Internal display flickering?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by therealseebs, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2010
    Late 2010 13" MBA. The internal display has just started flickering. This is completely absent at half-brightness (say, the way the screen dims when idle), but at full brightness it's VERY noticeable. Not affected by whether or not I'm plugged in. Just started today. No effect from sleeping, rebooting, power cycling, etc.

    I'm just guessing that this means I have to drop it off at an Apple Store and wait a week, doesn't it.
  2. macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2011
    Well, sort of. What you can do is go into the store and have the issue diagnosed. If they don't have the part in stock (they probably won't, but it's happened), they will order it, and you go home with your old flickering machine. When they get the part, they will call you and you will bring it in again. How long it'll take for them to do the actual repair will depend on how busy they are--could be on the spot (not sure if that's possible since I'm guessing there are quite a few diagnostics they would need to run if they have to replace the display), could be 24 hours, could be longer. Then you come back and pick it up. It means 3 trips to the store for you instead of 2, but this way the machine isn't sitting in their storage room while they're waiting for the part, and you can still use it.

    Good luck!
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2010
    The store's about 40 miles from me. I'm actually thinking of calling in and doing the shipping-based repair just because the drive is such a hassle.
  4. macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2011
    Yuck. Yeah, if you can manage without the computer for a week, that seems like the easier option.
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2010
    I ended up going in and dropping it off, but they'll ship it back to me. Some day.

    Gotta say, the service is pretty good, apart from the thing where they didn't have a magic wand they could wave to Just Make It Better. While I was there, they were helping someone with one of the silver-looking powerbook G4s, and they covered some stuff under warranty for someone with a black macbook that was 67 days out of warranty.

    And here's me with a notebook that's maybe four months old, boring.
  6. macrumors 68040


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    I just had to bring in my laptop for random shutdowns and the screen going bonkers like the tv in the movie "the ring" They had it for 5 days and replaced the logic board. Everything seems to be fine now, hopefully nothing else happens "knock on wood"
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2010
    Just a followup: It's back. The service center people reseated a connector, so quite possibly if the people at the store had known this could be the issue, they could have fixed it.

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