MB Flicker Fixed!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DOlsson, May 25, 2007.

  1. DOlsson macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2007
    Well, here goes.

    The book is about 4 months old. Still within warranty. Regardless this damn thing should not flicker. I've been doing lots of reading around the internet about repairs, and what's actually done when you take it to the shop.

    What it all seems to come down to is the inverter. My question has always been (and some will say it's not as wide spread as you may think) why are so many new and old MacBooks plagued with this issue? There can't possibly be that many defective units out there!

    Then it came to me, and this is all just speculation. During the first couple months of my MacBook's life I took it traveling. It sat on my passenger seat and served up the tunes on my ride home which was usually over an hour. I figured, because the screen is so flimsy and thin, it torqued more when going over bumps etc. This is why I believe that when my screen would flicker and I was to wiggle the panel a bit, the flicker would stop...

    Sill with me? Good... Ok, so one day I got really upset and took something which happened to be a TV remote and gave the LCD several hard knocks at the base of the panel (right around where the inverter is). This is exactly behind where your laptop says "MacBook".

    Believe it or not, my MacBook as been on for two weeks now without flicker! Previously I would have the laptop on anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes and the screen would start flickering. Not major flickering but almost as if the brightness was going up and down one click (but quickly).

    What did I do that made this stop? Was it because of the constant giggling and torquing of the LCD that made one of the connections to the inverter board loose? Did the blows to the back of the LCD re-seat these connections?

    All I know is that I had a HORRIBLE case of flickers that was driving me up the wall. Finally, I lost my temper and decided that it was going to end. (The outcome I was expecting was to shatter the lap within the LCD - however I didn't hit it nearly hard enough :) )

    Just thought I'd share this with everyone. I speculate that the connection to the inverter board has become loose some how and caused the issue I had. Had I left my laptop constantly on a desk and done no travel with it, I'm willing to bet this wouldn't have happened to mine....

  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    At least you didn't have to wait for it to be repaired, but think about getting Apple to look at your computer, incase it starts again after the warranty ends :)
  3. DOlsson thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2007
    I may take it in if it does it again, or attempt to fix it myself. I don't like the idea of taking it in and not having it for a while.

    Not only that, I just don't trust anyone but myself to work on it :)

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