An Option

The part that broke is called an LCD Mask, Toshiba part number P000388420. I did a Google Search for it and the prices are around $180 ± $50. This, as it turns out, is very close to the “official” price from Nation Parts Depot (Toshiba’s parts vendor) of $172.22.

For fun, I decided to check on eBay. Low and behold, I found an auction for the exact part I’m looking for. Even better, it would only be about $60 with shipping, as of now. But seriously, how often do these buggers break? Methinks not that often.

Despite the fact I would have to spend 60 of my hard earned dollars, it would still be cheaper then driving down to Lone Tree and back, and paying the $75 express fee to get them to look at my laptop now…instead of in 10 days or whatever.

I’m going to check with Toshiba directly to see if they’ll just send me the part if I send mine back.

One Reply to “An Option”

  1. Andrew check sparepartswarehouse, they have the part for $133 http://www.sparepartswarehouse.com/Toshiba,Laptop,Part,P000388420.aspx
    Just out of curiosity, what kind of warranty did you have, i just found myself in the same position as you, took my tablet out of my backback to find the screen cracked, i still can’t figure out how it cracked, as i’m always very careful with it, and with it in my backpack.
    Keep us posted as to what happens, re replacing the lcd mask.
    If you check out tablet pc buzz, the lcd mask breaking seems to be a very common problem w/ the 3500 & m200 models. Knowing this Toshiba should really cover it under the warranty, b/c it is obvioudly a design flaw, a couple of users have actually speculated that it might be due to the rubber feet.

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