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LCD screen mostly dead

My friend went to pick up the remote control and instead grabbed the laptop and something popped/snapped, and now the screen is pretty much crap. Only the left side displays normally except for a few lines through it and everything else is just crap, only showing white or black. How would I go about opening it and finding whether it's just a broken lighting tube or if I need to completely replace the LCD? It looks like replacement lcd screens are about $300 and for that much, I'd rather buy another laptop. I can always use the HDD as an external and put the ram in another laptop I have. Any help on opening it would be appreciated. Thanks.

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  • Leon Cham Jul 27, 2007

    It's a Toshiba Satellite M35X-S109 that I bought 3 Thanksgiving 2004. I'm not exactly how he mistook it, but he grabbed one corner of the laptop and something broke on the inside of the LCD. Hooking it up to a monitor is fine, except that the laptop doesn't have the native resolution of my 22" Westinghouse. What kind of extended warranty are you talking about? Do you have a link I can take a look at?
    Thanks for everyone's help.



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Call Toshiba at 800-240-7100 to get your laptop fixed free under the extended warranty. Toshiba will tell you a repair location locally to take it too.

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Can you tell more about how this happened? (How do you mistake a remote for a laptop, or vise verse?) Where did your 'friend' grab the laptop? Also, can you hook up an external monitor to the laptop and tell us what that screen looks like? These things will help determine exactly what needs to be replaced. BTW, did you know your system has had a warranty extension till November due to a manufacturer's defect? Might just get in touch with Toshiba, tell them your system's having issues and see what happens. I've sent 4 of these models off to be repaired under the extended warranty. Good luck, let us know how the external monitor looks, ok?

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There are no lights to replace in an LCD. If the LCD is damaged in any way, it must be replaced. Sorry. Email me the model of your laptop. I may be able to find you a cheaper screen.

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