Does this look like a bad LCD Inverter?

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  1. TechieJustin macrumors 6502

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    a 2006 Intel Core 2 Duo 17"
    here's a picture from my friend's cellphone. Could we just replace the inverter and that's it? It doesn't seem too difficult.
     

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  2. Ca$hflow macrumors 6502

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    weird. good luck with it. ifixit.com would probibly give you a step by step instructions on how to replace it. It's helped me with slot drive and hard drive replacement.
     
  3. TechieJustin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I checked there, and I didn't see anything on the inverter replacement.
     
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    Ah ha, so if you were to replace something, what would it be?
    Cable?
     
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    Nothing. Any parts you replace will be more than the value of the machine.
     
  7. TechieJustin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    so replacing the whole LCD for $100 is worth more than the machine? I can do the repair myself.
     
  8. JonnyUK macrumors newbie

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    That's almost identical to the problem we have with a similar 2006 iMac where I work...

    I remember when we first discovered it, it was reported all over these forums (this was quite a while ago!) and it turned out that a bunch of iMac's all produced within a range of weeks (similar serial no's) were coming up with this problem, all around the same time and after the warranty. Apple would not replace/repair without charging a large fee which was not worth it (despite the fact it appears to be a common fault which would have always been present but took time to show). I seem to remember Apple said you'd need to replace the 'mainboard' or in other words, motherboard - despite the fact external displays are absolutely fine so it's obviously an issue specific to the display.

    In the end we have bought a new monitor and hooked it up to the iMac - far cheaper, acceptable result.
     
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    the serial number seems to be in the range.
     
  13. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    So decision is up to you: replace (certainly damaged) LCD and see what happens later, use it as is with external display or sell it. Logic board exchange might be not worth, like JonnyUK wrote.
     

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