Broken screen and I need to back up data

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by asphalt-proof, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. asphalt-proof macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2003
    My friend's son dropped his Macbook off his loft bed the other day. As a result, he broke the LCD screen to the point that everything is just black. Every thing else seems to be ok (you can hear the hard drive spool up and the start up process seems to be ok)

    I told him he will want to back up all his data before sending it off to IresQ.
    What is the process for hooking up the MB to an external monitor? Does he need a miniDVI cord? Will it automatically see the monitor and display to it on startup? Thanks for any information.
  2. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    What kind of MacBook is it? Is it one of the brand-spankin' new ones, or an older one? Easy way to check is to look at the bottom. If it's rubbery stuff with a big Apple logo, then it's a new one. Older ones are white plastic with a removable battery.

    If it's a new one, you'll need one of these guys:

    Older one? One of these will do the trick:
  3. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
    If the MacBook has a FireWire port, you can just boot it into target mode by holding the "t" key during startup.
    When you hook it up to another Mac then using a FireWire cable, it will be displayed as an external hard drive and you can backup everything you need.
  4. l.a.rossmann macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2009
    I would recommend not shipping it with the hard drive. This is the safest route.

    I'd plug the drive into another machine and make an image of it so it is 100% restore-able in the case of any loss.
  5. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2009
    First shine a flashlight on it or something to see if it's just the backlight that's broken, and if you still cannot see anything then you will need to replace the inverter AND the screen.
  6. sonspot macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario Canada
    not sure why you would need to replace the inverter and the screen, if the inverter is work leave it alone, i just paid $60 last week for a lg lcd and replaced it myself.

    could be GPU?, lucky for me the lcd worked with 1000 cracks, so i only replaced the screen..

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