Replacing/upgrading a laptop screen

jbray241

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Hi I have a Thinkpad edge e531 with a 1366x768 15.6 inch screen (without touch. Yes this is unusual from most e531s). I am considering replacing (or upgrading?) the screen because it has a dead pixel right in the center that is really annoying me.

I have 3 questions.

1. Is that an "okay" resolution?

2. Are screens "upgradable" in the same way ram might be? Can I get a screen with a higher resolution and just replace it? Will my computer even accept/take advantage of the upgrade?

3.Are laptop screen interchangeable? Basically can I just get any 15.6 inch screen and have it work or do I need to get a specific lenovo e531 screen or something? How would I go about finding the right type?
 

WyomingKnott

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Laptop screens are far from interchangeable. You would need on that fits that model exactly, for size, power, and data connections. It can be swapped, and it is in theory possible to do it yourself after buying a compatible part from Ebay (for example).

My purely personal reaction is not to try it yourself. I broke the screen in my Asus TF300T Android pad this year. After looking online, there are three possible sub-models of screen for that pad, and if you get the wrong one it won't work. You have to disassemble the pad to see what type you have. Despite years of do-it-myself experience, I had it replaced professionally.

Would other people with positive experience doing this please weigh in, so the OP sees more than just my negative feedback?
 

WyomingKnott

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Laptop screens are far from interchangeable. You would need on that fits that model exactly, for size, power, and data connections. It can be swapped, and it is in theory possible to do it yourself after buying a compatible part from Ebay (for example).

My purely personal reaction is not to try it yourself. I broke the screen in my Asus TF300T Android pad this year. After looking online, there are three possible sub-models of screen for that pad, and if you get the wrong one it won't work. You have to disassemble the pad to see what type you have. Despite years of do-it-myself experience, I had it replaced professionally.

Would other people with positive experience doing this please weigh in, so the OP sees more than just my negative feedback?
 
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