04-19-2019 10:41 AM
Hello Lenovo Community,
I have a Flex 6 (81EM000DUS) with a cracked glass digitizer, the LCD is fine. I couldn't find much information about replacing this besides this post from a Flex 2 https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-IdeaPad-1xx-3xx-5xx-7xx/Replacing-Flex-2-15-Glass-Digitizer/m-p/... . Guessing the steps highlighted in the solution will generally be the same?
Looking for verification in ordering the correct part. I couldn't find the glass digitizer specifically using the partslookup just the part # for the LCD Assembly: 5D10R03189. Googling that part # I found two places that carry the digitizer:
However, both are out of stock. So my questions are, can anyone recommend other options for buying this part and has anyone replaced this on this specific model before?
Thanks in advance,
04-19-2019 02:34 PM
Welcome to the Community Forums.
Aside from searching using the part number for refurbished panel online, perhaps best that you also check physically if it would be possible for you to only replace the digitizer as it is closely held by strong adhesive. Same reason why others heat gun it to loosen it from its place thus reducing cost.
It may be possible to replace it but it is not meant by OEM to do it. I suggest you inspect your panel first and do similar research and video how others manage it even if its not specific to the model (but at least close to the flex series). Through this you can perhaps decide if it is worth ordering just the panel or simply get the entire module and sell your old panel to others willing to explore.
I hope this helps answer your query.
04-22-2019 10:01 AM
Thanks for your reply. I did realize that the part # 5D10R03189 only pertained to the entire LCD module, I was just curious as those vendors were listing the option to purchase the digitizer part only pertaining to the part #.
The strong adhesive shouldn't be an issue, I have a heat gun and other tools to assist with this. Below are the steps from the "Replacing Flex 2-15 Glass Digitizer" referenced:
1. Remove screw pads covering screws on bottom left and bottom right of digitizer and then remove these screws.
2. Once the screws are removed, this bit of plastic (front bezel as referred to by Lenovo) can be unclipped and taken off.
3. You will see a small screw at the bottom in the middle of the screen, this is the only screw that holds on the screen and digitizer.
4. Remove the middle screw and then slide the screen up and pull back and it will pop off, this can be be laid flat face down on the keyboard.
5. There are four screws with metal plates on each corner of the screen, remove these.
6. The next stage is to seperate the digitizer and frame from the actual LCD screen, most people said to use a heat gun for this however a sharp stanley knife will do, simply take care to not damage the screen. Just slowly cut through the adhesive running around the entire edge of the screen inbetween the digitizer and LCD.
7. Once you have cut all the way round, unclip the cable ribbons from the bottom and pop out the card from the bezel, the digitizer and frame should now be loose and can be taken away from the unit.
8. (If you have ordered the frame and digitizer together skip to step 10) If you have just ordered the digitizer you will now need to seperate the frame/bezel from the digitizer, again do this with a sharp blade, I suggest to start at the bottom as you can then work you way round, once the digitizer is off, you need to get rid of all the old adhesive and clean up the frame/bezel (I suggest white spirit).
9. Now you need to secure your new digitizer to the old frame/bezel, do this by applying adhesive double sided sticky tape to the bezel around the edge and secure the new digitizer in place. You are now ready to fit this back to the LCD unit.
10. First of, ensure both the LCD screen and back of the digitizer are clean and dust free, once this has been done position the new digitizer and frame underneath the front of the LCD still lying on top of the keyboard and position the screen correctly in place on the digitizer.
11. Pop the card that the ribbons go into back into the slot on the frame/bezel and then fold the ribbons back and re connect them.
12. Get the four metal plates and screw them into each corner. You can then lift the entire screen unit up and slot it back. Make sure that all the edges are clipped in and the wire at the bottom is tucked up behind the screen otherwise the front bezel will not clip in.
13. Screw in the middle screw at the bottom and then clip the front bezel back on, the two screws on each side can now be put back and screw pads placed over these. The screen should now be all fully functional again!
As illustrated by the steps above, I do realize that replacing the digitizer only would require a bit more work as well as not being meant by OEM to do so. Even if I do go with the entire LCD module, just wanted to see if anyone in the community had done it and any tips that could be offered. I know it's technically a "FRU" only part....
04-22-2019 02:09 PM
I am sure the steps you have provided would help fellow members in reducing costing for replacing glass panel. This surely would be possible with your tech skills and a linked video would benefit similar enthusiast in doing it too.
This is a good option so in case it failed on others then perhaps it would be time for them to decide on the entire panel.