[GRLUG] LCD replacement screen source

Don Ellis don.ellis at gmail.com
Sun Nov 28 09:25:03 EST 2010

On Sat, Nov 27, 2010 at 6:09 PM, Adam Tauno Williams <awilliam at whitemice.org
> wrote:

> On Sat, 2010-11-27 at 18:49 -0500, Luan Pham wrote:
> > On Saturday, November 27, 2010 06:05:07 pm David Wise wrote:
> > > Hey everyone, who knows of a decent source for replacement LCD screens?
>  My
> > > family has a busted 16" Acer Aspire 6930-6455 that I am searching for
> parts
> > > for.  The first time I searched ebay I thought I was seeing them for
> > > $80-100.  Now they all are around $300.  I supposedly found one for
> > > $88+shipping on lcdscreensusa.com but I can't find a single review
> about
> > > that site, so I don't know what to think.  Any help with favorite
> sources?
> > David,
> > I think it is cheaper to buy a new 19" then replacement part.
> > Staples got an Acer 20" LCD monitor on Sunday for $109.98 and with
> Wide-screen
> > resolution too.
> >
> http://weeklyad.staples.com/staples/default.aspx?action=entryflash&mode=flash&adref=SBD_Marketing
> I believe the 6930-6455 is a *laptop*, not a display unit.
> But I'd still have the same answer - just junk it.  A "Core 2 Duo
> Mobile" laptop isn't worth the time / cost of a repair scenario. A
> refurbished unit of that spec is ~$500.  You could easily hit the 80%
> rule trying the replace the display.  Replacement displays are dodgy.
> Only way I would try is to contact a local PC repair shop [which would
> have reliable sources] and see if they would work with you.
> If you get a refurbished unit of the exact same model then you'll have
> spare parts [maybe, assuming there aren't changes within the same model
> between production runs... which happens].
> When you say "junk it", there are multiple interpretations of the term. I
recently visited a local school (St. Louis University High -- SLUH) and the
IT guy showed me some Apple laptops that had lost their screens, hinges, or
something else mainly cosmetic. They routinely repurpose broken laptops for
other functions. The ones with working screens can be set up as flat panel
displays with attached CPU. Those without displays can be used without,
either headless, with external monitor, or with KVM.

--Don Ellis

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