How To Fix Your Bad Laptop Screen


Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

Before you decide to change or fix your bad laptop screen, you need to carefully inspect your laptop to ensure the screen really needs replacement. If by chance the graphics card on the motherboard is dead, for instance, you may be wasting your time and effort on replacing a perfectly good screen. Additionally, if the laptop has been recently dropped or otherwise possibly physically harmed, you’ll want to double-check for other damage as well.

So, in other to verify if the graphics card is functioning, you can plug a desktop monitor or TV into the laptop, as most have a standard blue VGA monitor and/or an HDMI output. If the image looks great on an outer screen, your graphics card is likely great and the screen is to blame. In the event that you don’t get any photos, remember a few PCs expect you to press certain capacity keys on the PC to initiate outer screen result. In the event that you do that video still doesn’t show, your designs card and additionally, the motherboard is likely broken, instead of your screen.

However, if you connect the laptop to an external monitor and it displays successfully, use it for a while to ensure other parts like the keyboard, trackpad, speakers and other laptop components are functioning normally.

Finally, before you fix your bad laptop screen, here are the general steps that follow. However, this steps is not meant for ultrabooks, two-in-ones, tablets, Macbooks, or other, more specialized notebooks. But for average laptops.

What to Do Before Replacement a Bad Laptop Screen

Due to that pivotal proviso, before purchasing another screen, it might be a smart thought to attempt to remove the bad screen first, to guarantee you can play out the substitution. If the process looks difficult for you, I’ll suggest you take it to a professional or look out for some tutorial videos on YouTube.

Where To Buy a Screen

Finding another screen is commonly simple—and you don’t need to pay the insane costs most manufactures normally needs. Simply search eBay, Amazon, or Google with your laptop model number and the words LCD screen. You’ll discover most customary screens can be had for a low cost. In the event that you aren’t discovering anything, try other ID numbers from the PC mark or documentation. A few sellers have a couple of various arrangements of ID numbers that could fill in as your model number.

Also, when shopping for the screen, most sellers will alert you to compare the specs and placement of the video cable on the back of their screen to your current screen. This is another reason to crack open the laptop bezel before ordering a replacement.

How to fix your bad laptop screen

Before you proceed, ensure you have the proper tools. Here’s what works for most laptops:

  • Table or other flat working areas: definitely, you’ll require a spot to sit (or stand, if that is your thing) with a level territory to deal with your laptop. This gives you the motivation to tidy up that untidy lounge area table or work area.
  • Small-head magnetic Phillips screwdriver: You’ll need a small and a medium sized screwdriver for this task. On the off chance that you don’t have a magnetic head screwdriver, try to discover a magnet large enough to polarize the driver’s head. This encourages the screws to adhere to the head, making it a lot simpler to expel and supplant the screws without reviling as they fall everywhere.
  • Safety pin or needle: This is normally used for removing the cover stickers that are hiding the screws on your laptop’s surrounding cover, called the bezel.
  • A small bowl or other containers: This will be used for stashing the small screws—and keeping them safe from curious cats and children as the case may be.

These Are The General Steps To Fix Your Bad laptop Screen:

  1. Always ensure the laptop is unplugged from the AC adapter. Remove the laptop battery as well.
  2. Next, look for the round cover stickers that are hiding the screws on the screen bezel, the case surrounding the screen. These stickers are usually on the bottom of the bezel, near the screen hinges, when you have the screen opened. You should find one on each side of the screen.

Fix Your Bad Laptop Screen

  1. Utilize a sharp, pointy object—like an opened security stick or needle—to help evacuate the spread stickers without harming them. Stick it between the edge of the spread and bezel, and after that pry the sticker away. When expelled, place the cover in a protected spot, with the sticky side up to assist guarantee there’s sufficient stickiness when you place them back on.
  2. Utilize your screwdriver to expel the now-uncovered screws. Keep in mind: righty-tighty, lefty-loosey. A few screws are anything but difficult to evacuate; others, not really. In any case, moving the screen into just the right position, as a rule, uncovered the screws enough for expulsion.
  3. Cautiously begin prying the screen bezel far from the rear of the screen case. Work a fingernail or other slender, prying article into the split around the outside of the screen. The bezel is typically verified to the back case with plastic snaps, so give it some power while prying—however not too brutish. You’ll hear the unsnapping of the clasp when prying.
  4. When you’ve unsnapped the screen bezel, it might possibly be anything but difficult to evacuate. If not, it’s probably stuck around the screen pivots. Moving the screen position up or down, with some delicate power if vital, and should free it completely.
  5. When the bezel is completely expelled, you’ll discover the LCD verified to a metal trim casing on the left and right sides. Remove the two screws (one on each side, on the top) holding the trim casing pieces to the back screen case. Presently, you ought to have the option to lift the LCD (with the trim casing pieces appended) somewhat far from the back screen case.
  6. On every one of the trim edges’ sides, remove any screws that are tying down it to the LCD. Most PCs have three screws on each side; in any case, some PC doesn’t have these screws—the LCD is really secured to the trim edge pieces by tape on each side.
Fix Your Bad Laptop Screen
  1. Next, you should now be able to set the LCD face-down onto the keyboard. But be careful not to exact pressure on the video cable attached to the back of the LCD.
  2. Detach the video link from the back of the LCD. Sometimes, the connector could be on the extremely base, but most PCs have the connector close to the inside. Assuming this is the case, remember that the bit of the link running down the screen is normally stuck on the back of the screen with some gentle cement. Just delicately pull the links from the screen. You typically should remove the tape that is tying down the video connector to the back of the screen too. When you come to the heart of the matter of really hauling the video link out of the screen connector, it ought to unplug with little power.
  3. When you’ve completely removed the bad screen, just spot the new one face-down as you did the former one. Reattach the video link to the connector and place the links and any tape simply like they were for the former one.
  4. Set the new screen up in the side trim edge pieces, at that point re-secure it like the former one was: typically three tightens each side of the trim edge pieces, and after that a screw over each to secure it to the back screen case.
  5. When you come to the heart of the matter of returning the bezel on, simply line it up and push/crush the bezel again into the snaps of the back screen case. Before supplanting the bezel screws, guarantee the bezel is completely snapped set up and no split exists around the edges of the screen case. Finally, utilize that securely stick or needle to reattach the sticky screw covers.
  • Hold down the ctrl and alt keys at the same time and then press the up arrow key while you are still holding down the ctrl + alt keys.
  • Click the Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator icon in the system tray.
  • Select Graphics Properties.
  • Click Display Settings.
  • Uncheck the box labeled Enable Rotation and then click Apply.
  • Click OK to confirm the change.


If all went well, you are now able to fix a bad laptop screen and you should be proud of yourself. Your laptop should be looking all good and new now. However, if after every attempt and you still didn’t succeed or you stuck at some point, I’ll suggest you seek help from a professional technician so you don’t damage your laptop further.