screen broken- how to get a cheap replacement?
I have a macbook pro here with broken LCD. The apple repair shop was going to charge me 700 dollars to do the repair.
I'm confident I can install the screen myself, I'm just not sure if I should get just the panel, and if I should also get the cable from the computer to the panel, or if I should just get apple part number 661-4342 like they recommend, which is the full assembly that can be ordered from Apple.
If you want to troubleshoot the cable and screen separately, get a spare/new cable first (given the cheaper price I suppose) and you should be able to pinpoint the problem from there.
If you end up needing to buy a new screen instead, you can always resell the cable.
Maybe obvious, but my 2 cents nonetheless ;)
Info for UK users ...
I recently needed a new screen for my MBP. I had the nvidia graphics card problem last year which Apple replaced for me free of charge, but this time the screen had gone completely and it needed a new panel. Apple quoted me £370 for the replacement.
I did not want to undertake the replacement myself but I found a company in the UK who will do it for you. I can heartily recommend David at Mactuition near Bath:
He replaced the screen for me for £199 plus £15 postage. I think his price has now increased to £229 plus postage though. I sent the MBP to him by post on Friday and it was back with me on Wednesday.
Having just upgraded the RAM and hard disk myself using the instructions provided here on ifixit, I might be tempted to do the replacement myself in future, but at the time I was nervous about doing what seemed such a large job. Plus the professional service from David was little more expensive than sourcing a new panel myself.