Black screen iMac icons visible with torch

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Ljd, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. Ljd macrumors newbie

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    Hi
    I'm new to asking for help on forums but I'm stuck and could do with a bit of advice.
    I have a 2012 a1419 iMac 27. I bought it with a black screen, but the icons are visible with a torch. Plugging in an external monitor works fine.
    I've tried replacing the whole LCD unit -no good.
    I'm about to try a new display cable, but the costs are mounting......
    I know it must be a backlight issue, but I can't see any separate module/board on this machine for that.
    What could it be, and how can I fix it? Fuse, cable, chip...... im willing to try anything (as the wife is pretty unhappy with the costs......).
    Everything else seems fine.
    Help please...
    Thanks
    L :)
     
  2. CWallace macrumors 603

    CWallace

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    Seattle, WA
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    Might not be the backlight, but the cable that connects the backlight to the LCD. Doing a Google search returned results that the cold solder used can crack with age. Re-soldering the connector fixes the issue.
     
  3. Ljd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi thanks for this. Are there any videos etc anywhere where I could see/follow how to try this? Would I see the crack under a microscope, or is it too difficult to see. Would I need to unsolder the whole thing to start again?
    I'm trying the new cable itself first (when it arrives). Someone else suggested a fuse, but I have no schematics so see which it is. There are posts elsewhere about other machines' fuses, but I can't see on my board which it is (white spot on top)...
     

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