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    A friend's daughter has ordered a replacement laptop screen for a Dell PP29L. I can't seem to locate such a model on the Dell site, although the "PP29L" brings up lots of search hits. The question is though, whether it's a simple matter to fit the replacement screen, or whether it needs a specialized hardware tech. Hints & links welcome.

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    [quote name='AlanMiller' post='795457' date='29-Sep-2009 08:26'][/quote]
    I can't help you with any of this since I've never replaced a laptop screen, nor do I know about that model laptop.

    The only reason I post is in amazement! My son and I both had Gateway laptops several years ago and first mine and eventually his had dead screens. When I priced the replacements by phone with Gateway, the $$$ was so high that I didn't do it. I don't remember the numbers now but it was in the >$500 range.

    I wish your friend's daughter good luck!

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    [quote name='AlanMiller' post='795457' date='29-Sep-2009 07:26']A friend's daughter has ordered a replacement laptop screen for a Dell PP29L. I can't seem to locate such a model on the Dell site, although the "PP29L" brings up lots of search hits. The question is though, whether it's a simple matter to fit the replacement screen, or whether it needs a specialized hardware tech. Hints & links welcome.

    Alan[/quote]

    dell pp29l - Bing has lots of links that might be illuminating - Dell Inspiron 1525/1526 Service Manual & I have just bought a dell laptop(model pp29l) but it's video quality is very poor..what's the problem? - Yahoo! Answers.

    Looks as though it is an Inspiron 1525/1526

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    [quote name='joeperez' post='795469' date='29-Sep-2009 22:52']dell pp29l - Bing has lots of links that might be illuminating - Dell Inspiron 1525/1526 Service Manual & I have just bought a dell laptop(model pp29l) but it's video quality is very poor..what's the problem? - Yahoo! Answers.

    Looks as though it is an Inspiron 1525/1526

    Joe[/quote]
    Thanks Joe. That service manual (Display section) certainly seems to be the goods. I also found a generic fix-it link to Replace Your Laptop Screen which looks good. Since my friend is a sparkie, I might let him do the hands-on work, so I remain blameless on all counts!

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    [quote name='Bigaldoc' post='795466' date='29-Sep-2009 22:48']I can't help you with any of this since I've never replaced a laptop screen, nor do I know about that model laptop.

    The only reason I post is in amazement! My son and I both had Gateway laptops several years ago and first mine and eventually his had dead screens. When I priced the replacements by phone with Gateway, the $$$ was so high that I didn't do it. I don't remember the numbers now but it was in the >$500 range.

    I wish your friend's daughter good luck![/quote]

    I know she paid around AUD250 for it with delivery/ insurance included.
    Still... too much at stake to mess it up - again!

    Alan

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    [quote name='AlanMiller' post='795457' date='29-Sep-2009 08:26']A friend's daughter has ordered a replacement laptop screen for a Dell PP29L. I can't seem to locate such a model on the Dell site, although the "PP29L" brings up lots of search hits. The question is though, whether it's a simple matter to fit the replacement screen, or whether it needs a specialized hardware tech. Hints & links welcome.

    Alan[/quote]

    Several years ago I had to replace the screen on my son's Dell laptop. I went to Ebay and found a new replacement. Installing it was relatively easy.

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    I've finally got around to this, nervous all the way, since I haven't done it before.

    I'm already very tenuous where the Documentation instructs me to "Disconnect the antenna cables (2 in the picture below) from the mini cards."



    The copper tabs are so small I can't see how they attach. Does anybody know the safe/ recommended method of disconnecting them please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMiller View Post
    The copper tabs are so small I can't see how they attach.
    I'm guessing that if you don't see a screw, it just pulls off, but without a close-up view, it's difficult to know where exactly to push/pull. If you have a digital camera with a good macro (close focusing) mode, you could photo the clips from a couple different angles and zoom in on your monitor (assuming you have a working monitor).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jscher2000 View Post
    I'm guessing that if you don't see a screw, it just pulls off
    You're right J. I felt it best to quit there though, coz the components were getting just too fragile and microscopic for me to be happy fiddling with. Best let Dell do it, so if the tech busts something, he can just ask the guy next to him to toss him over a spare!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMiller View Post
    Best let Dell do it, so if the tech busts something, he can just ask the guy next to him to toss him over a spare!
    I had Dell visit me at my office for on-site service to replace a trackpad (a button had gone bad; too much clicking apparently). You are only supposed to have to remove a few screws to do the job, but he ended up completely disassembling the machine because it was so tight the parts would not come apart. It was very stressful to watch. I don't recommend remaining in the operating theater during that kind of surgery, but at least computers can be backed up!

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    Just to put a final stamp on this thread, I worked deeper and deeper into the laptop, following the manual step-by-step. After (maybe) an hour, I encountered a tiny "cable" around 4mm wide, with a number of conductors laid down on it. It was about as thick as cellophane and was jammed in pretty hard with a pressed-in plastic clip, which would have to be popped out with some force. At this stage I decided the whole operation was getting a little risky and sadly returned the laptop to its owner. I explained my reluctance to tackle the task, so sadly she resigned herself to sending it off to Dell and paying the $200 repair (labour) cost. To her delight, they sent out "the guy", who not only did the job with some magic tool in 10 minutes, but didn't charge a zac! Nice when you score the exception to the rule for a change!

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