Replacing LCD

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I'm looking for tips on replacing LCDs. I got a used Compaq Presario
laptop with no screen and seperately I got a used Compaq Presario 1200
screen. Physically, the two match, although I'm not certain of the
model of the computer -- it says 1456VQLIN on the back, but from
googling that it seems to correspond to a number of different Presario
models.

I assembled everything ok, the cables and hinges match up, but when I
power it on I just get a backlight with no image. Using an external
monitor everything looks fine.

Any clues on how I determine if this is a bad LCD, wrong model LCD, or
something wrong with the computer? Or maybe something I'm doing wrong?

Thanks,

- Mark
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    mviesel wrote:
    > I'm looking for tips on replacing LCDs. I got a used Compaq Presario
    > laptop with no screen and seperately I got a used Compaq Presario 1200
    > screen. Physically, the two match, although I'm not certain of the
    > model of the computer -- it says 1456VQLIN on the back, but from
    > googling that it seems to correspond to a number of different Presario
    > models.
    >
    > I assembled everything ok, the cables and hinges match up, but when I
    > power it on I just get a backlight with no image. Using an external
    > monitor everything looks fine.
    >
    > Any clues on how I determine if this is a bad LCD, wrong model LCD, or
    > something wrong with the computer? Or maybe something I'm doing wrong?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > - Mark
    >

    I'm a little confused. You talk about the LCD screen, but also hinges
    which means the whole top section...but the number looks like an LCD number.

    I just went thru this with two laptops. There are different interfaces.
    There are different plugs on the same interface. There are different
    cable lengths,pinouts even when the plugs are the same. I determined
    that there's almost no chance of replacing the screen with anything but
    the exact model screen. There are cases where the exact model screen is
    used on different computer makes/models. There are different screen
    technologies/sizes used on the same base model. Sometimes there
    are switches or jumpers to tell the motherboard which.

    Even in cases where you could swizzle things to make it work, the info
    required is unobtainable. People who know what to do
    want to charge you for doing it. There's no profit in them telling you
    how. Vendor's won't even discuss the specs/pinout of a custom display.
    I spent probably a hundred hours googling over the last six months.

    I found my best source of info was ebay. Search for a screen or LCD
    for the
    laptop. Eventually, someone will post the screen part number or a
    sufficiently detailed picture in their
    auction. Then you'll know if it's what you have. If you're missing
    the whole top section, you also have the problem of cables.

    If you have to buy a screen off ebay, be VERY PATIENT. In my case,
    new screens were $345. Typical used ones were going for $150-$250.
    Probably bid on a fifty of them till it got one for $10.50 plus
    $20 additional dealer profit (aka shipping in ebayspeak).

    Patience has it's rewards.
    mike

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    I got curious here. Is it possible that you did not connect the
    data/display cable between the LCD assembly and the motherboard? Since
    you got backlighting, I assume that you have the inverter working fine,
    and therefore the problem is not getting "data/display" from the
    motherboard.
    Perhaps the display you bought/got did not have the ribbon cable with
    it?


    > > I assembled everything ok, the cables and hinges match up, but when I
    > > power it on I just get a backlight with no image. Using an external
    > > monitor everything looks fine.
    > >
    > > Any clues on how I determine if this is a bad LCD, wrong model LCD, or
    > > something wrong with the computer? Or maybe something I'm doing wrong?
    > >
    > > Thanks,
    > >
    > > - Mark
    > >
  3. Archived from groups: comp.sys.laptops (More info?)

    Just to clarify, the computer was just the bottom half, no "lid"
    attached. I got the LCD with the whole lid assembly, including bezel,
    hinges and cables. The way these computers are labeled, the model name
    only appears on the screen bezel, which makes it hard to figure out the
    model name of the computer section. The bottom of the computer shows
    the 1456VQLIN label, which correlates to a number of different Presario
    models, including the 1200, which is the model name on the screen
    bezel.

    >From other things I've read, it sounds like I'd have to take the screen
    assembly apart to locate the LCD part #, but I still haven't found a
    reference that would let me correlate that with compatible computer
    models.

    It's all pretty low budget, $46 for the bottom half & $51 for the
    screen. Wouldv'e been quite a deal if it actually worked, but I guess
    as a cheap desktop setup it's not bad either.

    - Mark
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    Yeah, I guess I should have checked into this before I bought. It's so
    simple to swap external monitors, I had no idea that this would be so
    much more complicated...

