Macbook Display Problem (A1181)

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  1. stav4187 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    I am hoping someone may be able to help me - i have an old Macbook A1181 which has now got a display error, upon starting the macbook the display is fine for the first minute or so - then it starts developing a scrambled type of image where the screen is so unstable the image is distorted and scrambled - almost like interference..... I have connected it to my hdmi tv using mini dvi adapter and the image is stable on the tv albeit not great quality....

    My question is it the screen that needs replacing or is it the logic board ???

    I have attached a couple of images so you can see what i mean and any advice greatly appreciated....
     

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  2. No-Me macrumors 6502a

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    Your GPU is broken, fixing is quite expensive as you would need a new logic board. :(
     
  3. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    So the GPU isn't needed for the output to the OP's TV?
     
  4. stav4187 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the advice - there are A1181 1.83ghz logic boards on eBay - is it as easy as taking old one out and replacing with a new one ???
    I can't afford a new MacBook so am sad now.
     
  5. stav4187 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    HELP - I have just read an article regarding "reflowing" the gpu !!! Basically cooking the gpu to re set (flow) the solder correctly. There are lots of people that have had success doing this !!! Is it worth me giving it a go - what's the worst that could happen ?!?! I get a broken MacBook ....
     
  6. No-Me macrumors 6502a

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    Yes it is, but it's not 100% broken, that's why it works for a while or that's why it works with bad quality. It's a known problem with the old MacBooks and MacBook Pro's. I had exact the same problem with my old (non) retina MacBook Pro. Apple had a special program for it to replace the logic boards.
     
  7. jido macrumors regular

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    I had display issues similar to this on a Thinkpad. It was the display cable, not the graphics card. I replaced it and it works perfectly fine now.
     
  8. No-Me macrumors 6502a

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    How would a broken display cable cause the issues on the screen connected through the external display connector? Those are separate connectors on the logic board.

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    If it's the exact same as you have than it's should be as easy as that.
     
  9. stav4187 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks again - are you able to tell me exactly how you cooked it in the oven - its worth a go.....
     
  10. jido macrumors regular

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    I didn't read that the external display image was scrambled. I read:

     
  11. stav4187 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I have cooked my logic board tonight !!! I will put it all back together in the morning and we will see if it works......... #omg
     
  12. stav4187 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Dream !

    Guys thanks for all the advice just thought I would let you know that cooking my logic board to reflow the solder has worked a dream.... The MacBook is alive and screen is perfect. I'm a happy chap.
     

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