Somehow I managed to crack the LCD of my laptop. This issue would normally not be a problem - I could just order another LCD (from Alienware M15X replacement Laptop LCD Screen from $63.99 Brand-new screens (never used). ), but in trying to find out what make my LCD was, it seems I carelessly damaged the hinge cover. I did not think that there was a ribbon connecting it to the motherboard, and as such I tried to connect it in a hole on the LCD initially (lol), only to find out that it goes to the circuit board of the hinge cover.
If I had not damaged my hinge cover, I would be typing using an external display. Now my computer wont even turn on. The circuit board of the hinge cover is slightly damaged on the small little silver looking things that the ribbon connects to on its circuit board. This damage is primarily due to me getting a screwdriver while the ribbon was in place, and pressing down with a lot of pressure trying to make sure that everything would connect well. Before hand I had moved a few of the prongs and my computer started working again, but I had messed up there and now I feel immensely stupid. The ribbon itself looks fine, except for the last few prongs which are elongated, and one contains some copper-looking residue from the motherboard itself, but only a small amount. I assume that this should not be a problem, for I could just make sure that the ribbon's prongs are parallel to each other.
I have ordered a new hinge cover in hopes of getting my computer working. If my laptop still does not work, I will have to find a replacement ribbon. Where may I find such a thing? I have not found it via google as of yet. Also, if my new hinge cover does fix my laptop, I shall proceed to buy a new LCD screen from the website mentioned above. By the way, does anybody have experience with them?
I am not certain whether there is a possibility I short circuited my computer. I was messing with the panel and the ribbon while the computer was on with a screwdriver. As I pressed down on the ribbons prongs which where connected to the circuit board on the panel, the computer shut off right there as I applied pressure.
My broken LCD (I had left my mousepad on top of my keyboard and pressed down a little too hard) - http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/3853/0803022116.jpg
The hinge cover - http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/7599/83044464.jpg
The backside of the hinge cover - http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/5500/39633330.jpg
The ribbon and the location at which it connects to the hinge cover's circuit board - http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/5869/downloadai.jpg