LCD Backlight Life

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by MoparShaha, Apr 27, 2004.

  1. MoparShaha macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2003
    San Francisco
    I have a 12" PowerBook and an external monitor. Usually, I just use the PowerBook in closed lid mode with the monitor. I would like to use the PowerBook's built in screen to have extended desktop, but I'm worried about burning out the backlight if I use it too much. I've seen older laptops, and the displays are usually so dim because of a worn out backlight. Now, I only plan on keeping this PowerBook another two years at maximum, so should I be worried? Am I just being silly?
  2. Klopsi69 macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2004
    hmm. I'm wondering the same thing (exact same situation), and i hope u are just being silly. Maybe a compromise, with the power saving set so that it dims automatically after inactivity?

    How much does a new backlight cost?
  3. mrviga macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2004
    Dont be so paraniod. I went through the same syndrome with my iPods battery, telling myself I should only use it when I needed to so I dont kill the battery too quick. I don't care anymore...thank god for applecare! I would however, set the screen to turn off completely after say 10 minutes of inactivity. Thats what I do with my 3 yewar old Dell laptop and it still works like a champ, even for a Dell. This way you save power and your PB screen.
  4. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    I do IT work at a high school and even own old clam shell books are looking GREAT. I have used my screen rather heavily on my own 15 inch Aluminum PowerBook that I bought 3 days after the Paris announcement and it still looks good as new!

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