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Old Nov 24, 2012, 05:06 PM   #1
naamankaa
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Possibly to replace Macbook air 13 mid 2011 display?

So, I have a mid 2011 Macbook air 13 with broken display. I'm looking for a way to fix this myself as I have prior experience with replacing laptop displays.

My question is that is it even possible to replace the display of the Macbook air's with 1440x900 displays? I'm talking about only replacing the display panel not the whole display assembly.

I found this video from youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHlQ904ft6k I think it's not the mid 2011 model but do you guys think that the prosedure would be the same?

My second question is that can I replace the mid 2011 macbook air's 1440x900 display with 1280x800 display or do I have to look for 1440x900 displays? Would this one work http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-13-3-Mac...#ht_4033wt_986? Or do it have to be something like this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LG-PHILIPS...item19d4d53f6e?

All help is appreciated
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 09:20 PM   #2
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I have broken Sony vgn-z from 2009 with great 13 inch screen. I would buy MBA or MBP 13 inch if I knew that display transplant would work.
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 09:32 PM   #3
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Checkout the iFixit guide. Basically, all you can do is replace the whole display unit, not just the screen. Seems to cost $599 for a replacement. Might be better off selling the laptop for parts.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 04:51 AM   #4
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I am in the process of replacing the LED lcd display in a 2011 A1369.

The powerbook medic instructional is not the same procedure, that one is WAYYY easier to do. I have done both and i must say the LED lcd is much more difficult to remove since you have to separate the LED display from other film layers without damaging them and damaging the LED Backlight (which i might have done) .

This is the instructional I watched http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHNtnvzfSzY - It is deceiving how easy they make it look.

Right now I am at the point where the new lcd is ready to be installed but now the LED backlight is no longer lighting up. From my research I have seen that others have encountered this problem as well.

I have done other LCD replacements in the past and this by far the most difficult one i have encountered and I can see why many people suggest just swapping out the whole top assmebly. smh. Now I just need to find out why the LED backlight is no longer working and I will be able to move forward.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 05:54 AM   #5
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I am in the process of replacing the LED lcd display in a 2011 A1369.

The powerbook medic instructional is not the same procedure, that one is WAYYY easier to do. I have done both and i must say the LED lcd is much more difficult to remove since you have to separate the LED display from other film layers without damaging them and damaging the LED Backlight (which i might have done) .

This is the instructional I watched http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHNtnvzfSzY - It is deceiving how easy they make it look.

Right now I am at the point where the new lcd is ready to be installed but now the LED backlight is no longer lighting up. From my research I have seen that others have encountered this problem as well.

I have done other LCD replacements in the past and this by far the most difficult one i have encountered and I can see why many people suggest just swapping out the whole top assmebly. smh. Now I just need to find out why the LED backlight is no longer working and I will be able to move forward.
Is your macbook the one with 13" display? Where did you buy your replacement display? Did you use 1440x900 or 1280x800 display?

Looking forward to hearing for how it all went All tips are welcome as I will have the same procedure facing me as soon as I find reasonably priced replacement display.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 01:43 AM   #6
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Is your macbook the one with 13" display? Where did you buy your replacement display? Did you use 1440x900 or 1280x800 display?

Looking forward to hearing for how it all went All tips are welcome as I will have the same procedure facing me as soon as I find reasonably priced replacement display.
Yes this MBA is the 13 inch display A1369. The lcd i bought was this one here. ebay price is $249. http://www.skyline-eng.com/index.cfm...roduct_ID=8726

Im Still in the process of reparing it. This job has become a nightmare honestly but I have learned alot. I have lost alot of sleep over getting it done the last 3 days.

I must caution you that YOU MUST DISCONNECT THE BATTERY FROM THE LOGIC BOARD BEFORE REMOVING THE LCD OR REMOVING THE LCD LVDS CABLE from the old lcd. - Alot of people speak of no backlight working after switching out the new lcd. If you don't dis-connect the battery from the logic prior to removal it shorts out a fuse on the logic referred to as the F9800. On other model Macbook Pro Unibodies it is also referred to as the WLED circuit.

I concluded that it is the culrpit from reading this thread. http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=972699

And this thread by Cmdrdata - http://forums.macrumors.com/showthre...1163253&page=2

My next step is to remove the logic board, locate the f9800 fuse and replace it or bridge the connection with solder (which is not recommend because it could later short and fry other components)

Luckily the user: Cmdrdata lives in the Dallas area (as do i) so my next step is contact him and see if he can help me locate the f9800 fuse and fix it.

I will keep you updated and let you know if this fixes the backlight issue. And maybe by then I can rest easy!
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