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Firstly, power off, take the monitor off from its stand and face it up. Then, you have to take the front frame out by using very thin flat screw driver. Be careful! you might break the screen if you push too much force. Start from the bottom edge of the screen where you can see little rectangular cavities. A thin flat screw driver will fit it and try to pry it to separate the font frame from the back. Try to do this for all of the cavities gradually together. After that loose all screws from the back and it will be easily to pull off.

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Open the LCD cover

I had the same problem and it was quite difficult to open the case. So now I want to share my experience on how to open it and also publish some helpfull pictures (of course these also works for the 2007 screen):

1. I made a tool from the top of a aluminium can. It's quite thin and bendable but still strong enough (make sure there are no sharp edges).
2. You have to understand how the parts of case are joined together and hold by snaps. Here a piture of a snap. The front frame has bails(?) hitching on the snaps (see picture 3).
Move the tool between the bails and the snaps so they will let go. The first snap is always difficult. Start at the top or bottom, because the sides have a "double" wall (see picture 1 black and grey) and it is difficult to find the right way.
There are five snaps on each side. Always one in the middle, one on each corner and one between. Start with the middle one. Use a screwdriver to get a little gap between the two parts of the case. Push the tool inside til the snap will let go and the case opens a little. Continue with the next snap.
When the case is open be carefull there are same cables soldered to the front part.
If you have a problem with the power button. Usually there is a thin bolt missing like the other buttons have. I glued a very small screw into the button. One like used to fix the small circuit board. Make sure the length is appropriate.
Hope this helps anybody.


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