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)