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Laptop screen vs Easy Chair

by myersp64

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My Problem

LCD screen slipped under corner of easy chair. I leaned forward to exit chair and heard cracking sound. Not good! My prized Macbook now had a cracked screen. I took it to the Mac Store and the Mac Connection and the estimates were hundreds of dollars and lose the computer for 10 days to 2 weeks. The LCD screen was $149 from iFixit.

My Fix

After watching the video, the repair went very smoothly. The toughest part was re-attaching the screen power plug located behind the hinge. As luck would have it, my wife had bought me a manicure kit for Christmas that contained the perfect tool for inserting the plug. That little ear cleaner made the job a snap. There are only three plugs and about 20 screws, but if you have some mechanical ability and a little bit of patience the job is not bad at all. One must exercise extreme caution when working with the plugs and making sure not to pinch the camera wires when re-aligning the screen in the case.

My Advice

1. Be very careful where you lay your laptop.

2. When considering a self repair on your laptop, watch the videos available so that you know where you are going and what is involved.

3. I found out that neither Apple or the Mac Connection were cooperative in selling me the part. Both insisted in shipping the computer off and having them do the installation at a drastically increased price. Apple quoted $300 and Mac Connection was talking $750. ifixit is truly a bargain! The screen arrived in 2 days via USPS Priority, and I had it installed withing an hour. The computer is working like new again and I am a very happy camper! Thank you ifixit!