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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Replacing the Lenovo Y460’s Screen.

Dear Matt and Marcella,

Ooopppsss, I seemed to have literally put my foot in it, well, more like ‘on’ it.

Friday morning, after picking Matt up by his feet, lifted him off the floor and walked to his bedroom (just like a bat) meant my field of vision was rather limited... and with a memory of a senile goldfish, meant I had totally forgotten that my trusted Lenovo Y460 was sitting on Matt’s bedroom floor, apparently just waiting for my left foot, haa haa haa.

Cracked

I knew something was wrong after the ‘crackkkkk’ that could have been heard across the city :) Still, hope was high as there was no visible sign of anything broken, but of course all was revealed after pushing the on switch... #%^$!!!

After calling the Lenovo’s call centre, only to be told that the replacement screen was going to be around 6,000 THB (200 USD)... excluding the labour cost; just like in Blackadder, two words filled my mind and they rhymed with ‘Clucking Bell’.

SONY DSCStill lost on what to do about replacing the screen, I did what any nerd would do first, to back up everything... with the help of a HDMI cable and a spare TV, backing up was a simple affair (using ‘FreeFileSync’).

Now, where to find a replacement screen? When I am lost in the world, there is only one person to go to, just like the great Oz to Dorothy, uncle Google was always only a few clicks away.

After reading through a mind blowing number of result on Google, of course one picked the number one result and that lead me to ‘www.laptopscreen.com’, I never knew there were so many people who also like to step on their notebook just like me, lol.

Uncle Google also recommended (on about the fifth result) a VDO to watch, it was from ‘Pixelsmashers’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnRB2f_5Ihw) he was there to upgrade his Y460’s screen from 1366 x 768 to 1600 x 900. He was also thoughtful enough to leave a link ‘www.screencountry.com’ as well. I can’t thank you enough, the step by step on how to get in, and remove the screen was a God send.

Decided to buy the screen from laptopscreen.com, the screen was around 50 USD, and shipping another 50 USD, haa haa haa, got all the way to the checkout page only to find that Paypal service was on hold, the other two choices were bank wire transfer (about 20 USD surcharge) and webmoney (this was the first time I’ve ever heard of webmoney), so I passed and jumped to screencountry.com, again the site was excellent and it was very easy to find the part I was looking for (or thought I was looking for, tell you in a minute what I mean) however once again Paypal wasn’t available here either.

Anyway, decided to look locally in Bangkok, and got a couple of interesting hits from uncle Goo, but their website were less than unclear, like in many cases in Thailand, the best way was just to call them up. I’d told them what I was looking for, they told me to transfer 2,450 THB (81.6 USD) to their account.

SONY DSCAnd here was my main mistake, I should have taken out the broken panel first, so that I could have given them (ranpajum.com) the part number... This I did not do, so all the information that they had was the model code (Y460)...

Anyway the first time I called, the man was pretty confident that he knew exactly what I needed, so I’d left it at that.

The panel came the following day after the accident, I took it out of the box and it looked exactly like the one I’ve seen on laptopscreen.com, screencountry.com, even the same as on the ‘how to’ VDO from pixelsmasher. So I was pretty confident that the part was right... that was until I’d started to remove the broken panel...

SONY DSCThe first phase of removing the screws and the plastic frame was identical to the guideline given by Pixelsmasher’s VDO, but as soon as the plastic frame was out of the way and a naked panel was staring at me, I knew that the panel in front of me was nothing like the ones I’ve seen on Internet and the VDO... %^&$!

So I called back ranpajum, told them exactly what was in front of me (including the part number), this next part was beyond my expectation. Ranpajum said that someone will deliver the part to me on the same day! Wow...

Sure enough, about 5 hours after our morning conversation, the replacement panel was waiting for me at home. Honestly it took less than 10 minutes to replace the panel and put everything back together.

So far the screen is still working haa haa haa, at least if this one is broken I know exactly where to go back to get another one, lol.

Matt knew that I was just a little upset with myself for squishing the screen with my kung-fu left foot, “Are your Ok Papa?, Don’t worry Papa you can sell it and buy a new one, Don’t be so sad Papa, Are you ok now? Papa”, after all those words of concern, how could one possibly not be ok? lol.

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