I was offline for most of two days because the screen on my laptop finally gave up the ghost. I’m not surprised, I’d been noticing odd glitches and things for a couple of months and knew it was on the way out.
Luckily I’m fearless when it comes to tearing things apart. Been doing it since I was knee high to a grasshopper and it has served me well when it comes to computers. Of course the key difference, when I was knee high to a grasshopper I didn’t always know how to put them back together. Now I do.
Here’s the thing to keep in mind. About a year and a half ago the going price for a replacement LCD for a laptop was about $400. Three and a half months ago I fixed one for a client and the LCD was $189. The replacement for mine, $109.
The prices on smaller (14.1″ or so) LCD’s is dropping like a rock, so too the price of big LCD’s (42″ or more).
Some pix from the repair:
Computer without LCD:
The trick to good prices, get the part number off your broken device and do a google search on it. I got this one from a site called lcds4less. They’re based in Texas of all places, and so too is Dell. The mind boggles. Order shipped overnight as promised and was waiting on my doorstep when I got back home today around 3PM.
The prices run from about $109 at the minimum, $225 for the majority. But it’s still cheaper than getting it from the OEM.