What do you do when you step on an HP Pavilion G6 laptop computer and break the screen?
First, you hope that the person who owns the laptop will forgive you and get the screen fixed, because you're broke and they're not. Keep hoping.
Second, you call Best Buy, and some bored teenager says "you have to send it to the manufacturer" and obviously you're not going to do that.
Next, you watch a YouTube video entitled "HP Pavilion G6 Notebook Screen Replacement Procedure" by the Screen Surgeons and realize "hey...I can do that."
Finally, you order a replacement screen on Amazon.com and replace it yourself!
That's how it went for me anyway. So, here's my version of how to replace a broken screen on an HP Pavilion G6 laptop computer.
But first, a warning: laptop computers contain a lot of small, delicate, fragile parts. You can really screw up your computer if you're not careful. So try this at your own risk!
Here's how the broken laptop screen looked. I only stepped on it once, and not too hard, either. In fact, the Pavilion was on top of a pile of blankets and sheets. You'd think that would have cushioned it. Think again. This is one illegible HP Pavilion G6.
Find the two little screw covers in the lower corners of the screen. This is basically just a little round sticker and there's a screw behind it.
Use a sharp blade to carefully lift the screw covers. Stick them somewhere safe.
And there's the screw. Remove the one on the left and the one on the right. Now you'll be able to very carefully pry the laptop screen's plastic trim ring out of the way. It's only held in place by the two screws, and some little snap joints on the sides, bottom and top.
Here I've almost finished removing the trim ring. Or is it a "trim panel"?
It's tight toward the bottom of the screen. Take your time, you'll get it off. It's not too difficult.
Now we have access to the screen. No, I didn't know replacing a broken screen on an HP Pavilion G6 laptop was this easy either.
I don't think I really needed to remove these screen frames from the laptop, but the side screws that hold the screen to the frame were a little hard to access with my screwdriver, so I moved the frames out of the way.
Now the broken laptop screen is almost out. But at this point, all I really wanted to do is get the model number off the back of the screen so I would know which screen to order on Amazon.
This is where things get a little confusing. There are a lot of different laptop screen part numbers on Amazon and other websites. They don't all match exactly to the one that's in the laptop. But everything worked out, and for about $60 I ordered a new laptop screen.
This is how the HP Pavilion G6 looks while you wait for the new screen to arrive from Amazon. I left the broken screen in place and connected. And I didn't show it in the photos, but I put all of the screws back into their holes, so I wouldn't lose them.
A day or two later, the new laptop screen arrived from Amazon. Why did I choose Amazon? Because it was a lot less confusing than most of the websites I found that specialized in replacement laptop screens.
The laptop screen connector is held in place with a strip of tape. I used my sharp blade to lift the tape. Then I very carefully removed the connector from the old screen, put the new screen in place, and plugged in the connector. Honestly, it was nerve-wracking, because the screen connector is small and fragile. So I took my time.
Here's the new screen in place for a test fitting.
Finally, I removed the protective film, mounted the screen, and reinstalled all the screws.
After that I attached the trim ring, which was just the same as removing it, only backwards, turned on the computer, and admired my handiwork.
And that's how to replace a broken screen on an HP Pavilion G6 laptop computer.