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A-KO
10-08-2011, 05:22 PM
Greetings Everyone!

A few weeks ago I made a post requesting information on upgrading the LCD of the G74Sx Best Buy revision--and received lackluster response (are none of you guys modders?) So I ended up setting out on a search and exploration mission to successfully upgrade my LCD.

Background:

The Best Buy model of the Asus G74Sx comes with a cheaper LCD panel, one that is roughly about half the cost of the stock 1080P panel that comes with these systems. Looking around the internet, the model that I found inside my G74Sx is a Samsung 17" panel that costs roughly around $60-$70 to get a replacement. This panel's native resolution is only 1600x900, which sucks.

Upgrade:

I went to a website for laptop screens (can I even link here what I bought due to spam? I won't unless someone requests it) and looked at the panels they had available for the Asus G73JH. I ended up picking out a Glossy 1920x1080P replacement that they list, total cost including shipping was $140-$150 or so.

Process:

You don't need to take the whole laptop apart to do this upgrade, however if you want more working room feel free to do so--I didn't want to rip out 30 some odd screws from the bottom of the case to disconnect the monitor portion.

1. Remove Screws from beneath rubber feet in front of the monitor.

2. CAREFULLY, AND I DO MEAN CAREFULLY use a flathead screw driver to unclip the front panel plastic of the monitor itself. There are lots of little clips in here that can break very easily, as in, I broke a few (more on this later). You want to be careful with this and try to find each with the flathead to push in JUST ENOUGH to not break the clips.

3. Once the panel is off, you can undo the screws that hold the LCD in place. There are a lot of them.

4. Careful remove the LCD from the housing.

5. On the back of the LCD is a video cable held on with some tape. Undo the tape, and pull down on the cable to free it from the back of the LCD.

6. Remove the side mounting brackets from the LCD.

7. Install on new LCD.

8. Reverse whole process.

9. Completed!

This accomplished having a new, higher viewing angle, higher resolution LCD for my Asus G74Sx--hopefully the same or a similar panel that comes stock on the higher end Asus devices.

Caveats:

So the plastic clips are very very easy to break. I don't think they intend to actually remove these even for LCD replacements. The more likely method they use to replace the LCD is to replace the entire monitor housing at once, only pulling the LCD out if they wish to salvage that for re-use.

Notes:

If Asus would be kind to send me a new plastic housing for my LCD that'd be awesome. I broke a number of the clips on the bottom and lower right side of my monitor housing. This was due to me being overzealous on wanting to get it off, and had I been more careful this wouldn't have happened. Hey, you live and learn!

Pictures will be forthcoming!

And yes, other than the broken clips, which if I can't get replacements, I'll use double sided sticky tape to help resolve, the LCD looks and performs great!

A-KO
10-08-2011, 05:32 PM
Past upgrades to laptop:

1. Removed Intel 6150 Wimax card and replaced with Intel 6205 Dual-Band N card.

Future upgrades planned:

2. Double the RAM
3. Add SSD

Naits
10-08-2011, 05:55 PM
such an enthusiastic modder should buy a desktop! haha xD Could you explain in detail were you found the screen cable? (the LCDV - cable) because mine is eighter faulty or just a bit loose and it would be awesome if i could just give it a push instead of RMA'ing the laptop !!

Symb
10-08-2011, 06:12 PM
Daring modding, well rewarded it seems. :)
Keep up the good work!

-Symb

Lorca
10-09-2011, 09:17 AM
You must be at least a pc technician aficionado! Even with your nice instructions I really don't recommend the average joe to do this. Is like telling a poor dude out of the blue, hey dude my wife is in labor , look, just do this; do this....do that...be careful when you pull.......Ok..... got it? -----(you) "uh.......ok"

irdmoose
10-10-2011, 02:30 AM
I'd rather buy the entire assembly. I'm kinda lazy like that. Plus, I want to upgrade to the 3DE screen and have the integrated IR emitter.

jorlanm
10-10-2011, 03:58 AM
To me its not worth it...You buy a BBK7 model then end up replacing the LCD later on preety much ends up costing the same as getting a G74sx with 1080p screen anyway, but you end up loosing warranty and possibility of screwing up your system...

A-KO
10-10-2011, 02:23 PM
@irdmoose

I would have preferred the entire assembly also, but when I contacted Asus they told me they don't sell them openly. I had to take matters into my own hands if I wanted this to work.

@jorlanm

Actually, purchasing the LCD replacement with a BBK7 model ends up being a bit cheaper than going flat A1 since the A1 comes with upgraded hardware as well (more RAM, more HD space). So if you wanted to go with a smaller hard drive or spread the cost of the components out over time, getting the LCD itself is cheaper in the short term.

jorlanm
10-11-2011, 02:04 AM
You couldve gotten an G74sx-XR1...which is like $100 more than the BBk7...Kept your warranty and everything...Not to mention getting a 192-Bit GPU instead of a 128-Bit GPU on the BBK7...

