Laptop screen dying: DIY to prevent RIP?
February 9, 2009 9:00 AM Subscribe
My laptop screen appears to be dying. Is there anything I can do?
posted by googly to computers & internet (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a 3-year-old Dell Latitude X1 laptop that has taken a fair bit of abuse over the years. Recently, the screen has started having an intermittent problem: part of the screen will take on a much lighter shade, and it will look as if the resolution has been reduced - almost exactly like when Windows is run in Safe Mode. Here are some pix:
I can rectify this problem by slightly bending the screen from the side, or by changing the angle of the screen.
(1) What is the problem? I assume its hardware related, and (hopefully) some connecting wire that is being bent/broken. Or could it be the motherboard?
(2) Is this something that I might be able to fix on my own and for relatively cheap? The computer works great otherwise and I'd really love to hang on to it, but I'm not willing to pay $1000 for a replacement screen.
(3) Is there some way that I can diagnose and/or fix this? I am comfortable opening up electronics and doing basic repair work (e.g. replacing drives and fans and so forth) but hardly an expert.