Are you seeing white dots on your TV screen? Don’t let fear of taking the back off of your TV deter you from fixing the problem. You’ll find the simplest 8 steps in this article to walk you through the process.
Here’s how you can remove the white dots on your TV:
- Take off the back cover
- Remove the internal plastic cover
- Unplug the speakers and ribbon cable
- Unclip the bottom circuit strips
- Remove the TV frame and the screen
- Carefully lift out the white sheets
- Glue down any loose plastic lenses
- Reassemble the TV
If that all sounds a little complicated, don’t worry. Read on and let’s walk through each step together.
White dots on your TV screen are nothing but frustrating. You were annoyed by the first one that appeared, but you soon managed to ignore him. Then another one reared its ugly head and yet another. Now they seem to get in the way of everything.
Don’t let the white dots drive you round the bend or disrupt your TV viewing for any longer. This article will include all the instructions you need to remove them.
Here’s a list of everything you’ll need to get this job done.
You Will Need
- 2 towels
- Screwdrivers of various sizes
- Flathead screwdriver
What if you’d rather see this job being done before you try to tackle it yourself? Then take a look at this tutorial video before you start.
You might feel a little intimidated by attempting to fix this problem on your own. But don’t! It’s like going swimming in cold water. Once you’ve taken the plunge, you’re good to go. Removing the back cover on your TV is like taking that plunge. It’s all plain sailing from here on!
Here’s how you should go about removing the back cover of your TV.
- Switch off the TV and unplug it at the mains
- Unscrew the stand or base off of the TV
- Lay a towel on the table and place the TV on top, screen side down. The towel will stop you from scratching the screen while you work.
- Undo all the screws on the back of the TV then lift the back cover off and lay it to one side
Once you’ve removed the back cover off of the TV, you will be able to see a plastic cover. This protects the speakers that are lying underneath it. We’ll have to take this off.
Here’s how you can go about removing the internal plastic cover.
- Remove each of the screws that are holding the plastic cover in place. There are normally about 4 screws to undo.
- Lift the plastic cover away and put it to one side
The next step is to unplug the speakers from the circuit board. You will also need to unplug the ribbon cable from the back of the TV. Now that you have removed the internal plastic cover, the speakers should be exposed.
These are the instructions you need to unplug the speakers and ribbon cable.
- Tease the speakers gently until they come loose
- Separate the speakers from the circuit board by pushing down on the plug and pulling the wires away from it
- Unplug the ribbon cable from the circuit board by lifting up the plugs and teasing the ribbon out from them
- You will then be able to lift the speakers and place them to one side
Now that you have removed the speakers, you will be able to unclip the bottom circuit strips. But first, you will have to clear the way for you to get to them.
This is what you will need to do.
- Undo the screws along the back edge of the TV frame. There will be lots of screws here so, make sure you keep them all together.
- Lift off the bottom protective cover and place it to one side
- You will then be able to undo the screws on the metal protective cover near the TV base. You should be able to lift this easily away from the TV using a flathead screwdriver. Place the screwdriver under the rim and lift it slightly to do so.
- Once the bottom circuit strips are exposed, carefully unclip them. You can do this by placing your fingers behind the holders and pushing towards you. Try not to touch the gold part of the circuit board whilst you remove this.
You’ll need a buddy for this one, so make sure you phone a friend, then come back. Oh, and go ahead and reward yourself with a cup of coffee while you’re waiting. You’ve earned it!
For the next stage, you’ll need to remove the TV frame and the screen. To do this, follow these steps.
- Get a friend to hold the TV upright on its side
- Remove the frame and screen over the front edge of the TV. You can do this by gently teasing it away. If it doesn’t feel like it will come away easily, you may have missed a screw on the back. Make sure all the screws are undone before pulling on the frame.
We need to get to the white sheets in order to fix our white dot issue. But before we can get to them, we will have to remove a couple more obstacles that are in the way.
This is how to do it.
- Put the TV back down on the towel
- Spread out the other towel onto a work surface
- Grab hold of the metal handles to lift the back of the TV away from the screen. Lay the screen on the other towel.
- Flip the TV so that it is on its front
- Loosen the black tabs to unclip the plastic frame. You should be able to do this with your fingers. Be gentle as these tabs are fragile.
- Remove the plastic frame and lay it to one side
- Carefully remove the white sheets. You can do this by peeling them back with your fingers. Gently place them to one side.
Now here’s where we can actually work on fixing our white dot problem. We’re now on the home straight! In this step, you’ll be able to repair any loose lenses by sticking them firmly in their locations.
To do this, follow these steps.
- Remove any loose plastic lenses. You can check if they are loose by pulling on them gently. This should expose 3 rubber holes.
- Place superglue on the three feet of each loose lens. You can do this by squeezing some superglue onto a toothpick. Then rub the toothpick against each leg of the lens.
- Stick the lenses in their places. Make sure that the three feet of each lens are sitting directly in the holes. The push down firmly.
- Allow the lenses to dry and for the glue to cure. This should take at least 2 hours (or go by the specified drying time for your superglue).
Once the lenses have dried in place, you should have fixed the problem. So now it’s time to put everything back the same way you took it apart. Once it’s all back together, turn on the TV and test the screen. Now that’s a job well done.
Seeing white dots on your TV screen is distracting and frustrating. But getting rid of them could seem a little daunting without the right instructions. That’s why I’m sure that this article’s clear, easy-to-follow steps have been of assistance to you.
Have a great day!