We’ve just given out 300 Toshiba Chromebooks to our teachers and students, and in the two months that they’ve had them we’ve had a several returned for repair. In this video I’ll show you how simple and quick it is to carry out Chromebook repairs yourself and save you hundreds in spare parts.
The low price of most Chromebooks is reflected in the build quality of Google’s popular range of laptops. The flimsy plastic and soft screens that are synonymous with Chrome OS devices allow them to be extremely cheap but also make them very prone to damage. This cheap construction does, however, have two huge positives — Chromebook parts are really cheap, and they’re really easy to repair yourself.
Most DIY repair videos you find on YouTube are pretty dull, so I’ve spiced this one up with a few unique touches. Enjoy!
Smashed Chromebook screens are common
Chromebook displays are generally thin and have little protection, so the most common complaint we’ve had are cracked screens. In a school where you might have hundreds of Chromebooks, carrying out repairs in-house could save you hundreds or even thousands of pounds a year. In this video I show you how simple it is to replace the screen of a Toshiba Chromebook, but we’ve used a similar process to repair many other Chromebook models.
Finding replacement Chromebook parts
An official replacement Chromebook screen direct from Toshiba costs in the region of £220 — more than the cost of a replacement Chromebook! — but I was able to source a perfectly acceptable alternative through Viglen (selling on Ebay) for just £34. While I was initially sceptical about using unofficial parts, in testing we’ve been unable to tell the difference between the official and third-party screens.
You can also pick up unofficial parts from most computer suppliers, and even Amazon. It’s definitely worth taking a look around, just because it’s official doesn’t mean it’s any better than a third-party alternative.
Chromebook repair tools
Aside from the replacement parts the only tools you really need are a good set of precision screwdrivers.
You can pick up a set for just a few dollars, but my advice is to spend a little more, as there’s nothing worse than having to apply pressure to a delicate part of your Chromebook just to remove a damaged screw.
If you’re concerned about damaging the soft plastic when prying open your Chromebook’s case you can use a plastic spludger, but as long as you’re careful a thin flat-head screwdriver will work just as well.
How did you do?
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