Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Notebooks > MacBook Pro

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Dec 3, 2007, 03:26 PM   #1
AreanFSL
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
All of a sudden a blank screen. Damaged Inverter board or bulb

Hello Everyone -

To begin with, I own a MBP Intel Core Duo 2.0/2 Gigs of ram. I've had this laptop for roughly 18 months and do not have Applecare. I take extreme good care of all my stuff and still baby it till this day. I have NEVER bumped the laptop against anything, accidently dropped it too hard on the desk or anything similar along the lines. Essentially, looking new!

About 2 days ago, I was working with my laptop and I closed the lid which made the computer go to sleep. Everything all normal & no appearance of anything!
Around mid-night, I opened the MBP's lid to check my email. (Computer awakes, I can hear the Superdrive awake) then boom, a blank screen. The monitor did not turn on then burn out, it was always off. Similar to if you dim your monitor all the way. I can still see the desktop however, there is no light. If I take my flashlight and point it to the desktop, I can see everything.

Now I need your help! I called a few places, and they described it is the Inverter board or could be the fluorescent bulb that is damaged. My reasoning for the inverter board is faulty is because when a fluorescent bulb goes out it, it tends to flicker at first. Researching this forum, I noticed most MBP users LCD's that go out, they flicker but, mine just went out and I can still see the desktop. Where can I order the inverter board? I tried powerbookmedic.com but they're out of stock. I will change the inverter board myself because it will be quicker and I need to use my laptop. It is currently hooked up to an external monitor until I can get this fixed.
I'll appreciate all the responses and thanks in advance.
AreanFSL is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 3, 2007, 03:32 PM   #2
TheStu
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Carlisle, PA
Quote:
Originally Posted by AreanFSL View Post
Hello Everyone -

To begin with, I own a MBP Intel Core Duo 2.0/2 Gigs of ram. I've had this laptop for roughly 18 months and do not have Applecare. I take extreme good care of all my stuff and still baby it till this day. I have NEVER bumped the laptop against anything, accidently dropped it too hard on the desk or anything similar along the lines. Essentially, looking new!

About 2 days ago, I was working with my laptop and I closed the lid which made the computer go to sleep. Everything all normal & no appearance of anything!
Around mid-night, I opened the MBP's lid to check my email. (Computer awakes, I can hear the Superdrive awake) then boom, a blank screen. The monitor did not turn on then burn out, it was always off. Similar to if you dim your monitor all the way. I can still see the desktop however, there is no light. If I take my flashlight and point it to the desktop, I can see everything.

Now I need your help! I called a few places, and they described it is the Inverter board or could be the fluorescent bulb that is damaged. My reasoning for the inverter board is faulty is because when a fluorescent bulb goes out it, it tends to flicker at first. Researching this forum, I noticed most MBP users LCD's that go out, they flicker but, mine just went out and I can still see the desktop. Where can I order the inverter board? I tried powerbookmedic.com but they're out of stock. I will change the inverter board myself because it will be quicker and I need to use my laptop. It is currently hooked up to an external monitor until I can get this fixed.
I'll appreciate all the responses and thanks in advance.
Sounds like what happened to my buddy's 2GHz Core Duo MacBook Pro. The inverter went out, he got it from PowerBookMedic, and I replaced it for him, works like a champ now.

You might try ebay, they have a store on there that might have them.
__________________
MacBook 1.83GHz Core Duo; 1024MB RAM (2*512MB); 100GB 5400RPM 16MB SATA150; ComboDrive; Intel GMA950; Black Keys, White Shell
TheStu is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 3, 2007, 03:55 PM   #3
AreanFSL
Thread Starter
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
TheStu - Thanks for the quick response!! Anyone else have similar problems? Where else can I order this part from?
AreanFSL is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 4, 2007, 10:41 PM   #4
AreanFSL
Thread Starter
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Thanks, anyone else?

