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Hey guys. As the title states, I have a vertical, blue line going straight down my LCD screen. I'm a college student, so I carry my laptop from class to class in my backpack. I've never thrown or dropped my bag, so I'm really curious as to what could have caused this.

I took my laptop out of my bag one day after class and turned it on to find the line. For about a day, the line was only there some of the time, and I could make it disappear by adjusting the screen angle. After about a day, the line just stayed there permanently.

My drivers are up to date as of last week. The rest of the screen has no issues, the problem seems only isolated to that one location. The line, as shown below, is completely straight, so I'm starting to question if it really was something that occurred from trauma.

What are people's thoughts? If it is caused by damage to the monitor, I can accept that it's my fault. But if the pixels are just being weird and I can do something to fix it, I would love to have some help doing so.

Below, you'll find the laptop's support page, a picture of the screen itself (sorry, only had my phone), and a screenshot of my device manager. Thanks for your help.

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-list.pl?mdl=VPCEB290X&SelectOS=47



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post #2 of 11
I'm afraid it's direct damage to the LCD. frown.gif Not much you can do to fix it other than replacing the screen.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jyr;12603071 
I'm afraid it's direct damage to the LCD. frown.gif Not much you can do to fix it other than replacing the screen.

^^This unfortunately.. Sounds like there's a problem with the connection.. Sounds like it got damaged somehow. :-/ sorry..
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Sometimes you can gently squeeze the bezel just above the line to make it go away... Though this is only temporary.

This happens to all my laptops eventually (2~3 years on average) as I lug them around in a back pack and the straps put pressure on the lcd eventually causing the connections to break.
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Yeah.. same with an old Dell i got, two horizontal lines and HORRID screen dim and line flickers
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Jyr;12603071 
I'm afraid it's direct damage to the LCD. frown.gif Not much you can do to fix it other than replacing the screen.

Bah, unfortunate. I was afraid of it, but I'm not at all shocked. Like I said, I don't think I've ever thrown it around or just dropped it. I've always taken care of it, so I was really surprised when the line just appeared.

I'd contact Sony for a repair but I stupidly did not invest in the extended warranty that covered accidental damage (when it's roughly 1/3 of what the laptop itself cost, I didn't think it was worth it). I did some research on replacing the monitor and Sony is asking for something like $400. Not worth it. I'll just suck it up and deal.

Thanks for your guys' help.
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Originally Posted by sav5716;12603216 
Bah, unfortunate. I was afraid of it, but I'm not at all shocked. Like I said, I don't think I've ever thrown it around or just dropped it. I've always taken care of it, so I was really surprised when the line just appeared.

I'd contact Sony for a repair but I stupidly did not invest in the extended warranty that covered accidental damage (when it's roughly 1/3 of what the laptop itself cost, I didn't think it was worth it). I did some research on replacing the monitor and Sony is asking for something like $400. Not worth it. I'll just suck it up and deal.

Thanks for your guys' help.

IIRC You can buy the monitor and just replace it yourself.
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post #8 of 11
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IIRC You can buy the monitor and just replace it yourself.

Yeah, we tried to do that at work two years ago with an old Dell. We couldn't figure it out, I wouldn't know where to begin or even where to get a replacement haha.
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Modern laptops are somewhat more simple to disassemble, although I don't know much about Sony ones.

If you ever do decide to try replacing it yourself (I'm sure there's a guide somewhere on the internet) you can get a new screen for about $70.

http://www.screencountry.com/index.php?section=products&model=VAIO%20VPC-EB290X&brand=Sony&size=

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Although I would only if it got worse. The line is bad, but it could be a lot worse. tongue.gif
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