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November 7, 2012 8:42:51 PM

Hey guys,
I recently cracked the screen on my ASUS-N55SL laptop, and I've ordered a replacement part that's due tomorrow.
The only problem is I'm not too confident on how to open up the screen's bezel and actually swap out the screen.

I have the option of taking it to a repair shop, but being a student I'm looking to save as much money as I can, and by doing it myself I'll learn something new!
Of course, the danger is I could seriously f-up my laptop, which is why I'm hoping you guys will help me to avoid that :D 

I've a decent amount of exp. when it comes to dealing with hardware - worked in a computer sales/repairs shop for a short time, built a few desktop PCs - but I'm less familiar with laptops and don't want to take any chances.

The model no. is N55SL-S1188V if that helps.

Pictures:

I'm fairly certain I'll need to remove these two screws on the upper-left and upper-right (near the hinges) of the laptop:


Bottom of chassis:
http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/2228/img20121107220342...

Hinge:
http://imageshack.us/a/img94/1317/img20121107220558.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img823/2094/img20121107222615.jp...
http://imageshack.us/a/img841/5661/img20121107222502.jp...

For those of you curious about the damage:
http://imageshack.us/a/img832/5731/img20121107220838.jp...

Anybody got any helpful information they could share, or even better, a link to removing the screen for this particular laptop?

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a b D Laptop
November 8, 2012 3:30:45 AM

If your warranty hasn't expired, they'll do it for you, which is normally the best thing, because if you try fixing it and screw up and THEN take it to them, warranty won't cover it anymore, because they'll say you tampered with it...
The best thing to do is take it to them to fix. I've tried opening up and fixing my laptop on my own, and it's really not worked out... Just passing on the experience :) 
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a b D Laptop
November 8, 2012 3:47:25 AM


Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

I fix PCs for a living and put off replacing laptop screens for as long as i could but now I do them in under half an hour. Step one is to download the pdf version of the manufacturer's manual, which you find in a Google search. Don't attempt the job without it.

Then you need a needle or pin to take off any rubber covers on the front of the bezel. They aren't just to soften the closing action - they hide the screws that hold it all in place. A small Pozidrive screwdriver will be needed and a credit card is the softest and best tool to squeeze in between the bezel and the lid casing and ease it apart. Other screws hold the actual screen in place and very few models require the hinges to come off.

When you receive your new screen, you may see "Do not touch" in large red letters on the back at the top of it. It's a splendid place to write that because laptop users will never see it but it's right where the circuitry is and also where lots of folk squeeze hard with index fingers while thumbs lift the whole machine from the front. That may tell you how you damaged your screen.

Be very careful with the connection - a small usually black plastic bar needs to be slid forwards to release the old cable and slid back when the new one is offered up.

If this looks complicated its because any written instruction does but the job may not necessarily be so. Study the instructions carefully even though there may be a dozen pages on what to remove first, including the battery, hard disk and things you don't think are necessary. I take risks there and haven't messed up yet.

You can do this job yourself! Then you might start doing it for others and make yourself a few quid/dollars, yen - whatever!

November 9, 2012 11:56:32 PM

Saga Lout said:

Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

I fix PCs for a living and put off replacing laptop screens for as long as i could but now I do them in under half an hour. Step one is to download the pdf version of the manufacturer's manual, which you find in a Google search. Don't attempt the job without it.

Then you need a needle or pin to take off any rubber covers on the front of the bezel. They aren't just to soften the closing action - they hide the screws that hold it all in place. A small Pozidrive screwdriver will be needed and a credit card is the softest and best tool to squeeze in between the bezel and the lid casing and ease it apart. Other screws hold the actual screen in place and very few models require the hinges to come off.

When you receive your new screen, you may see "Do not touch" in large red letters on the back at the top of it. It's a splendid place to write that because laptop users will never see it but it's right where the circuitry is and also where lots of folk squeeze hard with index fingers while thumbs lift the whole machine from the front. That may tell you how you damaged your screen.

Be very careful with the connection - a small usually black plastic bar needs to be slid forwards to release the old cable and slid back when the new one is offered up.

If this looks complicated its because any written instruction does but the job may not necessarily be so. Study the instructions carefully even though there may be a dozen pages on what to remove first, including the battery, hard disk and things you don't think are necessary. I take risks there and haven't messed up yet.

You can do this job yourself! Then you might start doing it for others and make yourself a few quid/dollars, yen - whatever!


Thanks for the response!
Any ideas as to where I could get that manual from? I've been searching for a while now and all I can find is the standard one which came with the laptop, and it isn't very helpful as it mentions nothing useful about the screen with regards to accessing/replacing it.
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