[kwlug-disc] Laptop Screen

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Fri Dec 11 15:21:07 EST 2009

Actually ... test the external monitor first. If you have the same 
problem there, you're likely SOL. The video is likely soldered to the 
motherboard, and the problem is there, not the LCD.

unsolicited wrote, On 12/11/2009 2:47 PM:
> You're so lucky.
> Odds are this is not a happy way, personally, for you to resolve your 
> issue. (-:
> 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 hopeful.
> - 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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