It finally happened.
I generally check my laptop before running to work. I have it on or next to my couch usually and just hit a few sites, check my work email etc in the morning. Unfortunately, as I got up to actually leave for work, it happened.
The laptop had fallen off the arm of the couch and it was immediately obvious the LCD screen was damaged. I tried the futile quick reboot (but haven't yet tried plugging it into a separate display to verify that the video card is fine) and there's a significant amount of bleeding in the lower right and corruption on the right side. Of course, its about six months out of warranty unless I remembered to get the accident coverage, which I don't think I did.
A replacement screen from HP looks like it runs around $450 before shipping but presumably that comes with installation. I can find an identical screen for $125 but I'd have to install it myself unless I found someplace local that would do it for me.
I do have some experience in this area, replacing the LCD on my 30G I-Pod and building my own desktop computer in the past (and I'm a programmer). But cracking open a laptop seems like its pretty risky. This site: http://www.insidemylaptop.com/remove-lcd-screen-inverter-board-hp-pavilion-dv9000-laptop/
seems to have step by step instructions for my general model, but its usually not as straight forward as it looks.
1 - Has anyone replaced their laptop/notebook screen before? How bad was it?
2 - Has anyone sent in a notebook/laptop for LCD replacement to HP and how bad was that experience?
(Mods: And if this is more properly H/A feel free to move)
I've replaced the screen on a Gateway laptop and it wasn't hard at all. It'd be a fun project for you.
QEDMF xbl: PantsB G+
Post or PM me the specific model details of your laptop (usually found on the serial# panel/sticker, but no serial# needed of course) - I can find a maintenance manual for your specific type on HP's site rather quickly. My brother and I actually did a Compaq Presario's screen (no more than 18 months old) last month and it's rather easy once you have the official steps. Just make sure you have some sub-1 sized phillips (in fact the manual will tell you all the necessary tools to strip it bare).
dv9000's are pretty big and easy. remember to remove the battery (so there's no power, also there are screws under it that hold the top on)
and remember, if a piece is being difficult in coming off you probably missed a screw somewhere.
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Earlier this year, I purchased a refurbished laptop from Compusa. It's been working fine with no problems, until recently.
While tilting my screen slightly (or to open it after closing the lid), there's no image coming from the LCD. Tilting it again slightly fixes the screen, but clearly there's a loose wire or something else going on. According to a guy from Best Buy who took a quick look, it's most likely a problem with the LCD inverter, or I/O cable.
Since the laptop only had a 90 day warranty, HP says the flat rate for fixing it is a motherfucking $290. Best Buy wouldn't be any cheaper since they would send it to HP in the first place.
So right now it's not a major problem, but I feel if I leave it alone I might lose the screen image entirely. So with that in mind, I could really use your guys help to find the cheapest solution to this.
*facepalm* I didn't realize you bumped an old thread for a separate issue with your own problem. If you feel you're mechanically inclined enough, have a blast.
I'm perfectly fine with the latter option, but as you read, HP is charging damn near the price of the notebook itself. Are there any non-retail places that should be able to do the job at a much lower price? What if I asked around my college's computer lab?
The way my laptop, and most as I understand it, works is you have a plastic covering outside the screen than can be screwed off. Underneath, there will be a power supply connected to a component under your screen that then connects to the screen. Its entirely possible that your issue could be fixed by fiddling with that.
QEDMF xbl: PantsB G+
What keeps me from attempting this is that I don't know what the issue is. If it's the inverter, it looks like you can just do a simple swap job, end of story.
But if it's a wire, then I'm less hesitant to try it, because I wouldn't know which wire is the issue, or how to replace it.
Unless you can say with utmost certainty it's the inverter.