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Replacing top back cover to Lcd

My daughter dropped her Vostro 1500 laptop and now the bezel and back top cover has to be replaced, the lcd screen and everything is good. How difficult is it to pull the lcd screen and all the other apparatus from the wrecked back cover and reattach?

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In front of the screen you should see little rubber contact pieces shoild be about 4- 6 remove these and underneath are the screws to remove housing.
Inside you will see how lcd screen is attached.
Remove lcd screen then replace what you need to. This is the same for most laptops and I would just google your model # tofind out exactly how to.

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Acer aspire laptop screen problem.looks like ink burst behind screen

Suggest you replace the LCD screen, pearlboslem. It is damaged.

If you post the Acer Aspire model number, I can find replacement LCD screens for your perusal, and should be able to find a Service Manual. (Free)
I will also guide you step by step the best I can.

This is on the Bottom of the laptop in a white Service Tag.

If you have never replaced an LCD screen in a laptop, the task may look daunting.
I assure you it isn't.

Generally the plastic strip that is above the Keyboard, and below the LCD screen, is removed.
Usually the Power On button, and LED indicator lights are in this plastic strip.
Different manufacturers have different names for this strip of plastic.
LED Cover, Power Button Cover, etc.

With a lot of Acer laptops the LCD screen can simply be accessed by removing the Display Bezel, and the plastic strip does not have to be removed.
(Some laptops do not have a plastic strip)

In the front of the LCD screen, and surrounding the LCD screen, is a thin plastic frame.
This is the Display Bezel.

Most display bezel's have rubber screw covers, going around the front of the bezel.
These are gently picked off with a computer pick, or suitable tool.
They have a type of rubber cement on them, and if careful, they can be reused.
(Stuck back into place)

The screws are just Philips head screws. Once removed the Bezel is slightly flexed, and popped off.

{The outside edges of the Bezel have tabs. Plastic protrusions formed out of the Bezel itself.
These tabs mate up with mating tabs in the Display Cover. The top cover of the laptop.

The tips of the fingers are put on an inside/middle edge of the Bezel, and used to gently ease this inside edge up a little. (Care is used so that fingernails do not touch/scratch the LCD screen)

With the inside/middle edge brought up enough to insert a second finger, the second finger slides down, and eases up on the inside edge again.

The tabs will start popping loose. The procedure is to keep moving along the inside edge with your finger tips, and keep popping the tabs loose. Once you are 1/2 way around, or so, the Bezel will pop free.

Some bezels do not have screws. The Bezel is flexed as above, so it is distorted, and the tabs pop free }

Once the Bezel is removed you are looking at the LCD screen, and how it is fastened to the Display Cover.

The LCD screen is an assembly. It is composed of layers. The layers are held in place by a screen frame. A thin metal frame that resembles a picture frame.

Usually on the left, and right side of the screen frame are metal brackets.
These are attached to the screen frame with two to four screws.
The screws are removed, and the LCD screen assembly is almost ready for removal.
There are cables (Wires) that have to be removed from the LCD screen, the Inverter at the bottom of the LCD screen, and maybe wireless antenna wires.

This gives you an idea on replacing an Acer LCD screen. Different models are shown.
Along with a pictorial guide, I may be able to find a Service Manual also,

At the end of every article for each laptop model, you will see in red -
Read the rest of the entry
Click on this for the full article on that model of laptop.

You can click on each photo shown to enlarge it.

Just to show you how relatively easy it is to replace an LCD screen, in an Acer laptop.

Post the Model Number, and I'll give you more exacting information.


Oct 10, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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My averatec laptop will only power on to a black screen but it still sounds like its booting

1) Laptop on use a flashlight, and shine it at the LCD screen. Shine at various angles.
Do you see faint images?

2) You can also plug in a VGA monitor to the back of the laptop, (Laptop OFF, monitor off), and toggle over.

(It can be a VGA monitor that looks like a small TV {CRT}, or an LCD flat screen that has a VGA cable attached)

Plug the VGA monitor's cable into the blue VGA port on the left side, of the Avertec 3200 Notebook PC.
(Example of VGA connectors,

Turn the VGA monitor on. Give it time to 'come to life'.
Turn the laptop on.

Are there graphics on the external monitor? If not press, and hold down on the Fn key, (Blue Fn next to the CTRL key), then tap the F2 key.

(The F2 key is the toggle over key for an external monitor. You can use the laptops LCD screen, or it's screen, and an external monitor)

Graphics show on the external monitor? Your graphics chip is good.

Problem is with the screen Inverter, or the Backlight.

An LCD screen cannot produce enough light by itself. It needs an additional light source.
A Backlight is the additional light source.

A Backlight is a CCFL.
Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp.
Similar to Fluorescent lighting used in homes, and businesses, but on a MUCH smaller scale.

