Difficulty 8/10. Minimum 12 months experience in electronics repairs or similar.
There are a load of youtube videos on this repair however I felt it was worth pointing out a few of the things that seem to get neglected in the videos, however watching the videos are important if this is your first repair.
Cover the keyboard with a mat to keep the glass from going into the keyboard or scratching the aluminium. You do not need to take the back cover off or remove the battery. The full repair is done from the normal open position.
Step 2. Remove the bezel.
First apply Heat gun and I prefer to use a razor blade from a stanley knife, it has good flex and will cut right through the adhesive, I cut right to the edge even around the camera area and had no issues. I use nitrile gloves and eye wear or all glass / LCD repairs.
Step 3. Remove the LCD.
The LCD has adhesive around the edges which is about 4mm thick so insert your blade only 4/5mm. Use heat again for a minute or two and slowly go round the edges, for me it came off in two pieces.
Step 4. There is a film between the LCD & backlight, be super careful not to scratch this, get dust on it or finger prints. You do not want to have to clean it, my first repair I made the mistake of getting finger prints on it and wiping it with alcohol which created streaks, more cleaning and dust got everywhere, in the end a few spots showed up, not serious but try to get film into some bubble wrap or cover as soon as the LCD comes off. Also note you do not need to remove the Backlight shield which is affixed by 4 screws I have removed it in the photos however you do not need to.
Step 4. Remove the board from the 2 connectors, and hook up new LCD. Remember the backlight cable goes in upside down i.e the white centering lines on flex face up, this is really quite tricky and takes a bit of practice, if you insert the backlight cable incorrectly the backlight wont show up so obviously just flip it. Be mindful of the backlight, don’t get fingerprints on it.
Step 5. Insert film and new LCD and position to test and check for any dust or imperfections. Remember not to wipe the film as it will cause hairline scratches or streak.
Step 6. Apply slight pressure to edges, its fine to use the old adhesive, I find it sufficient. (camera gives a weird LCD imperfection in the photo, the LCD looks good)
Step 7. Fit bezel back after applying new 5mm adhesive to around the edges, heat and apply pressure, Done !
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