Macbook LCD screen repair project
The LCD screen from my macbook broke a while back, much to my regret Apple's warranty didn't cover it at the time and was going to charge $900 for it.
I was pretty set on making it useful again, so a few days ago I ordered a new LCD screen myself. It was quite an undertaking to replace it, because it was needed to take the entire thing apart, top to bottom.
It took me 4 hours, and 12 minutes including dinner and going to the neighbours to replace a screwdriver. Here's a 12 second version of it:
If you plan to try this yourself, know what you're getting into.. Make sure you have a steady hand and it helps if there's someone around to hold stuff together. Make sure you get good screwdrivers and be very careful with the cabling. I also found it handy to use tweezers.
I got the instructions from IFixit, which has some great guides.
After all that, I ended up with 1 screw I was unable to fit back in, a few damaged wifi antenna cables (still worked!) and I discovered a few places of broken plastic, which were likely from the first time it got damaged.
Thijs •Haha that's awesome, love the video and the part about the last screw, congrats.
Robert K •Laptops are horrible to repair - especially the screens. Never tried it on a mac book before though. Following your example I might just steer clear of them altogether lol. Gratz on getting it to work though!
cheryl •I always make a drawing of the screws and tape them onto a piece of paper. That makes it easy to put them back together.
Lauren Reagan •I never would attempt something such as this, honestly never thought anyone other than a professional would or could. Good info & good job!
Evert •I did the same cheryl, but that's a good suggestion. You'll end up with about a hundred screws so I made little sections on a paper (which I taped to the table).
I just numbered the sections with the step# from the instructions.
I actually did know where the very last screw had to go, but I 'screwed' up with some cables so I could literally not fit it in anymore :(
Andy Walpole •Congratulations I'm impressed!
I find it hard enough just to add memory on a Mac let alone change the screen...