Cracked Screen. From.. nothing?

jsf8x

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I just came home this morning after a run and theres a large crack in the center of my macbook with 5 cracks stretching out to the edge of the screen. There was no thief storming through my house. Nothing happened but I open up a cracked macbook.. :(

Do you think there's anything Apple can do for me?
 

kolax

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Mar 20, 2007
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They'll fix it, but you'll have to pay for it.

Screens don't crack themselves - something must have hit it. You got any pets?
 

alphaod

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Feb 9, 2008
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Sounds like you had your computer in a bag or on a table and you put heavy stuff on top of the lid.
Things that like just don't "happen" by themselves.
 

HLdan

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Yep, that screen didn't crack on it's own for sure. Apple will not fix it without charging BIG for it. OP, if you don't know what's going on with your own stuff then maybe you shouldn't buy products like this.:cool:
 

jsf8x

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Nobody in the house except me. idk what happened.

How much would it cost to get the screen replaced.
 

velocityg4

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Though Apple will not repair it free you can get new replacement LCD's off eBay for reasonable prices. Then follow guides for replacements.

Its just a matter of removing a bunch of screws and the screen bezel. You will need some way of sorting them so they do not get disorganized. Labeling masking tape with the step number and placing the screws on the tape works.

You will need a small Torx set (T-6 to T-10) and a precision screwdriver set (Philips #0 and #1) all of which can be bought at Ace/Tru Value Hardware stores. You may also need suction cups or a putty knife. This varies on Macbook model.

It seems Macsales.com may also have reasonable screen prices. If you don't want to do it yourself most 3rd party repair places will be cheaper than Apple.
 

kny3twalker

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Oct 25, 2009
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Nobody in the house except me. idk what happened.

How much would it cost to get the screen replaced.
If the LCD is not damaged, you should try to replace the glass yourself before buying a new display from apple.

You will need a heat gun and a few simple tools. You can start by watching videos on youtube.
 

Constantine1337

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Dec 3, 2009
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If the LCD is not damaged, you should try to replace the glass yourself before buying a new display from apple.

You will need a heat gun and a few simple tools. You can start by watching videos on youtube.
If its a unibody aluminium macbook, you will not be able to replace glass of the panel, since the glass is burned in into the aluminium back.

I would try going to a genius bar. If your display does not show any cracks i.e. being hit by something you might get lucky and have them replace your display.
Remember when the iMacs came with cracked display a while back?
Like said... genius bar is free and you might get lucky :)
 

kny3twalker

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If its a unibody aluminium macbook, you will not be able to replace glass of the panel, since the glass is burned in into the aluminium back.

I would try going to a genius bar. If your display does not show any cracks i.e. being hit by something you might get lucky and have them replace your display.
Remember when the iMacs came with cracked display a while back?
Like said... genius bar is free and you might get lucky :)
Unless there is a difference between the MBP and Aluminum MB, I have seen videos showing how to remove the glass panel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4LLOhLH20E
 

jsf8x

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I've got the late 2008 MacBook (Aluminum).. What is the difference between the Glass and the LCD??
 

jsf8x

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Okay I think I've got the difference between the Glass and the LCD.. Kinda.. Although I'm not sure whether its just the glass thats cracked or both the LCD and the glass and at the repair site I'm at. There's a difference.

I think its just the glass. Nothing's wrong with the actual color and whatever show's up on the screen. There's just a crack across the screen so I'm assuming that's just the glass right?
 

DanMacApple

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Jul 1, 2010
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That is something that Apple would not fix, best bet would be as already suggested by others which is to purchase a LCD on ebay.
 

kny3twalker

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That is something that Apple would not fix, best bet would be as already suggested by others which is to purchase a LCD on ebay.
If there is nothing wrong with the actual LCD panel, all that would need to be replaced is the glass.

$50 glass panel
$25-$50 for heat gun
$5 3M Double-Sided Tape
a completely smooth credit card or license
 
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