Recently I became fed up with the display panel that my HP Elitebook 8460p came with. Unfortunately this laptop was supplied to me by my employer, so I didn’t have any say in the ordering process. I have been able to expense a 16GB RAM upgrade, and a 256GB SSD upgrade, but replacing a perfectly working screen and expensing that would probably have been a little more difficult.
By default the laptop comes with a 14″ matte display with a resolution of 1366×768. When ordering one of these, there was an option for a panel with 1600×900, but as mentioned before, I didn’t have the chance to specify. So I figured I’d bite the bullet and order a display on my own as the use I’d get out of the additional resolution was completely worth it to me.
A new panel will run you around $350 direct from HP. That being said, I didn’t pay $350! I found the HP spare parts catalog for my particular laptop and found the display panel part number and did a quick Google search. A company I have used for replacement displays in the past unfortunately didn’t have the particular panel I wanted in stock. But luckally for me I found one for around $90 on Amazon. After the display arrived in a gloriously protected package, I set out to replace the panel and begin enjoying my additional screen real estate!
But after installing the panel, and turning the power on, I had a problem. While the computer detected that the new panel had a resolution of 1600×900, there were pink lines streaming across the screen, and text on the display was nearly impossible to read.
Immediately I was pissed! $90 for nothing! I started thinking that maybe I had a defective panel, or perhaps I screwed up the cable while replacing the panel. So back to Google I went. Unfortunately there’s not much in the way of definitive answers if simply replacing the panel is all you need to do. After about 30 minutes I saw something I missed… there appear to be two different cables for the display panel. One for the HD (1366×768) panel, and one for the HD+ (1600×900). I asked myself if there could possibly be a difference, and then saw it was about $18 direct from HP. So I ordered one and began the wait again.
After about a week the cable arrived, and I began disassembling the laptop again. Unfortunately this time I couldn’t just easily remove the bezel and replace the panel. No, I had to completely disassemble the entire chassis of this machine, and let me tell you… this is one of the most difficult diassemblies I’ve ever performed, simply because of how many hidden screws there are everywhere. I now have a renewed appreciation for all the Dell laptops I’ve ever performed service on! Regardless, after about an hour of finally getting the bottom off the laptop I installed the replacement cable, buttoned everything back up, installed the new panel and started the machine. Miraculously the display was crisp, no lines, and displaying at it’s advertised 1600×900 resolution!
So there you have it! Sorry that I didn’t take any pictures of the disassembled machine, but needless to say it was more of a process than I would have preferred Even though the cable that I took out looked exactly like the new one I ordered from HP and I can’t tell why the new cable works but the old one doesn’t, I’m just relived that it does. So for those of you who have found this page wondering if it’s possible to upgrade your HP EliteBok Display Panel, the answer is yes. You’ll need two things…
Cable kit for HP EliteBook 8460p models with HD+ displays (HP P/N: 642793-001) http://bit.ly/RIMfAU
Display panel, 35.6 cm (14.0 in), HD+, anti-glare, LED, SVA, LVDS (HP P/N: 653040-001) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006D9UOQW?tag=thnete-20
After you’ve ordered your new parts, have a look at the service manual for the laptop for exact dis-assembly instructions.
Let me know if you have any questions!