A screen Inverter is used to convert the electricity from the laptop, for the LCD screen, and the Backlight.

90 percent of the time the fault is the screen Inverter.

The Display Assembly essentially is;

1) Top cover of the laptop. (Display Cover)
2) LCD screen
3) Display Bezel. (Thin plastic frame in front of the LCD screen, and surrounds the LCD screen)
4) Inverter
5) Backlight
6) LCD screen frame

With the Display Bezel removed, the screen Inverter should be at the bottom/front.

This is an example of a screen Inverter for an Averatec 3200 from a quick search,

I haven't worked on an Averatec 3200 Notebook PC before. I have worked on 100's of other laptops.
The sequence for removing the Display Bezel follows a pretty standard approach.

Looking at the Display Bezel I see four screw covers. (I'm looking at a PDF Users Guide)

One at the top Right corner, one at the top Left corner, one at the bottom Left corner, and one at the bottom Right corner.

These screw covers made of a rubber-like material. (Synthetic rubber) They are slightly rounded on the top. They have a type of rubber cement that holds them in place.

I use a computer pick to gently pry them off. If you carefully pry each screw cover off, and set them down sticky side up, (Screw side), you can usually reuse them again.

Screw covers (4) removed, use a Philips head screwdriver, and remove all 4 screws.

The Display Bezel will still be held in place. It has plastic tabs on the outside edges that snap into the Display Cover. (Top cover of laptop)

A fingertip is used on the INSIDE edge of the Display Bezel, next to the LCD screen.
(WATCH your fingernails against the LCD screen)

The fingertip raises the Middle/Inside edge of the Display Bezel, just slightly.
Now use another fingertip on the opposite side. Raise the Middle/Inside edge.

The Display bezel should start 'popping' out. (As the plastic tabs release they make a popping, or snapping sound)

To illustrate this technique further,

(One more, to show you where I believe the screen Inverter is for the Averatec 3200 Notebook PC, and what an average screen Inverter circuit board looks like,

When the Display Bezel is loose, you slide it to one side a little to ease it around, and off, of the cover latch.

The cable connectors going to the screen Inverter are shaped differently from each other, so that when you go to reinstall them, there is no chance of mixing them up.

With the tools you have available, I would replace the screen Inverter ($7 plus shipping), and see if this repairs the problem.

If not the problem is the Backlight. Most of the time you have to buy the LCD screen, as the Backlight is an integral part of it, and should be replaced by a professional.

[ An LCD screen is composed of layers. The layers are held together in the correct alignment by the LCD screen frame.
This alignment MUST be aligned as it was from the factory.

This gives you an example of replacing a Backlight,

Make a mistake here, and you can throw your LCD screen in the trash ]

For additional questions please post in a Comment.


Aug 21, 2011 | Averatec 3200 Notebook

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How to replace screen on gateway kav60 netbook

1) ALL power removed from the laptop. AC adapter and Battery.

2) The plastic frame that surrounds the LCD screen in the Front is the Bezel.

There are screws which hold the Bezel in place. (Philips head)
There are rubber covers which cover the screw heads.

3) There are plastic covers which cover the Hinges.

The Hinge Covers must be removed first, then the Bezel.

The Gateway KAV60 Netbook PC is one of the Gateway LT series.

I have no links to give you for this series of Gateway Netbook PC's.

However if you follow this pictorial guide, it will lead you in removing the Bezel, and replacing the LCD screen

As you can see scrolling down, and following the photos, and info, remove the Hinge Covers.
(I use a computer pick, perhaps you have a similar device handy)

Then the rubber screw covers are located around the front of the Bezel.
These are removed.

The Screw Covers have a type of contact cement on them. If you carefully remove the Screw Covers, you can reuse them.
Just ease up under one edge to start peeling them off.
If they are set down on a piece of paper, glue side up, the glue will stick again when you go to reinstall the Screw Cover.
(Yes, they do like to stick to the tool, and inevitably your fingertips)

Remove the screws with a Philips screwdriver.

The Bezel snaps into place. There are plastic protrusions (Tabs) that come out of the outside edge of the Bezel, and snap into place in the Display Cover.

Take your fingertips, and ease up on the Inside edge of the Bezel, towards the middle.
(The edge towards the middle of the LCD screen)

When you have the edge up a little, hold it up with the fingers of one hand, then with the other hand go towards the corner, about 2 inches from the corner, and ease the Bezel up.

This part of the Bezel should pop up. Then work along the Bezel with your fingers, and keep popping it up.
Use care as the Bezel can break, but if you are not in the middle pulling up hard, and towards the corner easing it up, it shouldn't break.

The Bezel is made of space-age plastic, and is Pretty Tough. You have to get stupid with it to break it.
When you are removing the Bezel for your first time, you may get a knot in your stomach, when the Bezel goes pop, pop, pop, as it's snapping loose from the Display Cover.
It almost sounds like you're breaking it.