BBk7 looks cheap but specs wise its not...

A-KO
10-11-2011, 06:27 PM
I suppose you could do that.

Admittedly, Asus does not make it easy to find nor distinguish all of the available models and they're continually releasing new models to different channels.

Marketing-wise, it's a sham.

Either way, the BBK7 version works reasonably well and for those that want to eventually maybe upgrade some parts, it's decent.

Naits
10-12-2011, 02:20 PM
A-KO, please tell me the easiet way to access the lcd cable in the notebook ! :D

irdmoose
10-12-2011, 02:31 PM
There's a good teardown video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp90M_N6dzs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp90M_N6dzs&hd=1) I'm pretty sure this works for all of the G73 models.

Chastity@ASUS
10-12-2011, 04:10 PM
A-KO, please tell me the easiet way to access the lcd cable in the notebook ! :D

There is no "easy way"... to remove that cable, you need to tear down the chassis AND the LCD bezel and panel. not fun

A-KO
10-12-2011, 06:00 PM
As Chastity noted it's not an easy process. I loathe wanting to take apart the actual laptop chassis and have so far avoided doing it--that made upgrading the wifi card an interesting process...but I really don't want to take that apart.

Cupcake
10-27-2011, 07:06 AM
I followed your advise and I ordered the LCD 1080p for G73jh for screen replacement on my g74sx bbk7. I hope I will be able to do it myself without breaking anything. Can you please send me a link for the wifi card and also how difficult is to replace the card? Can I see it if I'll open the back lid of the laptop?
Thank you!

dstrakele
10-27-2011, 07:17 AM
I followed your advise and I ordered the LCD 1080p for G73jh for screen replacement on my g74sx bbk7. I hope I will be able to do it myself without breaking anything. Can you please send me a link for the wifi card and also how difficult is to replace the card? Can I see it if I'll open the back lid of the laptop?
Thank you!

Hope isn't going to help you with installing a new laptop display. You have to have experience and the confidence to KNOW you can do it. If you have to ask for directions to upgrade the Wireless Adapter, you're not ready. I recommend you cancel your order or farm the LCD replacement out to a qualified shop.

EDIT: This may seem a little harsh. My point is not to put you down, but to have you seriously think about this. A functioning laptop with an HD+ screen will be a lot more fun than one with 2 borked screens. The WIFI card replacement is a better start point, provided you've got a 5 Ghz router to take advantage of it.

BrodyBoy
10-27-2011, 07:26 AM
Hope isn't going to help you with installing a new laptop display. You have to have experience and the confidence to KNOW you can do it. If you have to ask for directions to upgrade the Wireless Adapter, you're not ready. I recommend you cancel your order or farm the LCD replacement out to a qualified shop.
+1 Replacing a display panel is a relatively advanced DIY procedure.

Cupcake
10-27-2011, 02:20 PM
A-KO, please tell me the easiet way to access the lcd cable in the notebook ! :D
If I'll replace the screen do I need to replace the cable also?

Cupcake
10-27-2011, 04:00 PM
Hope isn't going to help you with installing a new laptop display. You have to have experience and the confidence to KNOW you can do it. If you have to ask for directions to upgrade the Wireless Adapter, you're not ready. I recommend you cancel your order or farm the LCD replacement out to a qualified shop.

EDIT: This may seem a little harsh. My point is not to put you down, but to have you seriously think about this. A functioning laptop with an HD+ screen will be a lot more fun than one with 2 borked screens. The WIFI card replacement is a better start point, provided you've got a 5 Ghz router to take advantage of it.
Actually I want to thank you, I was about to ruin my laptop. I am pretty sure now that if I will replace the screen myself it will not look like factory replacement and are good chances to ruin something in the procces. Beside this I found a external 24" monitor at the same price so it is a much better solution. But I still want direction how to replace the wifi card because my download speed right now is below 3mb/s and I pay for 15mb/s @ time w. cable.
I know that this is off topic but maybe somebody can help me.
I bought a optical mouse to use for fps games and for everyday use in general. The problem is that when I use the mouse in games it have some heretically behavior, it start firing by itself or after I press a button on the keyboard. It is not happening all the time but just once in a wile. It does at any fps game or at any game that require to use a mouse ( cod, battlefield, borderlands, metro 2033 etc.) . I checked the drivers and all are up to date. I really need your help because I don't know what the problem is. Do I need another mouse? Is this a incompatibility issue?

dstrakele
10-27-2011, 04:42 PM
If you're not traveling, I would agree your choice of a 24" monitor is a better solution. You can also use it as an extended desktop in conjunction with your laptop display.

