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laptop screen tear? not sure

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#1 scnelson0


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Posted 12 January 2010 - 07:14 PM

about two months ago i noticed two small hairline tears in the lower right hand corner of my laptop screen (dell latitude d360). within a few hours several horrific looking blotchy black lines grew up from the bottom border of the screen towards the middle. i assumed the worst and started planning for costly screen replacement or a new laptop. but the blotchy lines faded over the next couple of days and eventually disappeared altogether. they intermittently reappear, not always in the same spot--most recently in the upper right corner of the screen (these are more like circular blobs), and then they too disappear. i also discovered that if you gently press the spots they kind of break up a bit. they appear to form between two layers on the screen (is that possible?) and don't effect the images on the screen at all.
when they disappear altogether it's like nothing happened. though the original tear lines, of course are still visible in the lower right corner.

someone suggested it might be moisture getting in there. is that possible?

and is there any way to safely patch up the tears to prevent this from happening in the future?

or are these lines signs of more ominous things to come?

i'd appreciate any advice.

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 12:46 AM

hmmm interesting dilemna, never had that happen to me before. sounds like you somehow got moisture in there-is or was your laptop ever stored in a high moisture environment? (high humidity) and do you know how the hairline tears got there? I dont know, but it sounds to me like you need a new screen.



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#3 scnelson0

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 08:43 AM

thanks for your help. not sure how the tears got there, though the family cat is high on the list of suspects.

twice the lines showed up in a friends apartment, and its possible its more humid there but i'm not sure. after a few recent weeks of no lines at all, they returned the other day after the laptop had been sitting in a cold car for several hours (we're in the middle of a northeast cold spell).

if moisture (or whatever it is) is actually getting in through the tears, would there be any kind of transparent tape i could safely apply over the area to keep out the moisture and prevent further tearing? at least until i can find the time and money to deal with replacing the screen etc?

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 12:04 PM

I've seen that happen to a friend's flat screen TV
His wife hosed it down with Windex
It dripped down underneath the bezel. It acted like a wick and it had to be disassembled
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