Unplug the Inverter at the bottom of the LCD screen, from the motherboard cable, (Coming out of the main body of the laptop) by it's cable connector.
Unplug the other side of the Inverter that goes to the LCD screen.

Remove the Inverter, set it aside. Sometimes tape is used to fasten the Inverter, sometimes a screw, or screws.

Remove all screws for the metal brackets that hold the LCD screen assembly in place to the Display Cover.

{The LCD screen is an assembly. The LCD screen is composed of layers held together by a metal frame, that resembles a picture frame.

There is a Bracket on the Left side, and a Bracket on the Right side.
The brackets are screwed to the metal frame that surrounds the LCD layers.
The Brackets are also screwed to the Display Cover}

After the screws for the Brackets TO THE Display Cover are removed, unplug the cables at the top of the LCD screen that go to the webcam, IF the laptop has a webcam.

Ease the top of the LCD screen forward towards you.

Unfasten the tape that holds the Display Cable (Video cable) to the back of the LCD screen.
Use your fingernails, and unplug the Display Cable from the back of the LCD screen.

Unscrew the Brackets from the LCD screen.
Find THE screws that attach the Brackets to the LCD screen.

You may also be able to access the screws that hold the metal frame together, that surrounds the LCD screen layers.
You do not want these.

What isn't listed is if there is a Wireless Antenna. If so, there may be antenna leads coming out of the body of the laptop, and going to the LCD screen assembly.

The antenna leads have to be disconnected from the Wireless Card Module.
The laptop is turned over, and the Wireless Card compartment is accessed.
(It may be part of another compartment used by another device, also)

The cover is removed, and the two antenna leads are detached. Observe the colors of the wires. Black and White usually. Observe the connectors to which these wires attach, and make a note. Plug the wires back in the same way.

This is not your laptop, but I feel it may help explain the above,

Scroll the page down, observe Steps 8 and 11.

Have questions please state in a Comment.


Dec 06, 2010 | Gateway LT2021u Netbook

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Display needs replacing

Take off the round rubbers that are covering the screws. There should be 4 screws on top and 4 screws on the bottom. There might be stuff covering the screws, if so take the covers off.

Once you have all 8 of the screws exposed, unscrew all the screws from the lcd bezel. After you get all the screws off then you might need a flathead screwdriver to get the lcd bezel off, put it in a area of the screen and twist the screwdriver to get the bezel to unsnap, you may have to do this in a few areas. Then you should be able to get the bezel off.

Once you do this there will be two screws on the left bottom and two screws on the right bottom. Take off those screws and it will release the lcd back cover. Now at this point you'll be able to get to the screws that are holding the lcd in place on the left hand side and the right hand side. Take off those screws and the screen will become loose, take off the lcd cable from the back of the lcd and you'll now be able to completely remove the lcd.

Once you do that put the new lcd in and put the screws back on the left and right hand side of the lcd. Then connect the lcd cable to the lcd. At this point put the lcd back cover on and put back the 4 screws that are holding it in. Now put on the front lcd bezel and put all 8 of the screws back into it.

At this point turn on the laptop and you should get video.

Feb 06, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook

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Replace laptop screen

STEP 1.:-Turn off the laptop and remove the battery.There are no screws securing the screen bezel. Start separating the screen bezel from the display cover with your fingers.
STEP 2.:-Continue removing the screen bezel on the top.
STEP 3.:Remove bezel from the hinges.
STEP 4.The screen bezel has been removed.
STEP 5.:Remove six screws securing the LCD screen assembly.
STEP 6.:-Separate LCD screen assembly from the display cover.
STEP 7.:-Place the LCD screen assembly face down on the keyboard. Now you can access the back side of the screen and disconnect cables.
STEP 8.:-Disconnect the video cable connector from the LCD screen controller board.
STEP 9.:-Parts of the video cable could be glued to the screen. Unglue the cable.
STEP 10.:-Disconnect cable from the inverter board.
STEP 11.Remove the LCD screen assembly.If you are replacing the LCD screen you’ll have to transfer mounting brackets from the old screen to a new one.

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Dec 23, 2009 | Fujitsu Siemens AMILO Pro V2010 Notebook

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LCD screen is black, no lights at all. Before this, was having unstable screen brightness. Replaced LCD Inverter but problem still the same. So, I would like to try replacing the backlight lamp. The local...

The Backlight Lamp. I concur with your thoughts that it's the Backlight Lamp. Holding a flashlight at an angle, can you fantly make out images on your LCD screen?

Generally the Backlight lamp goes first. I've found it's best when replacing the Backlight Lamp, to go ahead, and replace the Inverter also. And vice-versa.

To get at the Inverter, the outside Bezel in the front of the LCD screen, is removed. The Inverter Board is right there at the bottom. 2 to 3 wires, couple of screws to remove, and replace, and you're good to go.

