Sony Vaio VPCZ1 LCD replacement/disassembly guide

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  1. waleed786

    waleed786 Notebook Evangelist

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    I thought I would make a guide since I couldn't find any when I was about to disassemble mine. Credits go to ota-con (http://forum.notebookreview.com/member.php?u=303614) for giving me the original instructions. Also to newmodeus because I got the first pic from them since they labeled all the screw sizes. Sorry if the pics aren't good, it was hard to concentrate and take good pictures at the same time =P


    #1 - remove all the bottom screws and take remove the keyboard
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    #2 - Remove the hinges. This is not necessary, but it gives you easier access to the next 6 screws and allows the lid to lay back flat. If you think you can manage, then you can skip this. The hinges are attached to the main body each by one screw. They should be covered by a piece of black tape (the tape is already off in the pics). After you release these two screws the only thing that is still attached to the screen to the main body are the cables that go to the LCD via the left/right hinge. Be careful not to tear those cables.
    Just lay the screen back down.
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    #3 - Remove the bezel screws. There are 3 screws on each side, but only one on each side can be unscrewed and removed. The other two (which may be covered by black tape/foam) can be unscrewed but not removed since the bezel blocks them so just loosen these two screws.
    After this, you will need to detach the front black plastic bezel from the back lid.
    I would start to loosen it from the bottom and the slowly and gently work my way up. The bezel is held by plastic clips to the lid. However at the top you will need to push the bezel up a bit since it is held at the top by little hooks.
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    #4 - at this point, you can just lift up the LCD. There are many loose parts underneath such as the WLAN/WWAN antenna's, the camera, and some other loose parts at the bottom. Be careful not to move these when you lift the LCD, and try to remember their positions in case you do move them.
    After that, there is a small connector on the bottom left of the LCD. It looks very thin and delicate so be very careful when removing this. it just pulls out, no clips.
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    Now you just swap your LCD and do everything in reverse.

    TIPS/DIFFICULTIES:
    IMO, disassembling was easy, the hard part was reassembling.

    #1 - When putting the bezel back on, start from the top and work your way down. The bezel bends easily so be careful not to break it. And more importantly, make sure there are no wires being pinched between the bezel and the lid, they should all be tucked in. It took me a good 7-8 min trying to get this back on.

    #2 - The second hard part was re-assembling the hinges. First of all, make sure all the wires are inside the hinge, they should not be poking out anywhere or they might get pinched.

    #3 - Lastly, make sure you test your LCD before you put back the 20 something screws at the bottom, because the LCD connector looks flimsy and might come off, so you don't wanna have to assemble everything only to find out it doesn't work.

    The keyboard and the rest is pretty straight forward.

    If anyone has anything to add, let me know.
     
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    ota-con Notebook Deity

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    Excellent guide! +REP
     
  3. SPEEDwithJJ

    SPEEDwithJJ NBR Super Idiot

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    Thanks for taking the time & effort to make the guide. Appreciate it. :)
     
  4. Bommel87

    Bommel87 Notebook Consultant

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    I have done this once... And there is a thing worth to mention: The magnet next to the camera. Be careful not to loose it. I think it has to be mounted with the red side to the user.
     
  5. David Marra

    David Marra Newbie

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    Thanks for this, all. One of many incredibly helpful posts on this forum. (We should probably change the title of the thread to "Display replacement/disassembly..." As its not actually a LCD.

    The screw length and location diagram was key, I never would have gotten those all back in correctly.

    And good point on the magnet. My VPCZ1-1390x had a thin red line oriented horizontally on the half of the magnet closest to the top of the bezel.

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    I also had to unscrew and remove the circular hinge covers. They also have a quasi snap fitting into notches on the perimeter of the bezel.

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    The bezel take a little more pressure than I had expected to remove it, more than I was comfortable with. I thought for sure I was going to crack it- but it was fine.

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    I purchased my replacement LED from SmartMicroUSA - for $498. Ordered on a Friday, and a $30 dollar shipping charge got it to me on Monday morning. SONY VAIO VPCZ124GX/B 13.1" WUXGA LAPTOP LED DISPLAY $498 SMARTMICROUSA.COM

    Mine is the WUXGA - 1920x1080. The replacement was spot on identical to the original, even the solder joints were identical. The replacement has a 'made in China' sticker, while the OEM had a 'made in Japan' - I'd bet they both came off the same line in Shenzhen or some other Chinese city. The colors are identical, as well as the texture of the laminate surface.

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  6. rmtzcx

    rmtzcx Newbie

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    What a nice guide, waleed786!

    One quick question for those that already opened this notebook. Did you see if the hard drives can be replaced? I would like to upgrade the hard drives, but I am not sure if the disks can be replaced on this laptop (my exact model is VPCZ110GL (PCG-31111U).

    I called Sony, but they didn't want to give any reference, manual, or instructions (the customer service was very disappointing)
     
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    Qwaarjet Notebook Deity

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    michael.key Newbie

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    Hi Folks!
    So, I disassembled a Vaio Z, and have now three problems:
    - I need a Goby 2000 card (it's faulty, that's why I opened the laptop)
    - I need a keyboard-to-mainboard flat cable (I f**ked it up...)
    - I have 6 short screws, not 4, and I don't remember where they go...

    Thanks in advance for any help...
     
  9. kevin1987bj

    kevin1987bj Notebook Consultant

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    too bad I need to do this. I need the technical department to send me a fHD, as my FHD comes as a 1600*900 panel

    great put down
     
  10. beaups

    beaups New Jack Hustler

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    ^They are not likely to send you a new panel. You are going to need to return the notebook.
     
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