Fixing a Broken MacBook LCD Screen On Your Own

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by madcandylee, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. madcandylee macrumors newbie

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    Hi all!
    My sister is going to replace my MacBook screen (she is a computer engineer and has done it several times for a PC notebook, so I quite trust her), but I am trying to learn more about the process myself. I have found three pretty good looking tutorials online, but two: Ifixit and Etech seem to have many many more steps and seem to open up the whole MacBook body, while ScreenTekinc seems to only deal with the LCD housing. What is the difference? why do all the extra steps if it is not necessary? Or is it necessary? I've read many threads here describing people's experience with Ifixit (all seem to be positive), but has anyone followed the ScreenTekinc guide before or the Etech?
    Finally, I am 90% sure I'll buy the screen from ETech (I like their return/warranty policies) but I am wondering if anyone has a better suggestion?
    Thanks so much!!!

    IFIXIT Guide:
    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac/MacBook-Core-2-Duo/Display/116/27/Page-1

    ETech Guide
    http://www.etechparts.com/Articles.asp?ID=205

    ScreenTekinc
    http://www.screentekinc.com/lcd-removal-instructions_en,macbook.shtml
     
  2. CalMin macrumors 6502a

    CalMin

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    Follow the instructions that make most sense to you. If it feels like you are out of your depth, just let your sister do it. Laptops are notoriously difficult to service and you don't want to futz up your MacBook.
     
  3. logana macrumors 65816

    logana

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    I would use the iFixit instructions - it is easier to remove the whole top-lid with the lcd in it than to do it any other way. Should take about 2 hours to do the replacement.

    I don't know anyone who has ever managed to do it the quick way (by removing and replacing the hinge/inverter cover) - the screentekinc way....

    The etechparts way seems odd - why dismantle the screen and then take off the topcase ?
     
  4. divisionbyzero macrumors newbie

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    ScreenCountry

    I would personally suggest ScreenCountry, here is their website: http://www.screencountry.com
    I rarely leave comments and reviews, but they are so wonderful I had to. I ordered a new display for my laptop last weekend.The website was so easy to use and full of great information. It arrived yesterday!!2 days?!? it was unbelievable!! I installed it today-followed the instructions on the website. It took less than an hour. Now it's like having a new laptop. And their prices are the best around. You won't regret! Good Luck!
     
  5. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

    blackhand1001

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    I am not 100% sure but you may be actually able to replace it with a same resolution screen of better quality. You also need to change the invertor, but you can get a much better screen in their I bet if you really had to. I know that their are people who have used a different screen than they orignally had on other laptops as long as they have the right cable and invertor.
     

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