How to Repair a Cracked Screen in a Toshiba Satellite


Laptop screens are known to break easily. This is largely due to the fragile nature of their design. LCD screens are made up of liquid crystal matter that is pressed between two glass plates. If you happen to drop or mishandle your Toshiba Satellite laptop, your screen is likely to crack. When this happens, many laptop users opt to replace the entire computer. But you can replace the LCD screen for a fraction of the cost of a new Toshiba laptop.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • ESD wrist strap
  • Power down your Toshiba laptop. Disconnect all power cables and external devices from the laptop. Remove the battery pack from the compartment on the bottom of the laptop.

  • Open the LCD panel as far as possible. Use a small, flat head screwdriver to remove the rubber screw covers from the front of the display panel. Then remove the Phillips screws from the display panel's front bezel. The front bezel is the main plastic piece concealing and protecting the front side of the LCD screen. Remove the bezel.

  • Remove the Phillips screws from each side of the LCD screen. These screws fasten the screen to the metal framing inside the display assembly. Grasp the top edge of the screen and tilt it forward to reveal its back side.

  • Disconnect the large ribbon cable from the connector on the back of the screen. Carefully lift the entire screen out of the display panel. Dispose of the broken screen.

  • Place the new LCD screen inside the empty display panel. Connect the LCD ribbon cable to the connector on the back side of the new screen. Align the screw holes on each side of the new screen with the screw holes on the screen's metal frame. Replace the screen's retention screws on each side of the screen.

  • Replace the front bezel, its retaining Phillips screws and rubber screw covers. Replace the battery and reconnect all cables and devices to the laptop.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use an electrostatic discharge (ESD) strap as you dismantle the laptop. This will prevent serious electrical damage to your computer.

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