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Laptop Repair - Screen Swap From Other Laptop

ElJeffeElJeffe Roaming the streets, waving his mod gun around.Moderator, ClubPA Mod Emeritus
So my daughter has a laptop - an Acer Aspire 5 - that she accidentally stepped on and janked up the screen. The display itself doesn't appear damaged, and it worked fine for a bit, but she shattered part of the casing around one of the hinges, and the plastic frame around the screen just kept falling further apart until it was kind of a mess. I tried using tape to patch it up, but because the metal hinge puts force on the area whenever you open or close it, the tape can't really keep it together. And it's started pulling at the wires to where the display is glitching and it's basically unusable.

However! My son, who had the exact same model of laptop, spilled soda on the keyboard of his, and bricked it. It won't turn on, and we eventually gave up on it and bought him a refurb. But as best I can tell, the screen portion of the laptop is completely fine.

Since the cost of repairing my daughter's laptop looks like it would be in the couple-hundred-dollar range (on a $350 laptop), I'm wondering if it would be worth trying to swap out the screen (basically, the entire lid of the laptop) with the one from my son's. I have no experience with laptop repair, but I'm reasonably comfortable dismantling shit, and if it's just a matter of taking off a part and putting on the identical part, I think I could probably swing it. I was wondering, though, if doing this would likely require any special tools or knowledge, or if there's anything that would make it prohibitively difficult to Frankenstein these two busted laptops together.

Any advice would be appreciated!

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    dispatch.odispatch.o Registered User regular
    edited December 2021
    I've disassembled and replaced the screen on a couple of laptops. The trick is they assembled in totally different orders of operation, but with similar mechanisms.

    Popping out the keyboard to get to the screws, taking off the rubber feet to get to screws, disconnecting the cable and taking apart the hinges. All had their own little quirks. The hardest part is figuring out where they hid all the screws in the shell assembly.

    If you go into it blind, start with the bricked one so you can learn how it fits together and know what to be careful with on the other one. If you can find a specific tutorial or repair video for that model, you'll have a pretty easy time of it start to finish.

    I recommend taking pictures and using many small bags or bowls for the various screws and plastic bits. I think you'll be totally fine.

    edit: There are always screws hidden under the keyboard and rubber feet. Usually under a sticker with the model info too.

    edit2: doesn't look too bad. Provided this is the correct Acer.

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    BurtletoyBurtletoy Registered User regular
    I would not be at all surprised if you needed to buy a Torx/Torx Security hex set, but I got those at home depot a few years ago for under $20 no problem

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    ElJeffeElJeffe Roaming the streets, waving his mod gun around.Moderator, ClubPA Mod Emeritus
    A torx wrench set would be hell of a lot cheaper than a repair, and then I get to own a torx wrench set!

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    dispatch.odispatch.o Registered User regular
    Public restroom toilet fittings beware.

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    mRahmanimRahmani DetroitRegistered User regular
    It’s definitely doable and not that hard. I’d definitely recommend googling for the model name + “service manual,” which will tell you the best order to pull things apart and where all the hidden screws are. Some manufacturers will put them up on their site, some you might need to dig for. Take your time and you won’t have a problem.

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    BurtletoyBurtletoy Registered User regular
    dispatch.o wrote: »
    Public restroom toilet fittings beware.

    I know this was a joke, but they are just finishing construction on the new building I'm working in and I might bring my Torx Security hex to work because the alignment on the bathroom locks is gonna annoy me


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