So I picked up a faulty Toshiba Chromebook (CB30-B-103) off of eBay for £27. Unfortunately it had no power supply and the screen was cracked. When it arrived I switched it on briefly and it seemed to be okay, but it switched off pretty quickly because it was not charged. I did ask the seller if the unit would come with a charger and he advised “yes”, but then followed up stating that this was an error and the unit came as was with no added parts.
So I had to buy a charger separately, which was £11 (£10.99) with free postage. That took a few more days to turn up than expected, but it seems to work well. As it is an after-sales charger, though, I am not intending to leave it unattended in case there is any issue with it.
Then I cast the screen to the TV so that I could check that the Chromebook worked, and it seemed to be fine, so I decided to invest in a new display. The new display arrived yesterday, but I was watching cricket in Hove last night and so I saved the pleasure of fixing the unit until this morning.

Before

I unpacked the new display and got my set of small screwdrivers out, and got to work. It’s pretty easy to remove the bezel, since it is plastic, and there were two screws at the bottom which also needed to be removed. I’d watched a tutorial on YouTube and so I was comfortable removing the four screws holding the display in place, and detaching the display wire. I’d also followed almost exactly the same procedure with a Samsung Chromebook and my trusty Acer C720.

The tricky part was reattaching the lower part of the bezel, I had to remove and retry several times. I compared the old display to the new display, and the part of the board under the display was much more rigidly held in place on the original display. So anyway, I got it reattached, the bottom of the bezel could be more secure, but I am using the Chromebook now to write this post. The display was £32.31, with free postage, and so for the grand sum of £76 (oh. Was it that much?) I have a working Toshiba Chromebook 2, which I am quite happy with. Looking on eBay I can’t see working versions of these type selling for much less than £90, so I have saved a few pounds and improved my display replacement skills – to be fair, I just like playing about with these things a bit, and display replacement is well within my comfort zone. If you watch the YouTube tutorial, it is as easy as unscrewing a couple of screws and then attaching the new display to the video cable:
After

Now I can play with it for a while and see whether I want to keep it or sell it on; I guess I will need to compare it with the Acer C720 and see which I prefer.

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