Tuesday, February 3, 2015

DIY: Laptop screen replacement (Dell Inspiron 14z-N411z)

 I am a do it your self person where possible.  About six months ago my son came home from visiting his mom with a broken laptop screen.   The laptop has sat on my project pile since then.  Last Tuesday (1/27/2015) I finally had the part to tackle this project.  The first thing I did when he brought it home was look to see if someone had done a video on how to do the screen replacement on YouTube.  I then looked to see if I could locate the appropriate part and made sure the part matched the one installed on the laptop then ordered the part. I have I have found many good how to video's on YouTube.   Found the video and reviewed it to see how complicated the  process of replacing the screen was.  Wasn't complicated at all very easy.  One connector and four screws.  The hardest part was gently removing the protective covering to get at the screws.  Then reinserting the tiny connector into the screen.  The how two video is listed below:

Here are some of my screen replacement pictures from Tuesday January 27, 2015.  This laptop is now up and working again.

Laptop screen cover removed and screen (on right) removed.  Back of screen is visible. 

New screen in place without protective cover over screws and connection. 

Protective cover replaced and ready to start back up. 

Laptop booted to Windows as was expected. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

How to make a 4 to 1 balun cheap and easy

This is for a Ham Radio antenna project.  This device is used to match impedance between a wire antenna and the feed line (coaxial cable).  When completed will include a place to connect the wire antenna and the coaxial cable.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Google Drive -- Building Forms

I had been looking for a way to add a contact me form to my website.  Today I was working on updating my site when I stumbled on a video on YouTube that discussed creating a form using Google Drive.   I followed the instructions for creating the form, but I also wanted to be able to be notified via email that someone left a message.  The messages get stored in a spread sheet.  I also found another YouTube video on how to setup the email notification.  This has been on the list of nice to haves on my website for a long time.  Finally it is done.  View the two videos below for how to set this up.  The form can be embedded in your website as a HTML fragment. Works great!

Tutorial: Video on how to create the form using Google Drive. 

Tutorial: Emailing Results from a Google Drive Form.