Try updating your Atheros Wireless adapter driver to 9.2.1.432 or 9.1.2.439 and check your download speeds. I recall one person claimed the driver update increased his speed with the Atheros card.

Changing out the WIFI card is relatively easy. Uninstall your Atheros Wireless Adapter device from Device Manager. Unplug your laptop and remove the battery. Turn it on its back and open the back cover. Locate the Atheros card, remove the screw that holds it in and disconnect the 2 antenna wires. Flip the Atheros card up at an angle and slide it out. Replace the card with your new one in the reverse order. Replace the battery. Fire up your laptop and install the new driver for the new WIFI card you chose.

YouTube has some generic videos on removing and replacing laptop wireless adapters. Here are some threads you should read:

http://www.asusrog.com/forums/showthread.php?5126-Any-Kind-of-Lag-and-Atheros-WiFi-Card&highlight=Atheros+driver
http://www.asusrog.com/forums/showthread.php?4556-Options-for-replacing-the-Atheros-wifi-card-G53SW
http://www.asusrog.com/forums/showthread.php?4891-I-bought-a-new-intel-6300-wireless-kit-for-G74-but-..

For your mouse issue, confrm you've disabled your touchpad. I recommend upgrading to the latest Sentelic or Synaptic touchpad driver, depending what you have on your system. The driver configuration allows you to disable the touchpad when a USB mouse is installed. Some folks have reported the mouse reactivates even though it has been disabled in the earler version drivers. You can also try Fn-F9 to disable the touchpad.

Cupcake
10-28-2011, 04:45 PM
For your mouse issue, confrm you've disabled your touchpad. I recommend upgrading to the latest Sentelic or Synaptic touchpad driver, depending what you have on your system. The driver configuration allows you to disable the touchpad when a USB mouse is installed. Some folks have reported the mouse reactivates even though it has been disabled in the earler version drivers. You can also try Fn-F9 to disable the touchpad.[/QUOTE]

Thank you, you are being really helpful! The mouse is working fine after I disable the touchpad.

Sloppy
11-27-2011, 04:20 PM
Great post! I am really enjoying my new 1080 matte screen.

g74sx_dubrovnik
10-29-2012, 03:40 PM
Hello guys,
I have G74sx-BBK7 with 1600x900 screen, but I have gtx 560m 3d capable, so I want to replace my screen with 1920x1080 120 Hz.
I was searching for that screen on laptopscreen web page, and I found that only one available is the one for G74SX-91171V (3D). The problem is, my screen has 40 pin LED socket, and the one which I found for G74SX-91171V (3D) is 50 pin data connector.
Can you please tell me which screen did you buy, and is it 3d capable (120Hz)?
Your help is much appreciated :)

nbssss
10-30-2012, 03:17 AM
Hello guys,
The problem is, my screen has 40 pin LED socket, and the one which I found for G74SX-91171V (3D) is 50 pin data connector.


Hence why we can't upgrade our g74sx-bbk7's to 120hz/3D unfortunately.
Best we can do is upgrade to 60Hz full HD, which is what i did (or rather my original screen broke lol)
I think i did a youtube tutorial on the screen replacement from that website a while back, they paid me like $30 to do it, which was cool :cool:
Can't remember my youtube login or the video name though sorry lol, good luck with it though, its not as hard as most people think and this is coming from your averge Joe who has only replaced one screen in his life :)

let me know if you need any help installing

g74sx_dubrovnik
10-30-2012, 10:54 AM
Thanks for your reply :)
I found some video tutorials on youtube, it shouldnīt be a problem replacing it.
I know itīs offtopic, but since Iīm here already, what ssd (60gb) and Ram upgrade can you recommend?

nbssss
10-30-2012, 11:40 PM
Thanks for your reply :)
I found some video tutorials on youtube, it shouldnīt be a problem replacing it.
I know itīs offtopic, but since Iīm here already, what ssd (60gb) and Ram upgrade can you recommend?

Actually my laptop is dead ATM due to a BIOS update (avoid updating unless must!) .
Once i get the tools to fix it, I plan to upgrade the ssd to sandisk 120gb ($100 on eBay), I've heard good things about corsair aswell.
I'd recommend 120gb though unless u can get a good deal, 60gb seems to be more expensive in Australia, dont know why...
I also plan to add a 8gb corsair ($40) ram to my current 2x4gb stock, which would give me 16 total (there are 4slots), (gives me the option of full 32gb in future lol)
I'd also highly recommend upgrading the wifi card, I'd advise the Intel 6235 - super fast, has Bluetooth 4.0, u can get it for $20, and its very easy to install.

Good luck mate :)