As technology moves forward, so does every aspect of your computer. During the past, if anything were to happen to your LCD screen it will be as simple as just replacing it and moving on with your day. However, that is not the case with today’s technology. Apple already introduced a unibody design across all their macbook models. This means that the LCD display assembly is different compared to what it was on previous models. The new design of the Macbooks now have a glass panel on top of the LCD panel. The good thing about this is that if so happens that only the glass panel breaks, you will just need to replace the glass panel which is placed on top of the LCD Panel. But at the same time if both are cracked, you will need to replace both of them at the same time.
Sometimes if you take your macbook to any repair stores to replace your display. They will just inform you that you need to change the entire display and charge you an exorbitant price to change it. The process of changing the display panels are not that difficult as long as you have the right tools and know the proper process to it.
Heating the Glass Panels
The first step is usually the hardest as you will need to remove the display for the body itself. You will need a hair dryer or a heat gun which is to loosen up the adhesive that holds the glass in place. Be careful not to have constant heat as this will cause overheating and damage your LCD panels. Once the adhesive strips have loosen, use a strong suction cup to slowly lift the glass panel up and away.
If heated properly, you will be able to see a slight gap between the glass panels. You may use any card or thin piece of plastic to slip in the seams and keep them separated so that you can remove the adhesives easily.
When using the suction cup please have patience when doing so and don’t rush into it. The process of LCD replacement takes quite a bit of patience. Use a little bit of force when doing so and make sure to not have constant force when doing so. When too much force is applied you may crack the display instead which you do not want. During the process if there is any resistance, you may start heating the adhesive strip again slowly like in step one. Once the glass comes free, you may set it aside to clean and make sure it is dust free.
Screws and Cables
Once the glass panel has been removed, you are able to access the LCD panel which is attached to the frame of the macbook with screws. You will need to remove the screws holding the LCD display. There will be a clutch that is holding the LCD display which can be removed by sliding it to the side. Once this is done, you can then remove the display from the frame. There will be a few cables attached to the display which you will need to gently remove from the frame as well. Finally disassembling all the parts, there will be a total of 4 parts which you have access to, your glass panel, the clutch, LCD panel and the frame.
Replacing the Damaged Parts
So based on these four parts and the screws, you will be able to replace whichever part is damaged fairly easily. Once the damaged parts are replaced, you may take your time in assembling all the parts together the same way you disassembled them. A final note to make sure is that the adhesive strips are still good and to clean out any dust before putting the panels back together. Having a microfibre glove and cloth can come in handy during this process. At the end of the day, if you still feel that this is out of your reach, there are still many macbook screen replacement stores around the neighbourhood.