How to Fix My Laptop Screen if I Dropped It

By Angela Odum

A laptop is a very fragile piece of electronics. Dropping your laptop will usually cause the screen to crack or break, meaning that you will need to replace the screen. Nevertheless, having a computer technician replace your laptop screen can be very expensive. If you replace your laptop screen, you can save yourself a lot of money. To replace a screen, you do not have to be technically inclined. You just need to follow a few simple directions.

Things You'll Need

  • New laptop screen
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flat-head screwdriver

Step 1

Verify that all that is broken is the laptop screen. To do this all you will need to do is plug an external monitor into your laptop. If everything is working correctly with the external monitor, you can rest assured that it is just the screen that needs to be replaced.

Step 2

Remove your laptop's battery and disconnect the laptop from the electrical outlet. Locate the screw covers, which are usually located on screen's surrounding frame. Remove the screw covers by prying back the corner to see if there is a screw underneath. There are normally four to six screws that need to be removed. Make sure that you remove all screws and screw covers and set them aside.

Step 3

At the bottom center of the screen, squeeze your fingers between the frame and screen in order to separate them. It will normally snap loose. Go around the entire frame to make sure that it is completely separated from the screen. Once this is done, you should see the screen in its metal frame and the inverter board is normally down below. You should now be able to separate the screen from the plastic shell behind it.

Step 4

Detach the cables connecting your screen to your laptop. The video cable is usually the long ribbon cable taped to the rear of your screen. Remove the tape and then disconnect the cable. Also disconnect the power cable located between the screen and the inverter. You may also need to remove the inverter. To do this, remove the inverter screws and then unplug the power connectors on each side of the inverter board. Unscrew the screws that hold the screen to the frame. Take out the old screen and replace it with the new one, screwing the new screen into the metal frame. Reattach the cables and put the screws back in.

Step 5

Test the new screen by putting your battery back in and plugging in your laptop.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your broken screen doesn't come out easily, make sure that you unscrewed all the necessary screws.