Broke the screen on Macbook, what to do?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by EB66, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. EB66 macrumors 6502

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    My brothers macbook fell off of his bed and the screen is absolutely totaled. The insides of it are broke and it does not work at all just shows weird colors and cracks.

    We called apple and they said it was not covered because he doesn't have apple care and it was going to cost a ridiculous amount of money i don't remember the cost but the guy said hes almost better off buying a new computer.

    what would you do? is that it, the computer is toast after one fall?
     
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    The LCD is the most expensive part of a laptop, and accidental damage wouldn't be covered even if he did have AppleCare. Unless you want to try to replace the screen yourself by buying the part (still very pricey on eBay), yes, you'd be better off learning from this very expensive mistake.
     
  3. Manzana macrumors 6502a

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    I've used these guys before, their guides are great.
     
  4. Manzana macrumors 6502a

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    one more thing, what type of macbook is it? the link i posted if for a 2ghz core duo, $400
     
  5. MacDanielG macrumors member

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    wow... the horror. I can only imagine.

    The death of my macbook would be followed by a continous lack of nutrition followed by suicidal thoughts. (well not THAT far but you get the point):(
     
  6. KompleX macrumors regular

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    sounds like the macbook is irreparable. it's time to let it go on to macbook heaven and get a new one unless the cost of fixing it is significantly less than buying a new one.

    RIP
     
  7. Alistair1990 macrumors member

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    If I'm right, the ifixit guide replaces the screen by opening the laptop from the bottom case and removing an awful lot. I found a guide (sorry I have forgotten where from) that shows how to replace the lcd panel by removing the bezel (plastic around the screen, it pulls off). The screen can then be taken off by removing several screws which is fairly easy - I did the whole thing with nothing more than a small screwdriver. Unplug the screen from the inverter and two cable (for video input and webcam i believe).

    Simply do the reverse to fit the new panel - I got mine off eBay for £160 delivered next day. The whole replacement took about 30 minutes and I am by no means a computer expert.

    EDIT here is the link I used http://www.screentekinc.com/lcd-removal-instructions_en,macbook.shtml
     
  8. KompleX macrumors regular

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    i would feel the same way. *hugs macbook*
     
  9. EB66 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks for all the help guys....its not mine so im not sure exactly the specs on it but i think its a 2ghz
     
  10. Alistair1990 macrumors member

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    No worries, mine is the 2Ghz and the only difficult part was the removal of the hinge cover but it came out eventually. Are you based in the UK? As the eBay seller I bought my screen off seemed very good and offered a free repair service if the screen is bought from them, just means you have to send your macbook to them.
     
  11. EB66 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    anyone know a way i could possible control it in the meantime? i don't have an external screen to hook it up to so that is not an option

    i have remote desktop on my computer but i cant connect to that computer because it is not enabled in the sharing preferences and i cant find a way to get to it

    any suggestions?
     
  12. Spritey macrumors regular

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    Do you have a relatively new tv you could try hooking it up to? Newer tvs often have the right ports

    And feel your pain. My bro bought my MBP, fell on the ice and landed on top of his backpack which had his MBP in it. Screen cracked, so that was $1500 in repair costs...
     
  13. Alistair1990 macrumors member

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    Sounds obvious but don't open or close it if you don't need to, the flex and movement will cause the screen to get worse.
     
  14. aross99 macrumors 68000

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    How about taking the MB over to a friends house and using their monitor? Only problem is that I suspect you don't have the special cable you need to hook up a monitor. That is probably your best bet though...

    I suspect you can probably get it fixed for something like $400 like other people have said, and while that is certainly not cheap, it is better than buying a new $1,000 laptop...
     
  15. j26 macrumors 65832

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    Ouch!!

    That's a big loss to swallow.
    Even if your brother has to get a new macbook, the old one might be still usable as a desktop if he does pick up a monitor, so it's not necessarily a total loss.


    Small consolation, but it's something.
     
  16. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    Steps 1-3:

    1. Recover the hard drive.

    2. Sell MB on eBay.

    3. Buy refurb from Apple.

    That's what I'd do.
     
  17. Prost264 macrumors newbie

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    ^ not a bad idea, considering a refurb SR 2ghz Macbook is only $849, just depends on how much you get from the ebay sale.
     
  18. AlexanderTgreat macrumors member

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    You should be able to find a new screen from an internet vender of 200-270 dollars and then just install it yourself. It's not overly difficult, just print off directions and follow all the steps. If you send to to apple for the repair they will charge you almost as much as you could buy a new macbook for
     
  19. brendanryder macrumors 6502a

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    no
    i highly doubt it
    i broke my mb screen and it cost 900$ to replace it.
    the good thing is that my "ex" friend broke it so he had to pay
    your better seeing how much it will cost to fix the innarnds and not the screen and use it as a desktop
     
  20. Alistair1990 macrumors member

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    From what I understood it was just the screen that was broken and the innards are fine? In which case the OP should be able to pick up a screen for $300 or there abouts and, as some have said, fit it himself.

    In this situation I would not consider the machine dead by any means, unless I am miss-reading something?
     
  21. aross99 macrumors 68000

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    I found a screen replacement service here:

    http://www.dttservice.com/macbook.html

    Click on the LCD Screen tab at the top. Look like $450 to get it repaired. Don't know anything abotu them though.

    I know that's a lot of cash, but its half the price of getting a refurb new one. Screen replacement is NOT a simple thing to do, and from the tone of your questions, it doesn't sound like you guys are probably going to be able to handle a do-it-yourself repair. :)

    You might be able to find a cheaper one too - I just googled for it...
     
  22. EB66 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ya i definetly don't want to do the repair, ive worked on my powerbook before and took the whole logic board and everything out to reconnect my airport card and it was a pain in the ass to say the least, i also bent the casing a lil bit in the process

    thanks for that last link it def looks like the way to go, thats most likely what hes gonna do
     
  23. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    You could easily pull $400-500 on eBay for a broken book. From there, it would cost the amount of a new screen to get an entirely new computer. Easy decision, IMO.
     
  24. Prof. macrumors 601

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    That sux, dude.

    As I lay here typing this, my MacBooks is on the corner of my bed and I just pushed it towards the center of my bed so the same thing doesn't happen to me.:eek:
     

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