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I just broke my Dell's screen. something heavy for a lap top fell in, and the screen just went form the normal view to a lot of colored lines ( I don't know how to explain it well) . . . is it possible to replace this part of the lap top . . .and are all my documents safe? If I want to get out my document which is the best way?

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  • xhina Sep 06, 2010

    Thank you very much!!!

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    joecoolvette Dec 14, 2010

    Just to add for someone in the future, the Service Manual to help in replacing that broken LED screen. Click on Display,



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1) These Dell's usually come "stock" with newer Sata HD's, where your data is stored. As soon as they "free fall" the heads lock, which should save all your data from problems. The HD won't have been damaged, and it sounds like the only thing that is broken is the LCD- if there are lines all over or even on part of the screen, IT CAN NOT BE FIXED. Regardless of what you hear the LCD will need to be replaced- or use an external monitor. Essentially, the impact/drop/falling item on it broke the internal element OF the LCD itself. Good news it's an easy fix. You can do it yourself or bring it to a shop. Ebay sells common LCD's for this kind of laptop.
2) To get your data off, you'll need to remove the HD and have an external 2.5" SATA hard drive enclosure for it as well as a 2nd computer or access to one (to copy the data to). Turn the laptop upside down, and look for the HD (hard drive) cover -it might have a little icon that looks a bit like a 3d-soda can, very small, engraved into the cover or close to it. You'll need a small philips screwdriver. (If you need help finding it, go to dell's website and DL the manual for the 1420 and look up "replacing the hard drive). Once you have the cover open, lift on the tab there (I think it's black- lift straight up once you've unscrewed anything close to it). Once the HD is out, you can unscrew anything attached to it (and pull that little plastic-and metal comb thing off- that's the right-angle connector -don't loose it, they're really hard to find). Plug in the HD to your 2.5" external case, and plug it into your 2nd computer. Copy the files across from your documents and settings/user name, as well as anything else you might want (again, your HD is probably ok, and a new LCD will get you back in business).

To note: you probably WON'T need a whole new LID, just the SCREEN itself. You CAN take these apart easily, though you will need to remove the power-button cover. The steps to replace the LCD yourself should be a different post, but are quite simple, and there is only about... 15-17 screws and a few cables, and you'll only need a philips screwdriver, a small flat screwdriver and the new LCD. Any dell 14.1" wide-screen LCD will work by the way. I'd look on ebay.

good luck and post if you want to try replacing the LCD yourself.

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I don't exactly understand what you mean by"something heavy for a lap top fell in"...
Did the laptop fly to the floor? Or something heavy hit it, and if so, where? Was it open or closed?

If the screen was hit, and got broken, then the rest should be more or less fine. If however some other part experienced a shock/impact, and the screen pattern is just a symptom of an internal malfunction, then there's no guarantee that the hard disk with your files is fine.

Anyway, you will need to visit a service depot to establish what the damages are. LCD screen panel is replaceable by all means, and if you ask the serviceperson to retrieve data from your disk it is also possible.

Posted on Jul 04, 2010

Testimonial: "The lap top was opened, (in that moment was in the flour) and was ON, I was listening to something , and the small ironing board just fell from the place it was into the computer, and hit the screen, maybe the computer keyboard too (I'm not sure), I don't know if something else is damaged too, (i hope not). Thank you very much for your support!"


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