Thanks, anyone else know where I can order one? Anyone else with my problem? Common/uncommon
AreanFSL is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 4, 2007, 10:59 PM   #5
Watermonkey
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: NE Washington State
Try Tigerdirect.com. They carry all sorts of stuff. If all else fails, I bet you could just call Apple and beg them to extend the warranty for you or at least sell you the part.
Watermonkey is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 4, 2007, 11:10 PM   #6
jeff^d
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Looks like We Love Macs carries them, for 15" at least.

http://www.welovemacs.com/9227191.html
jeff^d is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 4, 2007, 11:14 PM   #7
eman
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In the great white north
It's hard to say for sure exactly what the problem is. But, the inverter lights up the light in LCD panel. Your cheapest fix is to replace the inverter located in the LCD panel and if that doesn't work then the light is burned out in the LCD panel itself. You would be then looking at replacing LCD panel. Could also be a loose wire, but not likely.

You can find a guide here for the macbook pro:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/8237/macbookpro
There server is slow so be patient.

Currently there is no macbook pro inverters on ebay. Interestingly, the macbook pro inverter looks just like the macbook inverter. I don't know if they are interchangeable.
You could call Apple. I do have an spare macbook inverter.

Powerbookmedics have a macbook pro inverter for $70 and the link is below.
http://www.powerbookmedic.com/MacBoo...y-p-16873.html
eman is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 4, 2007, 11:52 PM   #8
TheStu
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Carlisle, PA
Quote:
Originally Posted by eman View Post
It's hard to say for sure exactly what the problem is. But, the inverter lights up the light in LCD panel. Your cheapest fix is to replace the inverter located in the LCD panel and if that doesn't work then the light is burned out in the LCD panel itself. You would be then looking at replacing LCD panel. Could also be a loose wire, but not likely.

You can find a guide here for the macbook pro:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/8237/macbookpro
There server is slow so be patient.

Currently there is no macbook pro inverters on ebay. Interestingly, the macbook pro inverter looks just like the macbook inverter. I don't know if they are interchangeable.
You could call Apple. I do have an spare macbook inverter.

Powerbookmedics have a macbook pro inverter for $70 and the link is below.
http://www.powerbookmedic.com/MacBoo...y-p-16873.html
The MacBook Pro inverter is significantly different from the MacBook, trust me I have held both in my hand (I was going to put mine in my friend's MacBook Pro but they are not compatible) so... that wouldn't work.
__________________
MacBook 1.83GHz Core Duo; 1024MB RAM (2*512MB); 100GB 5400RPM 16MB SATA150; ComboDrive; Intel GMA950; Black Keys, White Shell
TheStu is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 5, 2007, 03:10 PM   #9
AreanFSL
Thread Starter
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Thank you enthusiast. I have ordered the inverter and I'll update with the progress.
AreanFSL is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 17, 2007, 06:09 PM   #10
AreanFSL
Thread Starter
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
It has been a week or so since I have replaced the damaged part & I forgot to update this thread.
Yes - turns out it was the inverter! It works perfectly fine, except for the fact that I scratched my pristine condition MBP while taking off the case for install. It is centimeter small but, I will order a new case because I'm an anal owner!

Thank you to those who commented!
AreanFSL is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 29, 2009, 07:02 PM   #11
muntinalexa
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
dropped my macbook pro

The exact same thing happened to me when I dropped my macbook pro. The screen was extremely dark and initially I thought it was just a black screen. Then, when holding a flashlight up to it, I could make out the entire desktop and see the mouse moving and everything. Do you think it is the inverter I need to replace? And how much did that cost you?
muntinalexa is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 8, 2010, 10:59 PM   #12
xTheDreamer
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: May 2010
Do the Apple Store/distributor repair this inverter board problem or are they going to give you a new Macbook instead if it's a brand new macbook?
xTheDreamer is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Notebooks > MacBook Pro

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Palm rest cracking & inverter cable or board? Curtis 92 MacBook 1 Mar 15, 2014 07:08 PM
Inverter cable/board problem ??? mattpreece87 MacBook 1 Aug 30, 2013 06:50 PM
Screen black but text shows with flashlight. Does that mean inverter? Screen? AndyCalifornia MacBook 2 Jul 2, 2013 01:02 AM
No Backlight even with new LCD and inverter board + cable andymac24 MacBook 0 Apr 24, 2013 08:15 AM
iMac 2008. Inverter cable, Inverter or Screen? Twimfy iMac 5 Feb 10, 2013 06:13 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:47 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC