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How hard is it to replace the inverter on a Dell 1520 laptop?

My stupid laptop is just 15 months old - and what d'ya know - it's out of warranty! (heavy sarcasm here). When will I learn? I've bought so many Dell products only to have them significantly go on the fritz just after the warranty expires....

Annnnyway, I took my laptop into repair as the screen would flash full color then disappear. I was thinking it turned off, but after researching on the internet I believed it was a bad inverter, as I could see the screen writing in bright light.

The repair guys want to replace the inverter and the LCD lamp for over $200; but the bulb (or whatever it is) works just fine - only intermittently. The inverter part is relatively cheap to buy, but I was wondering how hard it is to replace? Where can I find instructions? Thanks in advance.

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Changing an inverter is not hard at all. You will need to remove the front of rhte display plactics. Open the laptop like you are going to turn it on and use it. Arounf the screen in each corner there are small screws usually under rubber bumpers. Remove the screws and the 2 halves of the display should be able to seperate, it may take a little trying to get it going. Now at the bottom of the lcd screen is where the inverter is. On most machines the inverter is held in with a screw or two and also metal or plastic tape. You will need to cut the tape and unscrew the screw. The inverter will have two sets of wire attached. One set going to the display and one set going to the motherboard. Unglug both wire groups. Attach plugs to new inverter and screw back in place. reassemble the plastics and replace screws and bumpers. Power on your laptop and you should have a picture. I will post some pictures of the procedure on my web site at:

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Posted on Jun 26, 2009

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I dont think that you can replace it on your own. Yeah, I noe dell product are really annoying. Since a long time ago and till this day those dells are one heck of a peice of garbage, (no affence to all the owners).
But sometime they're pretty good. I think that you should give it to the guys to fix cuz it is really hard to fix. believe me I tried.

Good Luck!! \-/

Posted on Jun 26, 2009


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