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The screen was cracked, so I had a phantom touch in the top corner. I disabled the touch screen for the time being, but had always planned to replace the screen entirely.
It went fairly well! The only thing that didn't work after I was done was the haptic feedback of the Windows symbol which I'm not too concerned about for the time being.
Definitely make sure you know exactly what you're getting yourself into. Look up at least 3 repair videos/tutorials of your repair before you take anything apart. Re-read required tool lists, and don't try and 'MacGyver' anything unless absolutely necessary. Buy quality tools, and you will go far.
My cousin decided to fall asleep with his surface rt in his bed watching a movie and it fell off the bed and hit the floor. I guess you could say his dreams were shattered. The digitizer was cracked and caused half the screen to not respond and the rest to glitch out. If this happens while your waiting to get your screen go into device manager and disable the touch controls and you can use it like a normal laptop till your screen comes.
Make sure you have a t4 and a t3. The repair itself is simple because the digitizer, lcd, glass, and bezel are all one piece. Best thing I recommend is since its all one piece you can just move one part over at a time with little effort. Its not a hard repair but it is a little time consuming to unscrew everything. Nice part is once the screws are out there are not alot of clips to worry about breaking.
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Dropped it and glass shattered and digitiser was a bit touchy afterwards.
With the display assembly making part of the main case it was an easy fix once you eventually get the case open.
The plastic cover over the camera has hard to pry off and required a bit of brute force, then one of the final screws is hidden under the tamper seal.
Separating the back cover requires a bit of force, I started at the top then worked down each side.
Instead of taking each component out separately I just removed all the screws which appeared to hold the boards onto the case then lifted out entire assembly and transferred to the new case.
All in all fairly easy, I have no experience in this and that hardest part was opening the case. Took close to am hour to pry open the tablet then another to transfer all components then close up.
Don't miss the screw under the tamper seal, took me a little to realise and i bent the case a fair bit.
Be careful taking of the back case, partly lift it then unplug ribbon cable attaching battery before completely removing.
Dont diconect all the boards, just undo all the main screws and the two ribbon cables on bottom. The cable in the middle has a small clamp holding it in so dont pull it straight out. Lift all the boards out and slide the USB connector into the left side of display assembly then slide in the audio jack on the other side. Reattach digitiser cable completely and evenly otherwise youll spend a lot of time reopening the case.
I forgot to connect one of the digitisers cables so half the screen doesnt work, cant bring myself to fix it. Too much trouble opening the case first time around.
I had a Surface RT with a broken digitizer.
Purchased a used digitizer lcd assembly (frame included) from ifixit. The part arrived quickly and in great condition. It took me about an hour to transfer all the parts to the new screen assembly and now it's working like new again.
Before ordering the new assembly I tried using a heat gun to remove the digitizer. It is a very time consuming and tedious process, I quickly determined that it was not worth the hassle. The used screen that I received was in excellent condition and a huge time saver.