[kwlug-disc] Laptop Screen
unsolicited at swiz.ca
Fri Dec 11 14:47:12 EST 2009
You're so lucky.
Odds are this is not a happy way, personally, for you to resolve your
It is likely that the LCD has a ribbon connector coming out of it that
goes across the hinge. i.e. Must be flexible. Not a 25 pin vga connector.
If I were pursuing this I would:
- get the manu/model of the other machine.
- look yours and it up at the manu/support site, looking for the
hardware maintenance manual. I have had success with both IBM and Dell
getting disassembly / replacement instructions. You're looking to see
what's involved, and a first guess at whether the dimensions are the
same and/or mounting points are similar. And pinouts of the ribbon
cable to see if the signals are the same. I would think you have a
good chance of success at this, an LCD screen is an LCD screen - but I
have no experience in this area. Mounting and dimensions, I'm not so
- If ewaste will let you, I'd disassemble yours first. Use the
external monitor in the meantime, then take it all to ewaste and
disassemble theirs on-site. If it looks like it will fit, and you can
slip their ribbon cable in yours and get video, take the whole shebang
home and assemble it up right.
I wish you the best of luck. If you luck out with the same pinout,
dimensions, and mounting point, this is easy and well worthwhile
doing. Definitely a little bizarre the first time you do it, but makes
perfect sense after you've run through it once.
If nothing else, disassembling yours should reveal part or other
identifying numbers that you can then internet search for. Perhaps
you'll get lucky.
The hard part is sourcing such replacement parts, for a reasonable
price, within a reasonable geographical area. Parts cost, including
inventory / personnel (disassembly) time, mean that most businesses
just toss the very parts you need. If you could but find them.
Joe Wennechuk wrote, On 12/11/2009 2:04 PM:
> Yes unfortunately It is the LCD itself. The right half of the screen is
> completely viewable then for about an inch more it is visible but
> shifted to red, then there are two black bands separated by a green line
> about 1-2px wide covering the remaining portion of the screen.
> I was wondering though if you might know this.
> I have access to a screen at E-Waste recycling, it is the same size but
> will require some monkey business as; it is for a different machine
> alltogether. Is this even feasable, Is this wise to approach, or are the
> technical feats required too daunting? Is it just a VGA (25 pin? or
> whatever) with a proprietary connector?
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