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Old 06-11-2009, 17:45
liz31tt
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Hi,
My son acidentally dropped his ACER ASPIRE ONE MODEL NO: ZG5 The screen is now all weird: http://yfrog.com/0rdsc00395sj My question is, would I be able to fit a new screen myself? The local shop here is quoting me 140! I only paid 150 for the netbook brand new! I've googled it, and it seems fairly easy, although I've never done anything like this before.

Any help much appreciated.

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Old 06-11-2009, 17:53
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thats the good ol shattered screen.
you might be able to. how easy they make netbook screen replacement i have no idea. screens sold on ebay and such...are cheaper yes. sometimes the manufacturer has a service manual on their website if you dig around. shops quote=risk +labor intensive+time... its reasonable.
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Old 06-11-2009, 17:54
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If it's under waranty you can get it fixed but if not then check out you tube.
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Old 06-11-2009, 17:56
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Does you household insurance cover you for accidental damage?
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Old 06-11-2009, 18:19
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Sadly no, pc's or tvs are not covered.
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Old 06-11-2009, 18:22
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Use it connected to a monitor/TV as an All-in One.
No doubt it is also possible to permanently remove the screen.

Not cost effective to do anything else.
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Old 06-11-2009, 18:31
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If it's under waranty you can get it fixed but if not then check out you tube.
The warranty won't cover accidental damage.
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Old 06-11-2009, 19:51
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Me again! Is there any way this would work if I bought my son a secondhand separate screen. I think my boss used to use her laptop connected to a larger separate lcd screen. Would this be an option for me? And if so what cable connections would I need?

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Old 06-11-2009, 20:06
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The Acer will drive screens equipped with 15 pin VGA port - you need to make sure of this when you go to purchase as some screens may be digital only (VGA being analogue). You'll also need a VGA(male) to VGA(male) lead as well.

If you want to save some cash, try ebay - look out for refurbished Dell 17" or 19" 1280x1024 screens, they can be had for 30-50 quid and are of reasonable quality.

Good Luck!
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Old 06-11-2009, 21:08
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Not sure where you live but often Freecycle has monitors going free.

Almost all cheap screens have the correct VGA d-sub socket.
In fact a majority of cheap TFT monitors still only have this one connection.
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Old 07-11-2009, 09:11
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I live on the Isle of Lewis, bet most folk don't even know where that is!
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Old 07-11-2009, 10:28
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I live on the Isle of Lewis, bet most folk don't even know where that is!
It's the big island top left of Scotland, north-west of the Isle of Skye
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Old 07-11-2009, 10:45
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A brand new screen for this netbook can be bought on eBay (item no.120450555658) for 49.00 with free delivery. They aren't too complicated to fit, either - just fiddly.
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:12
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Amazingly cheap.

Well worth the risk but maybe safer to ensure that netbook is working fine 1st. Use an LCD TV or monitor.
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:42
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Are you sure he dropped it? There's a hole in the middle of the screen where the cracks come from, almost like it was closed onto a pen.

http://grab.by/iqW
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Old 07-11-2009, 14:27
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Are you sure he dropped it? There's a hole in the middle of the screen where the cracks come from, almost like it was closed onto a pen.

http://grab.by/iqW
That point of impact may also have been caused by the screen hitting the edge of a hard surface like a table, so it's still plausible that it was dropped.
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Old 07-11-2009, 18:04
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when I dropped our HP laptop and did exactly the same thing, we got a replacement from these people

http://www.lcds4less.com/index.shtml

it was the cheapest we could find. they spoke to us to make sure it was the right one and was shipped to us in 2 days - can heartily recommend them. the acer website should have a service manual with fitting instructions (the hp one did).

good luck!

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Old 07-11-2009, 19:57
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Yes, after further interrogation he tells me it hit his desk on the way to the floor!
Will have a look at that website Gary and see how much it'd cost.
Thanks folks, I always get excellent help and advice on here.

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Old 07-11-2009, 20:02
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I checked the site out of curiosity.

Stick with ebay. And the guy has a good reputation too.
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Old 07-11-2009, 20:24
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By way of punishment for being so careless with his netbook, my son is gonna pay for the repairs himself out of any money he gets for xmas (he's 10!)
Thanks bargepower, I've saved that shop in my fave sellers on ebay, and will get the screen there..... once the wee guy has enough money!

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Old 07-11-2009, 20:58
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