How To Take Apart a MacBook Display

The LCD or Liquid Crystal Display is a flat thin panel filled with liquid crystals placed on top of a light source or what is called a backlight and it uses very little electrical power. These characteristics of the LCD make it practical to use on portable devices such as the laptop. The display monitor on your MacBook uses the same LCD technology. LCD displays are fragile and good care must be taken when handling the laptop. Unlike CRT monitors or those monitors that resemble the old television set, the LCD does not have a thick shield made of glass to protect the inner core. So the LCD display on your MacBook is vulnerable in its exposed state and could be damaged if you're not careful. If the LCD on your MacBook is broken, the cost of getting it repaired may be half or more the cost of a new laptop unit. Replacing it yourself could save you a lot of money.

  1. Prepare the necessary tools. You'll need a couple of tools to disassemble the MacBook display. Find a Phillips screwdriver with the smallest head, you'll have to try out a few on the screw heads before finding the right one. Then you'll need the black stick or nylon pry tool, which is like a sturdy thin plastic tool good for prying things open without making scratch marks. You can also use a guitar pick for the same purpose.
  2. Remove the plastic frame. You can now start removing the plastic frame around the LCD screen. No screws hold it in place and it is like a snap on cover. Try getting your fingers underneath to gently pry it off, if it won't come off easily then use the guitar pick or nylon pry tool. Gently push it underneath the plastic frame and push up until you hear it snap off. Don't focus on one area; try different areas until you have removed the whole frame.
  3. Remove the hinge cover. The hinge is on the bottom part of the screen where the base and screen meets. There are three screws to unscrew, find them all and remove with a Philips screwdriver. Then slowly and gently pry the hinge cover with your fingers or you can try to loosen it with the guitar pick or nylon pry tool. You'll find plastic covers on either side of the hinge too and you can remove this the same way. Once you have the covers off you will see the wire that powers the screen.
  4. Remove metal bracket and remove LCD from back lid. There is metal frame bracket on both sides of the screen holding the LCD in place. Find all the screws and unscrew them with the Phillips screwdriver. With the metal bracket off, you can now free the LCD screen from the back plastic lid. Put a piece of cloth or towel on top of the keyboard then gently with your hand on the screen slowly lean the screen over towards the you and slowly rest it on the towel on top of the keyboard.
  5. Remove screws from back bracket. Now that you're looking at the backside of the LCD screen, you will see another set of metal brackets holding the LCD in place. Find all the screws on the bracket and unscrew them using the Phillips screwdriver. Be sure you remove all of them and make sure you take lots of care while doing this since the Wi-Fi antenna and microphone cable is positioned on the brackets. Do not pull any of the wires.
  6. Remove camera and video cables. With the guitar pick or nylon pry tool carefully remove the cable on the camera at the top of the screen by sliding it out of position. Peel off the tape that holds it in place. Do the same with the video cable; first peel off the tape then remove the video cable attached to the back of the LCD.
  7. Remove the inverter plug. The last thing attached to the LCD is the inverter plug or the wire that we saw in the beginning that supplies power to the screen you can unplug the connector on both sides of the inverter board with the nylon pry tool or the guitar pick.

Replacing your own LCD panel is easy and will save you a lot of money.


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