Not so with the Backlight Lamp.

Laptop/notebook manufacturers use different terms when describing these parts, but generally it is,

A.Top Cover. When the laptop is closed, you are looking at the Top Cover.

B.Bezel. The thin plastic frame that goes around the LCD screen, in the front. Usually two to three screws on top, and bottom, with 1 to 2 screws on each side.

There is a rubber cover over the head of the screws, and is held on by a rubber cement like compound.
After the rubber covers are removed, and the screws, the Bezel is removed by inserting a plastic letter opener along the parting line, and worked up, and off.

(Pop-pop-pop, as the plastic formed clips made into the Bezel frame, release from the Top Cover)

C.LCD screen.
The LCD screen has a thin metal frame around it. The LCD screen is held in by thin metal brackets. One on each side.

The brackets screw to the sides of the LCD screen, then the brackets have screws that hold them to the Top Cover.

The LCD screen is removed after un-connecting the power cable, and Inverter cable. The bracket screws are then removed, then the brackets themselves.

Finally you are at the point to access the Backlight Lamp.

Acer Aspire 5630 Service Manual.

(PDF file download. Suggest letting it download all the way before looking through it, or you may break the download connection.

To save a copy to your computer;
After it has Fully downloaded, go up to the top header, and click on the Floppy Disk icon. Second icon from the left. If you hover your mouse cursor over it, it will briefly reveal,
'Click to save this file to your computer or another location'.

In the - Save a copy... window, write down the file name. Then go to the bottom right, and click on save.

If you do Not have your downloads set to go to your My Documents folder, (Documents for Vista), this file will go to your desktop screen.

When you see the file name, double-click on it to open the file.

Disassembling the laptop starts on Page 65. (Machine Disassembly and Replacement)

Removing the LCD screen is on Page 77. There is no guide on replacing the Backlight Lamp.
It is not an FRU. (Field Replacement Unit)

The tech better be back at the shop, and have mucho experience at this!
Reasoning is, that if one Tiny mistake is made, you'll ruin the LCD screen!

Should you wish to proceed this may help,

Dec 06, 2009 | Acer Aspire 5630 Notebook

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Suggest a lcd replacement for dell vostro 1500

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Need to install a dell vostro 1500 LCD inverter

Are you good with a screwdriver? Here's a step by step procedure for replacing the LCD screen on a Dell 1500.
Is fairly easy, but be extremely careful of the ribbon cables, they break very easily!
Good Luck!

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Replacing LCD screen Compaq Presario F730US

After removing to screws on the bezel, you need to slip a thin blade or spatular between the bezel and the LCD screen to gentle lever the bezel off, it is fixed with plastic clips and may even be fixed with glue.

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Need instructions to replace the bezel on a gateway 7330gz

Just like any other laptop LCD screen, edtechservic. Remove the rubber caps that cover the Philips head screws, remove the screws, and work around the bezel to pop it loose, a little at a time.

Top cover up, you are looking at the LCD screen. Look at the top Left and Right corners of the screen bezel. Look in-between. Now look along the bottom of the screen bezel. See those small rubber caps? G-E-N-T-L-Y pry them loose with a 60 or 90 degree pick. (In your computer repair kit)
Use care, and finesse! You don't want to scratch the clients laptop!
Now loosen, and remove the screws underneath.

Use a Jewelers flat tip screwdriver, (No.2), and ease it in the parting line, that you will see between the bezel, and top cover. Don't go more than a 1/4 inch in! You could be up against the LCD screen metal frame, if you go too far in. (Which could break the LCD screen)

Won't ease in there? Move over an inch or so. You could be hitting the plastic part of the bezel, that snaps down into the Top Cover.
There are several of these plastic protrusions, that stick down from the bezel, and snap into place in the Top Cover. Every few inches or so.

After you start easing one of these plastic snaps out, (Plastic protrusion I spoke of above), move along the edge, pick another place, and start easing it up. Keep bringing the edge up a little at a time. (Bring the back of the flat tip jewelers screwdriver down)
When you have gone along, and raised a large portion of the bezel, you should hear a distinct Click, as one of the plastic snaps come out of the Top Cover.
If not, move back to the first plastic snap that started to come out, and place your flat tip Jewelers screwdriver next to it. Bring the back of the screwdriver down to pop that plastic snap up, and out.

Hearing it your first time might make you a little stomach sick. You'll think you broke something! If you go along, and raise the bezel up a little at a time, you'll be okay. The bezel is made of space age plastic, and is VERY tough! You can't get crazy with it though!

When you have gone almost all the way around the bezel, the last few inches may just pop up, and out.
This link shows you with photos, and information, for a Gateway MT6704 Notebook PC,

This guide is to completely replace the LCD screen. You can just use the information under the first five photos, for bezel replacement.

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