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X-Man
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X220 Tablet LCD replacement

#1 Post by X-Man » Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:50 am

Found a non-working i7 X220 tablet with a cracked screen I am amateurishly attempting to revive; thought it would work well on an Easter style theme!

Also found a cheap bare bones LCD I am attempting to fit but have not found any decent youtube guides, and the hardware service manual does not seem to be completely applicable on closer inspection.

Q1. Any good video tutorials somebody can point me to?

Q2. Unlike the original, the LCD I have bought does not have a Wacom mini pcb on the back attached to the main board via a little ribbon connector. A big problem? Can I simply detach the old card and stick it on to the new LCD?

Many thanks for any guidance offered.
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Re: X220 Tablet LCD replacement

#2 Post by X-Man » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:26 am

Well we live and learn, and what I now know is that the LCD was fine, but that what I am guessing is the digitiser had cracked. Is any of this worth salvaging? FRUs?

In the meantime I have a very poor condition but complete lid assembly I will fit to the base to see whether the thing is working.
Active: X220 Tablet (i5-2520M, Multitouch) | T530 (i7-3720QM, 1920x1080)
Retired: 2x X31 (1.6/1.7 GHz) | T60p (Core Duo 2.2Ghz, 1600x1200 IPS) | 2x X61T (1.6/1.8GHz)

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Re: X220 Tablet LCD replacement

#3 Post by axur-delmeria » Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:08 pm

X-Man wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:26 am
Well we live and learn, and what I now know is that the LCD was fine, but that what I am guessing is the digitiser had cracked. Is any of this worth salvaging? FRUs?

In the meantime I have a very poor condition but complete lid assembly I will fit to the base to see whether the thing is working.
Probably not the digitizer itself, but the protective glass (Gorilla Glass IIRC). Removing the glass can be tricky; I suppose it's bonded the same way as smartphone screens are, which means you'll need a heat gun to soften the adhesive.
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Re: X220 Tablet LCD replacement

#4 Post by TheForgottenKing » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:50 pm

It's not too hard. I've done it before. The screen has three mounts on each side under the covers, and three more under the bottom bezel and controller board. The digitizer is attached with a few pieces of tape. You can get whole LCD+Digitizer assemblies off eBay, then sell your IPS screen to get some of the cash back (It's the same one as the X220). If you have any questions just post pictures and I can help out, I've done this many times before.

The IPS screen from the X220t works in an X220/X230/X230t, so you can detact the digitizer and pen assembly and sell it.
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