2007 White Macbook core 2 duo backlight problem

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by soccer72727, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. soccer72727 macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2013
    Model # A1181
    The backlight of the macbook seems to randomly turn off but the screen continues to work, i can see it still working in a well lit room. to fix it temporarily, I can lower the brightness all the way with f1 and then press f2 once to get it to the lowest setting with the backlight on. if i put it up higher, the backlight shuts off more quickly. I dont think the screen angle has anything to do with it. my gf thinks it sometimes turns off when she tilts the screen but i think its just a coincidence and is already about to turn off. every once in a while the screen will last for long periods of time before failing, but it usually doesn't last more than a few minutes, sometimes 5 minutes, sometimes just under a minute.

    I am almost positive it is the inverter but could it be something else?
  2. rampancy macrumors regular


    Jul 22, 2002
    From the sound of it, yeah, it looks like the inverter, but my suspicion is that the inverter cable may also be pinched. Either way, replacing the inverter and it's associated cables is likely your best bet.
  3. Meinlsync macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2011
    I'm having the same problem, as my budget is a little tight can anyone tell me if his particular issue (that can be over come by turing brightness off and on again) is the actual inverter or just the cable? I don't want to have to end up buying both because I got it wrong the first time.

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