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Ok, so about a week ago, a friend gave me their broken macbook in hopes that I could fix it (it was dropped from a table) - i've attached several pics - hopefully you guys can figure out what model it is (pic 1 is keyboard). I posted about it a little bit ago, hoping for some general ideas, and i've also started doing my own diagnostics. But first, some pics.

Pic 2 shows what it looks like when booting up - its a mess. Its basically just tons and tons of vertical lines (all blue). After a while (i.e. once it logs in), you get some other colors, like pink, and so on (pic 3). From the previous thread, the general consensus was that it was either the screen or GPU which had died.

So I've plugged it into an older monitor of mine, and I seems to work just fine on there (image wise). In addition, it seems like the macbook's screen is also updating SOMEWHAT correctly. I.e., moving the mouse causes a black bar to move across the screen. The other thing i've "discovered" is that the second screen is actually a screen extension - NOT a clone. While this isnt important technically, it means its impossible to log in to run any sort of tests (yes, the owner has said its fine for me to login - they gave me the password and everything). Is there a key like windows which switches the external-monitor mode?


So essentially my question is, what do I do? Apple is asking some $800 for them to fix it, which is completely insane. However, im no expert at fixing mac laptops, so:

1. Is it the screen? (im fairly sure it is, but if anyone has any other ideas, i'd like to hear them).
2. How do I replace the screen? (just link a guide or something).
3. Where do I get a replacement screen? (agian, a link, model name, anything).


Pic 1. 450
Any idea on the model / year / anything? Its supposedly about 5 years old.

Pic 2. 450
The screen during the boot time. Uniform blue (that seems washed out).

Pic3. 450
The screen once its at the login screen. If you move the cursor, a black vertical column will move with it (you cant see the cursor). I THINK that the vertical columns are basically made of the average color for that column.
Edited by doomlord52 - 4/23/12 at 8:32pm
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definitely sound like the screen is broken and that the gpu is fine. you can find out the model by typing the serial number into Apple's tech spec page. then i would just google how to replace the screen on that model macbook.
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Check if the monitor cable is loose.
Sounds like it might have loosened in the fall.
 
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Originally Posted by doomlord52 View Post

Ok, so about a week ago, a friend gave me their broken macbook in hopes that I could fix it (it was dropped from a table) - i've attached several pics - hopefully you guys can figure out what model it is (pic 1 is keyboard). I posted about it a little bit ago, hoping for some general ideas, and i've also started doing my own diagnostics. But first, some pics.

Pic 2 shows what it looks like when booting up - its a mess. Its basically just tons and tons of vertical lines (all blue). After a while (i.e. once it logs in), you get some other colors, like pink, and so on (pic 3). From the previous thread, the general consensus was that it was either the screen or GPU which had died.

So I've plugged it into an older monitor of mine, and I seems to work just fine on there (image wise). In addition, it seems like the macbook's screen is also updating SOMEWHAT correctly. I.e., moving the mouse causes a black bar to move across the screen. The other thing i've "discovered" is that the second screen is actually a screen extension - NOT a clone. While this isnt important technically, it means its impossible to log in to run any sort of tests (yes, the owner has said its fine for me to login - they gave me the password and everything). Is there a key like windows which switches the external-monitor mode?


So essentially my question is, what do I do? Apple is asking some $800 for them to fix it, which is completely insane. However, im no expert at fixing mac laptops, so:

1. Is it the screen? (im fairly sure it is, but if anyone has any other ideas, i'd like to hear them).
2. How do I replace the screen? (just link a guide or something).
3. Where do I get a replacement screen? (agian, a link, model name, anything).


Pic 1. 450
Any idea on the model / year / anything? Its supposedly about 5 years old.

Pic 2. 450
The screen during the boot time. Uniform blue (that seems washed out).

Pic3. 450
The screen once its at the login screen. If you move the cursor, a black vertical column will move with it (you cant see the cursor). I THINK that the vertical columns are basically made of the average color for that column.



 

 

 

It may be the screen but it is hard to tell. If you look on ebay you can find a clamshell top piece for it. Just take the thing apart and the screen comes right off with a few screws and releaseing of the video/isight cable and wifi antenna

then just put a new one on and you are set. But I have seen where that is the GPU....

can you connect an external monitor to it without issues?

 
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can you connect an external monitor to it without issues?

Yea, I can.
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Then it is the screen. Open it up and see if the monitor cable came loose. if not you gotta replace the screen. If you live int he NY area ( near Rye, NY) you can contact me and I may be able to assist you further.

 
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Then it is the screen. Open it up and see if the monitor cable came loose. if not you gotta replace the screen. If you live int he NY area ( near Rye, NY) you can contact me and I may be able to assist you further.

Yea, thats what im thinking.

Dont think you'll be able to help me though, im several thousand KM away.
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looks like something to do with the horizontal lines is broken, Check the ribbon cable that connects the screen to the motherboard.
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