I bought my daughter a Dell Mini 1012 last June and she loves it. After she had it only a couple of months the LCD got broken "by mysterious means". She claimed nothing happened to it - the cracks just showed up. I told her she could get it fixed as soon as she came up with the money. More than 6 months later she was still using it with the cracked screen (not very effectively I might say since about 20% of the screen was obscured).
Last week I started looking into repair options again and after some research on the 3rd parties offering LCDs I ran into this thread. With the description of the process here plus the video it looked really easy. Monday I ordered the high res LCD from LaptopScreen.com - $62 including 2-day shipping. The screen was delivered today and I'm happy to say that the netbook is like new again (or actually better). The whole install process took 20 minutes and the hardest part was getting the tiny screws on the side of the LCD back in.
If it hadn't been for the install description and video I don't know how long it would have taken. Not sure that I would have had the courage to try getting everything apart. Even worse, if I'd followed the Dell instructions I would have the entire thing laying with its guts out on the table now (which obviously is totally unnecessary). Thanks again for the help and pointers here. To anyone else that is thinking about doing this - GO FOR IT! I can definitely recommend LaptopScreen.com as well based on my experience.
Oh, and the best part? Earning big points with the teenager. Even got a hug out of it.