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Hey everyone I need some input about replacing an LCD screen.

I've got a 15" macbook pro A1226 2.4GHz from back in 2007 with an intel chip. I accidentally dropped it a few feet while in my backpack. I've been making due with pinching the sides of the screen with clothespins and using an external monitor while the semester was going. Not I really want to replace this screen.

I know about ifixit and plan on doing it myself. (I opened up and fixed my xbox360 so I think I can handle this)

First of all my screen looks like this (but it's a mac not what is pictured):




The actual questions I have are:

Is it definitely a cracked LCD screen? It's gotten worse over time which I'm assuming is what would happen to it.

What size should the lcd be for my model say? 15 inches? 13.3 inches?

What is the difference between Matte and Glossy?

Where are the best places to find parts?

Will I get it cheaper than here? Apple Macbook Pro Screen LCD 15 inch



Thanks in advance! This fix is a year and a half in the making and I don't want to mess things up.
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Does pinching the sides of the display case allow the picture to return to normal? The reason I ask is that doesn't look like a cracked screen - although the photo you submitted is not all that detailed.

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Does pinching the sides of the display case allow the picture to return to normal? The reason I ask is that doesn't look like a cracked screen - although the photo you submitted is not all that detailed.

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Yeah if I pinch the left/right sides of the screen on the metal midway between the top and bottom it will go back to normal. I have to hold it with heavy duty clothespins/paper clips and it's gotten worse over time.
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1. It's definitely a cracked LCD. The only other thing that would cause that would be something wrong with your display cable or the graphics card, but if you dropped it you need to replace the LCD.

2. Your screen is a 15-inch Macbook Pro.

3. Matte is antiglare, glossy is shiny.

4. There are a lot of different places to get parts online. One is ScreenCountry.com, another is PowerbookMedic.com, another is ETechparts.com.

ScreenCountry.com is currently out of stock of the screen that you are looking for.

5. You aren't going to find it for much cheaper than the $229 price on PowerbookMedic.com



My advice to you is to remove the two screws on the bottom corners of the display assembly, then use a spudger or some piece of plastic to go between the metal frame of the screen and the plastic edge to separate the backing. Once that comes off, use the model number of your screeen in a Google search.

You may have some compatibility issues with earlier revisions of your LCD. For example, if you have an LG screen with A1 at the end, you can use a screen with A1, A2, A3, or A4. But if your screen is A3, you can't go with a screen that is A1 or A2.

Open up the back of the screen and let me know what model LCD you have. It should look like LP154WP2-TL A1 or something like that.
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1. It's definitely a cracked LCD. The only other thing that would cause that would be something wrong with your display cable or the graphics card, but if you dropped it you need to replace the LCD.

2. Your screen is a 15-inch Macbook Pro.

3. Matte is antiglare, glossy is shiny.

4. There are a lot of different places to get parts online. One is ScreenCountry.com, another is PowerbookMedic.com, another is ETechparts.com.

ScreenCountry.com is currently out of stock of the screen that you are looking for.

5. You aren't going to find it for much cheaper than the $229 price on PowerbookMedic.com



My advice to you is to remove the two screws on the bottom corners of the display assembly, then use a spudger or some piece of plastic to go between the metal frame of the screen and the plastic edge to separate the backing. Once that comes off, use the model number of your screeen in a Google search.

You may have some compatibility issues with earlier revisions of your LCD. For example, if you have an LG screen with A1 at the end, you can use a screen with A1, A2, A3, or A4. But if your screen is A3, you can't go with a screen that is A1 or A2.

Open up the back of the screen and let me know what model LCD you have. It should look like LP154WP2-TL A1 or something like that.
Awesome, thanks for the info. I'm not going to risk opening it up until Thursday night when I'm done for the semester. I don't want to risk losing access to important stuff... But that will be my mission on Friday, I will bump this thread with the added info.




Also, if anyone else has any input throw it in for good measure.
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If you have a renter's policy, I'd contact them as well. I highly recommend renter's policies for anyone renting an apartment or a technology rider for homeowners. Both can be had for just a few dollars a month, and usually cover computers for just about anything. Our tech rider costs us less than $100 per year for up to $7000 coverage. My wife dropped a very out-of-warranty iBook, killing it dead. For a $100 deductible, insurance replaced it with a new MacBook (which I claimed, and gave her my iBook).
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+1 For a technology rider on your homeowner's policy or a separate scheduled list of items. I pay an additional $65 per year on my policy and it has paid off for us in the past.
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