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HP Touchpad Digitizer Repair

by michaelghickey

My Problem

The Touchpad was perched safely on the tabletop while I ate my breakfast. When I got up to place the dishes in the sink, my cat brushed up against the Touchpad sending it tumbling off the table and onto its face. The digitizer was a crazed mess, but the Touchpad still kept chugging.

My Fix

I ordered a replacement digitizer and followed the repair guide online, using a plastic spudger that came with the digitizer. It was useless. So I ordered the metal spudger set here and used it instead.

My Advice

The guide was clear but didn't alert me to how long it was going to take. It took me 2 hours to perform the repair - most of the time spent separating the digitizer from the LCD screen. I used methylated spirits sparingly to help dissolve the glue, but it was still a big job.