broken screen on 1st gen Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by grens, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. grens macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2009
    I just recently dropped my Macbook and broke the screen. Instead of having apple replace it I was going to try to save a lot of money and do it myself. I have a few questions that maybe someone could help me out with.

    First, I was going to buy the replacement screen here:
    $170. I was looking on ebay to see if I could find one that was cheaper and found this:|66:2|65:12|39:1|240:1308|301:1|293:1|294:50

    Now the thing is, on ebay the screen says it has a CCFL backlight,not a LED. The one on missionrepair doesn't say anything and I called them and they were unsure, only that they get them straight from the manufacturer.

    So my final question is, does anyone know what type of backlight a 1st generation Macbook have? If it has a CCFL then I'm going to save my $70 and get the one from ebay. If anyone has any advice or input, that would be great. Thanks!
  2. johndavidwright macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2008
    i wouldnt buy a macbook screen off of ebay but thats just me.
  3. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    All the macbooks except the unibody ones are CCFL backlit.
  4. joeybagadonutz macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2007
    I know that terrible feeling looking at a broken LCD. I had a very positive experience using iResq for $189 plus shipping. The price included a new screen and installation. I used iResq because they are "Apple Authorized" and my Macbook is still under original Applecare. They received, repaired and shipped my unit on the same day. It looks perfectly new.

    You can get a used screen from ebay for $85-$125 if you want to DIY. ifixit has a great guide.

    Option 3 is always an external LCD.
  5. grens thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2009
    hey thanks a lot. I think I'm going to suck it up and dish out the extra 70 bucks and get it done professionally.

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