Originally Posted by Szadek
Well, I would look at the sticker with the part # on it, and see if you can't get the same LCD. Taking the LCD apart, if you decide to choose that option, is a matter of making use of ESD equipment, at the very least a grounding strap. The LCD assemblies I'm familiar with involve removing the exterior screws, popping off the front bezel, removing the internal screws holding the LCD frame to the back cover, then unscrewing the frame from the LCD itself. That is after disconnecting the LCD cable from the system board. That is after you can clear the bezel from the hinge cover. Disconnect the LCD cable from the LCD, and attach it to the new one (using tape). Now some LCDs (if the manufacturer chose to go on the cheap, attach a "EMI Shield" or tin foil to the back of the LCD with double-sided tape. Others have it attached to the back cover, and others just have aluminum back covers. Reverse the process described above.
Different LCD assemblies are, of course, assembled differently to some degree.
Keep track of the screws and screw covers.
Grounding strap is probably not necessary (unless you have an electric personality). In new buildings with plush carpet (remember rubbing your feet/socks on carpet then zapping your sister!), during sudden changes in barometric pressure, or high humidity enviroments will be a bit more problematic. You probably don't need to do anything and will be OK but for me as a precautionary I simply touch the kitchen faucet before a tear down just in case to ground me out/discharge any potential.
Biggest problem in screen change out
2) finding the right one since you don't like the $450 or more new price of an OEM.
4) Good set of mini screwdrivers adn pry tools. Don't use grandad's old phillips screwdriver that is oversized and wore out. You will strip screws then nobody will be able to take machine apart.
6) Delicate hands, you are working with plastic, not a car.
8) good memory of what you took apart and putting it all back together without having extra parts.
Go to the manufactures site and download the service manual.
For instance, though I hate HP, they do have an excellent online help. For all but their cheapy notebooks they have all kinds of manuals for servicing and even have some flash videos to watch for like changing wifi card. For my ZT3000 they have a cook book recipe instructions for exactly what to do, what screws to remove, what bit of plastic to pry up and how/where to pry, etc.
Read that, then you will get an idea. Many people are too smart (translation when notebook does not work after putting back together---LAZY! LAZY!)
Problems people have with a little job like this is of course lack of patience and rushing things because they must have it now.
Not having those little screw drivers with the right tip-some screws are really weird propietary depending on model/manufacture.
carefully noting everything you take apart so it goes back, hey use a digital camera and take pics and notes.
Not breaking more things while taking things apart like cracking the screen bezel, breaking pins on itty bitty connectors because their fat fingers jam the connectors back together, etc.
Oh, I forgot to mention, proper diagnosis of problem. Many folks misdiagnose and replace the wrong part, or not enough parts. You run the risk of spending all that time and money and still having a broken machine (but if bought on ebay you should be able to flip the parts you bought for nearly -or sometimes more- than what you paid).
Not giving up when it does not work after putting it back together. I have taken apart various notebooks dozens of times and I still do stupid things like forgetting to reconnect the fan wire as it is hidden under the fan when the top is put on-etc. If this happens then slowy take it all apart again and put it back together in exact reverse order-as you noted with pics-camera
Oh, and for the screws I use masking tape/stickie side up, and by the orientation of the notebook make a pen circle of the screw locations on the tape and stick the screws to them. Nothing fancy here, just a little trick, and having it be close enough to being how they are laid out to easily figure where to put them when reassembled.
For purchasing, remember the usual ebay bewares (DOA gaurantee, over 100 feedbacks, 98% positive, etc.).
To save time and potential headache just look for the entire LCD cover assembly with cable, LCD panel, bezel, cover, inverter, etc. They usually sell for only a modest amount more than just the LCD panel and you save time on tear down (usually just removing the top trim piece, maybe 6 LCD hinge screws, and cable connector). plus if you broke more than you thought you get those parts like the inverter and cable.
Other sources for parts.http://lcdsuppliers.com/index.phphttp://www.screentekinc.com/http://www.getpartsonline.com/lcd-module.htmlhttp://www.lcds4less.com/faq.shtmlhttp://sparepartswarehouse.com/Compa...-Displays.aspxhttp://www.laptopking.com/http://www.priorityelectronics.com/l...cd-screens.htm
You can try to substitute the display, as for instance the LCD on my ZT3000 is a 15.4" display that is the same as on the Dell 8500/8600, on the gateway, and the Toshiba.
It requires alot more tear down and transferring parts from your display (LCD cover, cable, inverter, frame, bezel, etc) but if you do your homerwork it will work (if you buy a compatable model).
You maybe more successful on ebay finding the 14.1" display rather than a LCD assembly from a DV1040. Also research for other Compaq/HP/other Chinese made relabeled machines that are the same except for the model number/label/shape of outside plastic. For instance my current HP ZT3000 is the same as a compaq business NX7000/7010 and compaq consumer X1000 with for instance prebuilt sub models liek ZT3350 ZT32XX ect all really being the same notebook.
Now start reading that manual and see for yourself.
Oh I looked up at HP and they wanted $800 for the LCD assembly. Seems you would do better paying them the $700 to have it installed than buying the part from them.