Macbook Screen/backlight mystery

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by tylerdrhs10, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. tylerdrhs10 macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2010
    Ok, so I have a 2008 White body model Macbook with 2 gigs of ram and 2.1 core duo processor. My problem is that the screen won't turn on...when I start up my computer it lights up for a second, but turns off before the apple sign shows up. If I look really close I can see everything. Oddly enough, if I press the brightness button so to decrease the brightness to the very last bar and then hit the f2 button to turn up the brightness by one, the light will turn on for a few seconds, if i continually go back and forth, I can sort of use it enough to do something with it (thank god because I had all my work for school on it). I have included a link with this thread so you can see what I mean.

    Please let me know what the problem is and some solutions.
  2. eman macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2007
    In the great white north
    Replace the inverter under the clutch cover. This is your cheapest option and you should try this first. The inverter is what bring the light to your lcd and it must be weak.
  3. tylerdrhs10 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2010
    How to make a definitive diagnosis

    Thank you for the help! But it could be either the screen or the inverter or even possibly the interverter cable? so would there be anyway to narrow these choices down?
  4. l.a.rossmann macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2009
    I could parcel post you a cracked lcd that lights up so you can see if it's the light in your screen that's bad or the inverter board/inverter board wire. I have thousands of them(literally).
  5. kittymonster macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2011
    Did you ever figure out what was wrong with your macbook? I have the same exact problem, and I've replaced the inverter board twice. I'm not sure if it's a faulty inverter I bought (I can't trust eBay sometimes), or if it is the inverter cable, or something else!
  6. romainbo macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2012
    Got the exact same problem

    Does anyone ever found out what causes this backlight problem? It looks like a security action taken to shut off the backlight.

    There are many backlight problems but this one is very specific and I haven't found the solution anywhere.

    Any superhero around? :)
  7. pabzlito macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2011
    Yup, I have the same problem. Taking my 2009 MB into my local friendly genius bar for advice... no doubt they will say 'logic board'!
  8. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    No - they'll tell you LCD. It could be the inverter - but this behaviour is nearly always the LCD panel itself.

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