December 9th, 2008

I need a smaller screwdriver

The LCD in my three-year-old Thinkpad T43 has failed and I'm pretty sure the problem is with the fluorescent bulb in the backlight (the screen will light turn on for a few minutes, but it's all pinkish). After spending two and a half hours monkeying around with screws of fractally decreasing size, I'm finally at the point of disassembling the "no user serviceable parts inside" LCD panel itself so I can desolder the dead bulb and replace it. Except I can't get the practically microscopic screws out of the housing.

A replacement bulb is $8. A used replacement panel can be found for about $100. A whole new laptop could probably be had for $800 or so. I bet I never do this again.
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