In this excerpt from Answercast #10, I look at laptop screens and whether or not they are interchangeable with each other. Then, I’ll point you in the right direction to get a laptop screen fixed.
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Can you change a laptop screen?
Probably not. And the reason I say that is because many of the components that are built into laptops are not generic.
One of the things that we can really appreciate in the desktop PC world is that so many components are interchangeable: add-in cards, motherboards, hard drives, video displays, I mean all of that kind stuff. One of the neat things that sets the desktop PC apart from other alternatives is the fact that so many of its components can be replaced.
Unfortunately, when you get down to laptops, many of the components are very device specific.
Now, certainly, there are a few that are generic. Typically, hard drives are great examples. They have standardized a size and connector and so forth for hard drives. Almost anything else in your laptop, though, is probably very specific to the manufacturer of that laptop.
Laptop screens are not generic
Dell, in particularly, because of its size, seems to have a number of components that are made specifically for them.
So, the short answer is: I think it’s highly unlikely that you would be able to replace any LCD screen from one laptop into a laptop of a different manufacturer.
Laptop screens are difficult to replace
In fact, laptops are so incredibly compact and highly manufactured that I would actually stay away from dealing with laptop screens entirely.
I would have you send that machine back to the manufacturer for repair if that turned out to be cost effective.