    - Mark
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    mike wrote:
    > mviesel wrote:
    >
    >> I'm looking for tips on replacing LCDs. I got a used Compaq Presario
    >> laptop with no screen and seperately I got a used Compaq Presario 1200
    >> screen. Physically, the two match, although I'm not certain of the
    >> model of the computer -- it says 1456VQLIN on the back, but from
    >> googling that it seems to correspond to a number of different Presario
    >> models.
    >>
    >> I assembled everything ok, the cables and hinges match up, but when I
    >> power it on I just get a backlight with no image. Using an external
    >> monitor everything looks fine.
    >>
    >> Any clues on how I determine if this is a bad LCD, wrong model LCD, or
    >> something wrong with the computer? Or maybe something I'm doing wrong?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >>
    >> - Mark
    >>
    >
    > I'm a little confused. You talk about the LCD screen, but also hinges
    > which means the whole top section...but the number looks like an LCD
    > number.
    >
    > I just went thru this with two laptops. There are different interfaces.
    > There are different plugs on the same interface. There are different
    > cable lengths,pinouts even when the plugs are the same. I determined
    > that there's almost no chance of replacing the screen with anything but
    > the exact model screen. There are cases where the exact model screen is
    > used on different computer makes/models. There are different screen
    > technologies/sizes used on the same base model. Sometimes there
    > are switches or jumpers to tell the motherboard which.
    >
    > Even in cases where you could swizzle things to make it work, the info
    > required is unobtainable. People who know what to do
    > want to charge you for doing it. There's no profit in them telling you
    > how. Vendor's won't even discuss the specs/pinout of a custom display.
    > I spent probably a hundred hours googling over the last six months.
    >
    > I found my best source of info was ebay. Search for a screen or LCD
    > for the
    > laptop. Eventually, someone will post the screen part number or a
    > sufficiently detailed picture in their
    > auction. Then you'll know if it's what you have. If you're missing
    > the whole top section, you also have the problem of cables.
    >
    > If you have to buy a screen off ebay, be VERY PATIENT. In my case,
    > new screens were $345. Typical used ones were going for $150-$250.
    > Probably bid on a fifty of them till it got one for $10.50 plus
    > $20 additional dealer profit (aka shipping in ebayspeak).
    >
    > Patience has it's rewards.
    > mike
    >

    Does this give you any clues?
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=44907&item=6775592111&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW
    mike

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    FS 500MHz Tek DSOscilloscope TDS540 Make Offer
    Wanted 12" LCD for Compaq Armada 7770MT.
    Bunch of stuff For Sale and Wanted at the link below.
    MAKE THE OBVIOUS CHANGES TO THE LINK
    ht<removethis>tp://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Monitor/4710/
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    I do have the complete display assembly, with both cables. I had to
    remove the keyboard to attach the cables to the motherboard.
    Everything fits precisely and securely. One thing I'm a little
    uncertain about is where the ribbon cable attaches to the motherboard,
    while it fits perfectly, it looks to me like the ribbon cable contacts
    are on the wrong side. It's hard to see, but it looks like the socket
    may only have contacts on one side, but not the side that mates to the
    ribbon cable contacts. Everything fits so precisely, it seems odd that
    the cable would be reversed.

    - Mark
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    This is very difficult from the situation that you are in. Some models
    of computer were built by the mfgr. with different LCD panels,
    NON-INTERCHANGEABLE, even though the computer model is the same (exactly
    the same), and switching may require any combination of different
    hardware (lids, hinges, brackets), cables (video card to LCD), firmware
    (video BIOS), video board (which might be on the motherboard) and
    configuration (jumper) settings. What you are doing can be extremely
    difficult, even impossible, without one critical piece of information
    that is probably lost forever: what LCD panel (such as "1456VQLIN")
    THAT PARTICULAR computer originally had installed.

    And, of course, your LCD panel or motherboard or video card or cable
    (LCD to video card or motherboard) could also be defective.

    This works best if you are starting with at least one complete and
    working computer that you can at least test components on.


    mviesel wrote:

    > I'm looking for tips on replacing LCDs. I got a used Compaq Presario
    > laptop with no screen and seperately I got a used Compaq Presario 1200
    > screen. Physically, the two match, although I'm not certain of the
    > model of the computer -- it says 1456VQLIN on the back, but from
    > googling that it seems to correspond to a number of different Presario
    > models.
    >
    > I assembled everything ok, the cables and hinges match up, but when I
    > power it on I just get a backlight with no image. Using an external
    > monitor everything looks fine.
    >
    > Any clues on how I determine if this is a bad LCD, wrong model LCD, or
    > something wrong with the computer? Or maybe something I'm doing wrong?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > - Mark
    >
  8. Archived from groups: comp.sys.laptops (More info?)

    mviesel wrote:
    > Yeah, I guess I should have checked into this before I bought. It's
    > so simple to swap external monitors, I had no idea that this would be
    > so much more complicated...
    >
    > - Mark

    You need to go to Compaq's site and get the model #'s for the LCD which fits
    your unit. See if the #'s match what you have. If not, see if you can find
    out what the LCD you have is supposed to fit. Look up that model and try to
    decypher the pinout to see if it's the same.

    Yeah, it's a lot of work....

    jak
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    > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISA PI.dll?ViewItem&category=44907 &item=677...

    It looks exactly like that, except on the back mine only has one fan
    and also has a scsi port. I've looked at a number of other Presario
    models, and they all look pretty much the same. Of the ones that show
    a picture of the fans & ports, I haven't seen any that match mine.

    - Mark
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    Thanks for the suggestion. I surfed the Compaq site for awhile, but
    couldn't turn up anything.

    - Mark
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