A friend of mine is involved with Kids on Computers, a non-profit organization that sets up computer labs in schools in poor/remote regions of the world. This is how my old laptop computers make it down to Oaxaca. I have a simple Windows 7 Lenovo 13″ laptop whose broken screen did not seem worth replacing until I tried Windows 8. As an experiment, and with the ultimate goal of eventual donation to Avni Khatri and Kids on Computers, my friend John and I decided to see how hard it would be to replace the Lenovo’s screen.
It turns out that buying the screen is a little tough. Given the number of laptops that are dropped you’d think that Amazon.com would sell these or that they’d be at the local Best Buy, but in fact http://www.laptopscreen.com/ was the only source that we could find. A $65 investment, including shipping, resulted in the arrival of a new LCD screen in a box. The site has helpful videos showing consumers installing the screens. Using some inappropriately large household tools, John and I were able to get the new screen installed and working in about 10 minutes.
I wonder why this isn’t a more popular home craft project given that it actually takes less time than driving to a store to have someone else do it (and a quick Google search indicates that repair shops charge a lot more than $65 to do this work).