Cracked Macbook Air Screen, Help :(

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by JillBinoche, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. JillBinoche macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2013
    NY, NY
    I cracked my Macbook Air Screen. What is the best place to get it fixed for cheap that will do a good job (Apple is too expensive).
  2. DisplacedMic, Apr 10, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2013

    DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    there's no answer you're going to get here that you're going to like... best place, cheap and good job might not all be possible.

    how much was the fruitstand trying to charge you?

    Basically your options are:

    Have Apple do it.
    Find someone local who works on Macs.
    Find someone online who can do it - like Ifixit for example.
    Do it yourself

    Replace the computer
    Live with it if the screen still works.

    You didn't give us any information about which MBA you have but a quick google search looks like the part itself is going to be at least $200-$300 and a non-apple replacement is going to be closer to $500 as per the link i gave you above.

    Sorry that happened :(

    good luck!
  3. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    Do it yourself if you're half competent with a screwdriver. You'll need to buy a pentalobe screwdriver to remove the bottom case ($5), and the only other screwdriver you'll need is a T8 for the hinges. If you've never done it before, it's a half hour to 45 minute repair. If you're competent, you can do it in about 15 minutes.

    If you post the last 4 digits of your serial number we can give you the exact part number of the screen you need to buy :).
  4. kenetic macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2006
    Go to Apple store and let them know you crack the screen by accident. They might be able to replace for free. I was able to get it repair for free. Good luck!
  5. n1tut macrumors regular


    Nov 20, 2010
    Glen of Newmill, Keith, Scotland
    Likewise, I closed the lid with the earphone buds between and cracked the screen.

    Took it to my Apple store, but must admit that when they said it could not be replaced for free, I laid on the 73 year old disabled War Pensioner, and that did the trick.

  6. JillBinoche thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2013
    NY, NY
    Lol ... nice ;)
  7. blesscheese macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Central CA
    Well, it should count for something...right?
  8. nooey macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2013
    Macbook pro

    i also have a cracked computer screen the last 4 digits of my laptop are dty3
  9. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    13" 2012 MBP - screen required is 661-6594 - Price from apple will be about $500. You can probably pick it up for $250-$300 refurb.
  10. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68020

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    Is it just the glass overlay or the LCD itself that is damaged?

    Anyway, you may want to check a quote with . I know nothing about the company beyond the fact they've been around for a long time but thought I'd mention it in case you've never heard of them before.

    Edit, they charge $279 (plus shipping) to replace 13" MBA LCD.
  11. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    I replaced the LCD on a few laptops. I sometimes buy a laptop with a cracked screen for cheap, then repair it. The LCD you need for the MBA goes for a little under $200 on eBay. Go check there.

    I never buy LCDs off websites like iresq -- it's always cheaper on eBay.

    For repair guides, iFixit is the go-to place. For the difficult spots, peruse YouTube for videos and watch how they do the part you're stuck at.
  12. l.a.rossmann macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2009
    Here's a long step by step guide I created on how to do this yourself replacing just the glass overlay. I zoom in on the parts that are difficult or a pain in the ass, and I don't fast forward through the difficult parts or my own mistakes.

    If a dumbass like myself can do it, then surely you can as well. Do give a thumbs up if you can, the internet is nothing but a high school popularity contest, and it helps.

    You can get the entire job done for under $200 if you do it yourself.
  13. n1tut macrumors regular


    Nov 20, 2010
    Glen of Newmill, Keith, Scotland
    I cracked both the glass screen and the LCD and Apple quoted me £230 before deciding to do it for free.

    They also replaced the battery for me when it dropped to 75% earlier than it should have done.

  14. AXs macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Just to know, so that we can learn from this incident - how exactly did you crack the screen?

    Or how do people crack their Air screens in general? Dropping it will crack the screen?

    Please share.
  15. inselstudent macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2012
    Someone said they closed the lid with their earbuds lying on the keyboard. So that can break a screen and besides that I've read a couple if times on these forums that people dropped their machines from desks or tore them accidentally by some earphones plugged into it.

    Well, and I don't want to sound harsh, but I don't think it takes a lot to figure out what could break a screen. Just handle it with the appropriate care and you should be fine.
  16. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68020

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    My friend's husband stepped on her laptop and made it unusable. I pulled the HDD from it and put it in my external case and used my MBP to xfer the pictures to a new laptop of hers.

    Missed a screw that had hopped into the hinge area between the keyboard and display. Found it when I went to shut my MBP though. Made a nice *CRACK* sound, and over the next few days, the crack lengthened until it hit another edge of the glass.

    Display is in perfect shape, and unless you look dead on, you miss most of the crack. Still though. :(
  17. penguin3110 macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2013
    Could you tell me what screen I need to purchase to replace it for macbook air 13" ending in djwt

  18. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    To double check I have that as a:

    MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.7 13" (Mid-2011)

    The screen you'd need is a 661-5732 (although you should always double check with the seller :)).
  19. wguyth macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2011
    I was wondering if you can share with us where you are looking up screen parts information using the last 4 digits of the mac's serial number?
  20. JamesW1 macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2014
    It can be very difficult for someone without experience to replace the lcd without damaging the backlight sheets behind. Selling your Mac to a company like and use the money to buy a new one can be a good solution!
  21. GreyTopRKP macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2015
    Cracked screen replacement for DDR1? MBAir

    Can you advise required screen if last 4 numbers are DDR1 in SN?
    A1369 (EMC 2392)
  22. charlyham macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2012
    You can do a lookup here:
  23. Beeezzzeey macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2015

    Hi there - I've also cracked my screen I don't have extended warranty or if I did its expired. How did you get them to fix it at no cost? Or did you have warranty?
  24. paristechbabe macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2015
    I'd like to try macbook air 11" ends in DRHF
  25. cellcrazy macrumors newbie


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