July 9, 2012
Niles Nerd

Is it Worthwhile it to Repair My Laptop’s LCD Screen?

Broken laptop screen

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We get calls on a regular basis from people who need their laptop screen replaced. They wonder if it’s even worth putting in the time, effort, and energy to get a new screen, but most of all are concerned if it’s worth investing the money. That depends on a few things.
Is it Under Warranty?
If your laptop is under warranty, it will be instantly voided if you attempt to open up the guts of the laptop. If you send it away for a few weeks to the manufacturer, they will be able to replace the screen, but it may end up being pricey, depending on if the the cause is covered under the warranty.
Take it to a Local Shop
Alternatively, if you can’t be parted with your laptop, you may be able to take it to a reputable local repair shop, but be prepared to part with up to a few hundred dollars for the parts and labour. Just be aware that this WILL void any existing warranty. If your laptop is a few years old, the warranty will have expired already.

Call A Nerd
Go here to contact us. We have the tools and skills to replace the screen, but we will need to order the screen (and may need to come on-site to find out the exact model number), which may take a couple of weeks to arrive. We may strongly suggest investing the funds into a new laptop instead, especially if you need access to the data right away.
Leasing options are available to help with the unexpected costs.
Other Possible Causes
Unless there is obvious physical damage, the problem might be with the laptop itself and not the screen. The graphics card might be the issue, or an issue with the motherboard itself. Try connecting a separate monitor and see if the video shows up. If the video shows up fine, then the video card isn’t the problem.
The issue might be with the inverter as well. If that’s the case, your screen would remain black even when it’s turned on. If you use a flashlight and can still see the background of the desktop, that means the screen is just dimmed, and the inverter needs to be replaced.

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