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I am a retired Ford tech. Next to Fords, any computer is a piece of cake. (The cake, its not a lie)
3770K @4.5, Corsair H100, GTX780, 16gig Samsung, Obsidian 700 (yes there is a 700)
Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:10 PM
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:53 PM
another update... I found out that I have TWO laptops in the house(not being used, one with bad motherboard) that have compatible screens. The inverter was attached to the bad display with screws, and the other two screens don't have screw holes in their frame but I should be able to find a way to fasten it on.
Anyway... I am still leaning towards the idea that buying a new display cable would be good, since this one had been twisted and all, and MIGHT be damaged.
BUT.... with the compatible screen from an HP in my hand, cable connected to display and inverter, connected to motherboard, powered on... booted all the way into windows before I shut it back down. Spare screen stayed lit entire time, no issues. I've got some hope for it.
I wouldn't have guessed the HP would have a compatible screen in it... it was just something someone gave me with a bad motherboard. But when I took the bad screen out of the Dell and looked up the part number on ebay, one I found showed a BIG list of models it was compatible with and that HP model was listed. Sure enough, same size, same backlight, etc. Will fit in there just fine.
Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:34 AM
Can't believe I still have this one. This thing was in bad shape, I was going to try and come up with my own solution for the outer plastic pieces that were broken, but the owner ended up ordering a bunch of parts I didn't plan on them ordering. The only thing really bad about that is, the ONE part that I did want them to order never came. I'm not sure what happened, but they never got it. That was the display cable.
To recap, the laptop had been mishandled several times and the top was broken from the bottom. During all that, the display stopped working properly. I've determined that the bulb is having problems, but I happened to have a compatible display being unused here already. My one concern was that display cable... with all the pulling on it, was it damaged inside....
SO... At one point, I cut it open(the outer tape) to see if there was any damage to the wires inside. I didn't want to use something that could cause further damage to the next screen I put in.
I opened it up starting at the area that looked most likely to be damaged. All the wires looked okay. I pealed some more of the outer covering back until I got to where the wires connect to the cable.
At this point, I did notice a little black area just above where one of the wires connect. No black right at the connection, so I can't say if that's actual damage or not.
To make sure their old screen was bad and not the cable, I did connect the cable to the screen I'm going to replace it with. Turned it on for a minute, and no issues. Everything looked and sounded fine. It works.
Now, I wasn't planning on coming back here to ask any more opinions on this topic... they had ordered a cable and I expected that to all go smoothly.
But now that the replacement cable is not coming in, they sounded like they want me to go ahead and put it all together using the old cable...
Part of me thinks that would be fine and nothing bad would happen... but, part of me is a little worried and would prefer a replacement cable.
With all that said, I took a picture to show that one little black area to see if anyone had any thoughts. If I plug it all together, it does work. The only question is... is that little black spot damage? And I guess then, is it something that would cause problems with the replacement display in the future?
Anyway, here's a picture... (note: those wired connections are all under a plastic or tape...)
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