when working with smaller screws this always makes things easier.
Lets get the basics out the way, we need to ensure there is no power to the laptop. Remove the AC Adapter if it is connected and also the battery. On this laptop, the battery is removed by sliding the first slider to “Unlocked” and then the second slider to release the battery from the base.
Next open the lid and observe the image below – the plastic bezel that surrounds the screen must be removed and this is held in place with four screws at the locations shown – the screws are under a plastic cap, remove these using the flathead screwdriver and stick them elsewhere on the bezel for replacement once you rebuild.
The image below shows the four exposed screws, proceed to remove these as shown. Note that the two screws at the bottom are a little more tricky and are removed at a slight angle – having a magnetic tip screwdriver helps here.
Once the screws are removed, place them in a safe location for when you rebuild.
The next step is to remove the plastic bezel, this simply pulls off. I recommend starting from the sides and working from the inside to pop out the first connection point and then work around. If you struggle to remove the lower part of the bezel – tilt the screen back as far as possible.
Once you’ve worked around the bezel, remove it from the laptop and sit aside.
You can now see that the display itself is fixed to a frame. At the sides shown below remove the two screws at either side. The lower screw may be a little trickier but to make it easier you can space out the frame from the rear lid using your spare hand – as shown. Again, a magnetic tip screwdriver will help here.
Once the screws are removed, sit them aside for refitting.
Before moving the screen any further, we’ll remove the webcam. It simply pops out of place and isn’t screwed in.
Now, place the screen face down on the keyboard. You’ll notice the webcam cable fixed to the back – this is held on with a little adhesive – simply pull it off as shown.
The last step is disconnecting the video cable from the display panel. It’ll be held on with some tape – using the flathead screwdriver lift the tape as shown and disconnect the cable by pulling it towards the bottom of the display.
Once the cable is disconnected, the disassembly process is complete and the panel can be removed from the rest of the laptop.
Fitting the replacement screen is simply reverse of the removal. When attaching the video cable and resecuring the webcam cable you may wish to consider using sellotape if the adhesive isn’t working as effective as prior to removal.