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Laptops and Cats June 3, 2014

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in Cooling Fan, LCD.
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In an earlier post I mentioned my unfortunate encounter fixing a friends desktop computer. He had two cats in his apartment, I was allergic and there was a lot of cat hair inside the desktop. Today I thought I would discuss cats and laptops.

Like many pets, cats love warmth so they naturally gravitate toward laptops which generate heat through the CPU and memory. Laptops can get very hot when they are left on. Often, when the laptop is left unsupervised, cats will sit on the keyboard causing the laptop to overheat.

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Also, cat hair can get inside and clog the heatsink preventing more hot air from getting out. If you have turned off your laptop and closed it your cat can still sit on the lid and break the screen. I recommend when you are done using your laptop you store it away out of your pets reach.

If you have questions about other pet related computer issues, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find laptop parts available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

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Add A Second Monitor December 20, 2013

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in LCD, Video Cards.
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I am considered what they call a power user. I have way too many programs open on my desktop and I am always multitasking, so I needed two monitors. For those that don’t realize it, you do not need an expensive dual head card to upgrade to a second monitor. All you need is a simple video card added to your AGP or PCIe slot, and you can add another screen. If you really need a lot of space, you can use the tip I got and find two 22-24″ monitors that tilt upward from landscape view to portrait view, and it will seem as if have four 14″ monitors.
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Trust me, after you get used it it, it’s great and everyone will be jealous of you. LCDs screens are certainly cheap enough, it is time you expand your desktop.

If you have any other questions about video cards, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find some video cards available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Dell Studio 1555 Power Button Problems December 18, 2013

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in LCD, Plastics.
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In a previous post, I touched on how the DC jack and power button built into the screen assembly is a poor design. Similarly, a power button built into the screen assembly is also not well thought out. The best example is the Dell Studio 15″ and 17″ models.
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These LCD assemblies fall apart on the sides where the plastic trim falls off and ruins the power button assembly inside. This board is not sold separately. It is only sold as part of the full LCD back cover assembly, but we have located some. You can find them here. I recommend you stay away from these designs but we are here to help if this warning comes too late for you.

If you have questions about power buttons, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find power button boards for many laptops available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Quick Hinge Repair December 18, 2013

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A little while back, while fixing a laptop, I noticed that the LCD hinge of the laptop had a small bolt in the corner. It seemed a little too loose, so I tightened it up.
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If you find that your hinges are a little too loose, don’t wait to fix it. The lid could fall, and you could break several parts of the screen. Open up your LCD assembly, see if your hinge also has tension adjustment, and tighten it up.

If you have questions about hinges, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find hinges for many laptops available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Toshiba Thrive AT105 Digitizer/Front Glass Repair December 18, 2013

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in LCD, Tablet.
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The Thrive AT105 was the first real popular tablet that Toshiba offered. It had the benefit of a removable battery and removable memory slots. Like most tablets though, they get dropped and the front glass breaks. Sometimes, the screen under the glass breaks but this is more rare. If you are lucky, you only broke the glass.
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If the frame around the glass is broken though, you need the whole digitizer assembly.
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If it is the screen, that is separate too.
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It is a big job to fix but probably cheaper than a new one. If you have any questions about the Toshiba Thrive AT105, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can find parts for the Toshiba Thrive AT105 at our website here.

Jeremy Schwaeber

CCFL LCD Replacement Alternatives December 18, 2013

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in LCD.
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Now that all laptops are LED backlit screens, it is pretty hard to find older CCFL screens, especially 15.6″ and 16.0″. I do still hear from people that my price for these screens is way too high, they find it for a lot less. What they may not realize is that they are being offered an LED screen with a CCFL conversion kit. While this really is an excellent alternative, it doesn’t work on a lot of laptops. If you are going to try this, make sure you get a guarantee in case yours is one of the models that isn’t a good match for this option. If you have any questions on LCD screens, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find LCD’s for most laptops available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

HP LED Screen Compatibility Explained December 18, 2013

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in LCD.
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We sell a lot of the standard LED LCD displays and they are pretty standard for most brands of laptop in 15.6″ and 17.3″ sizes. However, when HP started making laptops that used these screens, they used a version of the screen that had the connector on the right side of the screen. All other brands use the same screen but with the connector on the left side. The problem is, LCD manufacturers decided to only make the left LCD connector displays going forward. So, I am often asked if I am selling the right version of LCD. The solution is a cable that extends from left to right to allow the monitor to plug in on either side.
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When you are ordering for an HP, you need to make sure you are getting the cable included at no charge if your model has the older connector version. If not, you will not be able to plug it in, the LCD cable will not reach. I always check the model number of the laptop before I ship to make sure it will be a match. If you have any questions on LCD screens, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find LCD’s for most laptops at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Warning About Touch Screen Laptops December 18, 2013

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Well, touch screen laptops are here, and they are getting cheaper. But, what happens if the screen breaks? In some cases, the touch screen functionality comes from the front glass bezel know as a digitizer or touch glass. If you are not as lucky, you have to get the whole LCD assembly which can cost hundreds of dollars. maybe more than you paid for the whole laptop.

What I recommend you do, before you buy, is to check out the model you most want and see if you can find replacement parts and what they cost. If they are not too expensive and they are readily available, then it may be worthwhile. If not, decide if you can live with the laptop being disposable. If you have any questions on touch screens, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. We are adding new touch screens and touch glass to our website and you will find them available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com. If not, you can call or email for the model you need a replacement on.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Dim LCD Displays Update For LED Screens December 18, 2013

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in LCD.
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When receiving calls about bad LCD’s, one of the more common symptoms I hear is that the LCD is dim. If you shine a light on it, you can see the image on the screen. As I explained in a previous post, you can test the voltage coming out of the inverter to see if you are getting 6-volt and you will know if it is the screen or the inverter that is giving you trouble when you have the older CCFL screen.

But what if you have the newer LED backlit screen and do not have an inverter? In this case, the problem can be either the LCD cable from the motherboard or the screen causing the problem. I usually recommend that you move the cable around while the laptop is on to see if there is any improvement. If it does change when you move the cable, you may have a cut in your cable and it will need to be replaced. If not, and in most cases, the bulb is bad and you need to replace the screen. If you have any questions on LCD screens, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find LCD’s for most laptops and some LCD cables available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Do You Need A New Laptop Casing? December 16, 2013

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in LCD, Plastics.
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Lately, I have had a lot of requests for entire cases of a laptop. Unfortunately, laptops aren’t always well designed these days and multiple parts of the plastics may break at once. There are no manufacturers that offer full cases though there are generally four parts to a case. In China, they may be called cover A, B, C and D and each manufacturer may have a different name for each one as well. The bottom can be called a base assembly, a chassis, or bottom enclosure. The top can be called a palmrest or top cover. The LCD plastics can be called an LCD bezel or LCD mask for the front and LCD top cover, LCD back cover or LCD rear bezel for the LCD back with logo. All parts inside the LCD are sold separately though.

One of the most common plastics problems is not a crack of the plastic itself but a crack of the screw mount from inside the plastic molding. This requires replacement of the plastic. Most often this happens where the bottom of the hinge is mounted to the base or where the top of the hinge is mounted to the LCD back cover. These plastics can be very expensive if they are not used parts pulled from old laptops and may not be worth replacing. If you have any other questions about plastics, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find some plastics for laptops at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber