eeePC broken screen

EeepcAbout two or more years ago I bought my daughters a eeePC 901 each, after  a year or so they started to fall apart in respect of the battery’s no longer hold any charge one of the power cables is dead and a touchpad stopped working on one of them. Hannah wanted to buy a Laptop anyway so we’ve been using her 901 for spare parts as Monique uses hers pretty much every day, it runs Ubuntu by the way.

Last night as usual she came into the living room armed with her eeepc ready for an evening of netbooking on the sofa as she lifted the screen Monique let out a wail of despair. “My screens broken!” sure enough a lovely star shaped shatter on the screen of her beloved netbook. Fortunately I have years of experience with laptops, star shaped cracks or shatters indicate some idiot has shut the lid forcefully with something on the keyboard usually a pen or a stray peanut from a bag of Bombay mix.

Luckily for her we had Hannah’s 901 with a good screen, this is dead easy to swap, a child could do it. First peel off all the rubber grommets over the screws, get a thin blade and pop out the two screw hole dust covers. Undo all the screws then crack open the screen casing. The screen will not be screwed down at both top corners as you have already removed those screws when you undid the casing. You’ll need to be pretty firm (But not too much) and pull the casing apart near the lid hinges you may need to bend it back a bit so you can get the screwdriver in, undo the bottom corner screws left and right (Or right and left if you prefer) lift out the screen. It will be attached by a long cable, remove the tape over the connector, now with your thumb nail prise apart the connector. I would not advise pulling on the cable, although that probably will work just as good as your nail, if you pull the cables out of the connector you’re stuffed you just need to unplug the screen basically.

Fitting the new screen is simply all the steps above but in reverse (You may need tweesers to put the two screen screws back in the bottom unless you have really tiny fingers.), took me about 12 minutes although I was dead lucky in having a donor unit, some jewellers screw drivers a pair of tweesers  and a fair few years experience of swapping screens out.

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How’s that work then?

My router is a Drayteck 2800n it has sat happily underneath my keyboard (on a shelf) for over a year now the only downside was that it was plugged into an extension lead so when the socket was switched on power went to every electrical item plugged into the extension.

I decided to move it closer to the phone socket in my hallway which would have the added benefit of allowing me to leave the router ‘switched on’. After running 20FT of CAT5 cable under the kitchen floor through the cupboard under the stairs then fixing the router to the wall I looked forward to an improved setup. “Oh dear”.

My two base units now play the game of “Shall I shan’t I” when booted in respect of connecting to the network or at the very least getting an IP address from the router, my laptop is playing a similar game too, wicd used to connect automatically now I have to manually connect.

My daughters have eeePC’s they use them in their bedrooms, “Dad I’m connected but the signals rubbish” how can that be? If anything you should have a stronger signal! you’re bedrooms at the top of the stairs for gods sake!

After stomping up the stairs with the ‘look of disbelief’ on my face I watched as the signal strength meter on her eeePC went from 100% to 50%, 30% then bombed through the floor. The router is now back where it used to be and everything is back to normal.

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