How to Replace the Backlight in a Sony Vaio

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If the screen on your Sony Vaio is getting increasingly dim, it may be that the backlight is breaking down. This is a relatively minor problem that you should be able to fix yourself even if you aren't the most tech-savvy person in the world. Sony designed the Vaio to be relatively user-friendly when it comes to repairs, so after a few minutes of tinkering you should be able to get the battery changed and have a bright LCD screen that's as good as new.

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Things you need

  • Replacement battery
  • Phillips-head screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Power off your Sony Vaio and remove the battery.

  2. 2

    Remove the nine screws on the sides of the Vaio screen. Lift up the square stickers over the screws to access them. Once the screws are removed, the plastic bezel (screen guard) can be removed.

  3. 3

    Pop the bezel out, exposing all of the LCD screen. Pull the LCD screen gently away from the computer by the corner. Be mindful that the screen is still connected to the computer by a ribbon cable.

  4. 4

    Remove the tape over the ribbon cable where it connects to the screen, and gently pull the cable to disconnect it.

  5. 5

    Turn the LCD facedown and remove the piece of tape that holds the top metallic foil against the back of the LCD.

  6. 6

    Lift the metallic foil to expose the backlight. Remove the single screw at the end of it that holds it in place.

  7. 7

    Unclip the wire at the end of the backlight from the inverter (power source to the backlight), and remove it from the LCD. Replace it with the new backlight (available at any electronics store or online), and reassemble the device the same way you took it apart.

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