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MacBook display problems

by connorregan--2008 / August 22, 2008 6:31 AM PDT

I have a macbook that was given the ol beer in the keyboard treatment and went dark with a ghost image, before I bought it, leading me to believe that it was the inverter board had blown, I bought one online and replaced it but to no avail. The previous owner obviously had very little knowledge as they left a few screws out on reassembly but I don't think they should matter a lot. I could of course use it with an external monitor but kind of defeats the purpose of a laptop. So would like to get the display working without having to buy a new display. I cannot seem to find out if it is possible to replace the backlight, if this is the problem, or to find one for sale online, even on the excellent ifixit site. It is a 2Ghz intel core 2 duo.
If anyone has any ideas I would be very grateful,
Thanking you,

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There's nothing like the "beer in the keyboard" treatment
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 22, 2008 10:50 AM PDT

to sort out the men from the boys.
You mentioned that you could always use it with an external monitor.

I have to ask, before you spend any, or more, money on this, have your tried this yet and do you know for a fact that it will produce video from the video out port?

No video there would surely be a symptom of some thing rotten in Denmark.

Of course, if there is video, then it might be easier to look for an entire screen on ebay rather than just a back light. I'm not sure if the back light is a replaceable part on that machine of if the entire screen/backlight has to be replaced.


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The beer effect.
by connorregan--2008 / August 22, 2008 11:08 AM PDT

Thanks for that, I have to wait and get the right connection for the external monitor, they have changed since I used one on my G4, I have the right output from the macbook but at the other end the socket is missing four pins, making it impossible to join to a monitor. The reason I think it should work on the external is that there is still a faint image of a perfectly working os visible when the display is lit from behind, and in front for that matter, the same as when before I fixed an inverter problem on older macs.
Here's hoping.

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It does sound like a backlight,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 22, 2008 10:55 PM PDT
In reply to: The beer effect.

Apple supply those connectors, one for VGA and another for DVI.

They are around $20 each


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MacBook display problems
by connorregan--2008 / October 16, 2008 9:37 AM PDT

Hi the macbook does work with an external monitor. I am assuming that what is wrong is the backlight bulb, does anyone know if this can be replaced?

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 16, 2008 10:29 AM PDT

Yes, this can be replaced, for a fee.
Probably a rather large one.

Check with your local Apple Authorized Service Provider


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