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Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen
Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen - PCSTATS
A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.
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Step Three: Buying a Replacement Notebook Screen

Next we turn our attention to Ebay. There are two ways to go about searching for a replacement screen:
1) search by the part numbers listed on the back of the damaged LCD screen
2) search by the notebook make and model number.

We chose to search by the notebook make and model number ("Lenovo T530") as there were more search results this route. Four different manufacturers make LCD panels for laptops ( Samsung, AU Optronics, LG and Sharp ), it doesn't matter which mfgr. makes the LCD panel, as long as the technical details match the broken screen.

Once we found a few candidates selling replacement LCD panels for a "Lenovo T530 " and similar model numbers, we used the information collected in the Four-point Technical Detail Checklist to ensure we purchased a compatible LCD panel.

Ebay Candidate #1 ( link) listing title: "New/Orig IBM Lenovo T530 W530 15.6 HD lcd screen 04W3341 0A66661 matte B156XTN02", being sold from mainland China. Cost: $88.88 + $35 shipping.
The LCD screen panel was 15.6" in size with a matt surface finish and resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The low resolution item photo indicated placement of the data cable was good, even though the circuit board was a different size and shape. The LCD panel for sale was made by AU Optronics, so these differences were not surprising as our broken screen is manufactured by Samsung. It was listed as having an LED backlight and according to the seller, suitable for a Lenovo model: T530 notebook. Everything looked good except for one tiny detail - this screen for sale had a 30-pin connector. A 30-pin cable connection is not compatible with the 40-pin cable used in our Lenovo T530 notebook. The "30-pins" may have been a typo in the listing, maybe not. The model number B156XTN02.1 was identical to the panel we ended up buying, however Candidate #1 had "Hardware:2A Firmware:1", while the unit we ended up purchasing from Ebay Candidate #3 had "Hardware:3A Firmware:1". Faced with uncertainty and a 30-day typical ship time from mainland China, we decided to skip this seller and keep looking.

Ebay Candidate #2 ( link ) listing title: "IBM-LENOVO THINKPAD T530 2429-2EU REPLACEMENT LAPTOP 15.6" LED LCD SCREEN" , being sold from California. Cost: $59.95 + $12 shipping.
The screen specs matched on all points - size: 15.6", resolution: 1366x768, connector pins: 40, notebook model: Lenovo T530. The low resolution photo matched up the placement of the connector but the screen surface finish was glossy. Technically this didn't matter and the LCD panel would have worked. We skipped this seller and kept looking because glossy laptop screens reflect lights in the background and that's not a distraction we wanted to deal with.

Ebay Candidate #3 (link) listing title: "New 15.6" WXGA Matte LCD LED Screen For IBM ThinkPad T530", being sold from Texas. Cost: $59.95 + $48.90 shipping.
This listing had no item photo of the actual product, but the seller did offer panels for our model notebook in each of the three resolutions it comes in, so we took that as good sign. In the listing the screen size matched: 15.6", the resolution was correct: 1366x768, screen finish was: matte and the backlight was correct: LED. We sent an email to inquire about the data cable and '40-pins' was confirmed. Shipping was expensive, but shipping from the United States always is. After checking the Feedback Rating of seller "laptopservicecenter", we committed to buy the LCD panel Friday afternoon. It arrived in a FedEx box Monday morning, safely wrapped in a couple layers of bubble wrap. Total spent, including tax and import tariff's: $127 CDN.

Step Four: Disassembling the Notebook Screen Assembly

Before you start disassembling the notebook screen, find a flat surface with good lighting to work at. Set aside a small box with some foam in it to hold the tiny screws as you remove them. It's a good idea to take a photo before moving or undoing any wires or cables -do this methodically so when it comes time to reassemble the screen you'll know the correct path wires must take.

Finally, assemble all the tools you'll need for the job and unpack the replacement screen, but leave it in the anti-static bag until the moment you're ready to install it.

The Lenovo T530 makes disassembling its screen panel assembly very easy. There are three small squares (stickers) which hide the screws holding the screen bezel together. Carefully remove the stickers with the tip of a knife or small screwdriver and set them aside against a bit of plastic so as not to wreck their adhesive backing.

These stickers will need to be replaced later on, don't loose them.

Undo all the screws holding the screen together and put them in the small box you've set aside for holding screws. Put all the screen screws into one pile; internal screws may be slightly longer or shorter so it's good to keep the screws from each step of the process separated.

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Contents of Article: Beginners Guides Beginners Guides
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen
 Pg 2.  Step Two: Answer the Four-point Technical Detail Checklist
 Pg 3.  — Step Three: Buying a Replacement Notebook Screen
 Pg 4.  Step Four: Disassembling the Notebook Pg 2
 Pg 5.  Step Four: Disassembling the Notebook Pg 3
 Pg 6.  Step Four: Disassembling the Notebook Pg 3
 Pg 7.  Step Four: Disassembling the Notebook Pg 4
 Pg 8.  Step Five: Installing the Replacement Screen
 Pg 9.  Step Five: Installing the Replacement Screen Pg 2
 Pg 10.  Step Five: Installing the Replacement Screen Pg 3
 Pg 11.  Step Five: Installing the Replacement Screen Pg 4
 Pg 12.  Other Reasons Why Laptop Screens Sometimes Go Dark

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