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LCD screen replacement

Discussion in 'Notebooks' started by kirtedward@gmail.com, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. kirtedward@gmail.com

    kirtedward@gmail.com Flightless Bird

    I am a not so proud owner of an Alienware area 51 17" screen that
    needs replacement... or so I am told. This is about a five year old
    computer that at the time of sale cost just under 5K. Turns out after
    about 3 years the motherboard needed replacement. So I had the mobo
    replaced and before sending it back to me I was informed I also needed
    a new screen because "the screen was only going to last about another
    30 days ". Sounded to me like I was fixin' to get hammered by this
    repair shop (Z-Tronics) and I had never heard of anyone being able to
    know when a screen would go out so I declined their willingness to
    sell me a new screen and sure enough the screen went out 30 days
    later. Started out with a couple of vertical lines then more and
    finally out. Does this sound like it could be something other than
    the screen itself and does anyone have any input as to the best place
    to get a new display. I doubt I will ever trust a repair shop again
    and will take my chances with doing it myself. Any input will be
    greatly appreciated. Kirt (530)749-1110
     
  2. Barry Watzman

    Barry Watzman Flightless Bird

    Re: "the screen was only going to last about another 30 days"

    That is BS. No one can predict how long an LCD panel will last and, in
    general, if they are working and physically abused, they will last for
    years. Now if the backlight was flickering, one might predict a
    BACKLIGHT failure.

    However, vertical or horizontal single pixel lines are normally due to
    failure of the bonding of the flat ribbon cables from the driver board
    to the actual LCD glass. I know of no way to either predict or cause
    future failure of these bonded connections.

    You should be able to find a display without too much difficulty,
    probably about $100. You need the DISPLAY model number (the actual LCD
    panel itself), not the model number of the computer that it goes into.


    kirtedward@gmail.com wrote:
    > I am a not so proud owner of an Alienware area 51 17" screen that
    > needs replacement... or so I am told. This is about a five year old
    > computer that at the time of sale cost just under 5K. Turns out after
    > about 3 years the motherboard needed replacement. So I had the mobo
    > replaced and before sending it back to me I was informed I also needed
    > a new screen because "the screen was only going to last about another
    > 30 days ". Sounded to me like I was fixin' to get hammered by this
    > repair shop (Z-Tronics) and I had never heard of anyone being able to
    > know when a screen would go out so I declined their willingness to
    > sell me a new screen and sure enough the screen went out 30 days
    > later. Started out with a couple of vertical lines then more and
    > finally out. Does this sound like it could be something other than
    > the screen itself and does anyone have any input as to the best place
    > to get a new display. I doubt I will ever trust a repair shop again
    > and will take my chances with doing it myself. Any input will be
    > greatly appreciated. Kirt (530)749-1110
     

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