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How do I swap screens in Gateway 9300 Solo computer?

I've got 2 of these, one runs but the screen only shows a pale white glow, and the other won't boot, but has a good screen.. I need to know how to swap them out without destroying the good screen.. help!

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    Araliss Jan 06, 2008

    Well, I found a site that had step by step instructions with pictures. I got the screens swapped out, and was ready to go.. then I got an "operating system not found" error. I went on to load XP on it, but XP told me it could find no HD installed. Well, I have several others.. don't know if any of them work, tried them all, no dice. On close inspection, in the socket connector in the HD caddy, one tiny piece of copper is missing on one side. I thought that the one on the other side should still make contact..but I don't know. Ihate to buy a new HD just to fine out that it is a bad caddy connector. :-(
    Anyway, I give up for tonight.

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Before opening the laptops try easy things like swapping the memory. Also remove all cards underneath the panels you can get to (wifi. modem, etc) The machine will boot with just RAM inside it. This includes swapping batteries wich can cause failure. If you tried swapping basic parts. Video card and screens are the next step.

Replace the video card and the screen in the machine that  runs:
First, you want to get the two apart, the screen can be removed by locating the covers inside the lid where the screen is. Usually rubber feet or disc shaped plastic that matches bezel texture. slowly remove screws, also the hinges must be removed. The covers for the hinges usually pop off or are held be a screw in the rear of the laptop. The ribbon cable follows all the way down to the motherboard through one of the hinges, there is a way to guid it out of the hinge area. If you get lucky the screen cable connects to a 
removable mini card which is your video card. The one with the 
white screen may have a bad video card.

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