If you haven't already done so, remove the notebook's battery.
Use the edge of a credit card or a fingernail
to start working the two halves of the plastic bezel apart. It's best to start
from the bottom where space has been opened up and work around the peripheral
of the screen assembly with the edge of a credit card in the parting
line, carefully popping the internal hidden plastic snap tabs free. These small tabs hold the screen
Don't insert the parting tool too far into the bezel, this can snap off bits of
plastic which hold the front and rear bezels together or break off other components which aren't
visible. Also, never leverage against the LCD screen glass or use a metal tool
to separate the two bezels; metal tools dent the soft plastic and leave marks.
In the photo above you can see the little snap tabs we
worked slowly and methodically to free from the rear half of the screen
bezel. The "bezel" is simply the industry
word for the narrow frame around the screen. You don't want to damage any plastic parts of
the notebook screen, take your time and don't force anything.
The cracked LCD screen panel we need to replace is attached to
an internal metal frame, which is in turn attached to the rear plastic bezel and
hinges with four screws. Go around the metal frame and remove the screws holding it to
the rear screen assembly. Mark each screw you remove with a small dot from a
Sharpie marker (see orange arrow above).
When it comes time to reassemble the screen, these dots will
remind you where to re-insert screws. This is particularly helpful when
holes are placed side-by-side, as in the photo above.