Display problem, please confirm

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by hippy dave, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. hippy dave macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2009
    My MBA has had this screen issue that I could previously always resolve by fiddling with it, but it's recently got worse and I'm struggling to get it working at all. The video background is quite dark but you might see my hand tilting the screen a bit, I was also pressing on the back a bit.

    I'm thinking of replacing the whole display assembly. Please can you clever people confirm that it's just the display assembly that wants replacing, and not the logic board? Or could it be cable related, or...?
  2. Ffosse macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    Wow! No idea but hopefully you can get it sorted.
  3. madrich macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2012
    World Class City of Chicago
    What model and year is MBA?
  4. hippy dave thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2009
    It's a Mid-2011 13", i5 1.7ghz, thanks.
  5. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    When you say fiddling with it fixed it, do yo mean that if you moved the hinge back and forth eventually you would find a position where it would work correctly?
  6. hippy dave thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2009
    Basically yeah - careful nudging of the hinge position, and sometimes pressing on the back of the screen. I realise that both those movements could affect the cables, and possibly even stuff inside the bottom half of the computer, so that's why I'm hoping someone can tell me which part(s) are the likely culprit.
  7. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
    I would guess there is something wrong with LCD or cable... leaning toward LCD is cracked somewhere because I think (and I could be wrong about this) video data from cable is either all or nothing (simply would be no video if issue was with cable). If problems are absent from external display then this means issue is limited to either cable or LCD. That is the limit of what you can test without disassembly.

    The cable connects to a board that is behind the bottom bezel. The connector is slightly to the right of center. If pressing on the back of the screen induces the distortion then it would seem likely LCD is faulty because cable is fairly isolated from back of display.
  8. hippy dave thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2009
    Thanks. Just as an update, I finally got it working again this evening and it's been perfect for a few hours, though I'm apprehensive that it will be problematic again after it's been to sleep.

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