Mystery stripe down middle of screen, Macbook Late 2008

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  1. sunsetblow macrumors regular

    sunsetblow

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    I have this one here https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Unibody+Model+A1278+Display+Assembly+Replacement/781#undefined

    I'm tempted to just follow this guide and switch out the display but I also think it might just be a loose or pinched cable. When I open the laptop as wide as it goes and push a bit so it bends then the ugly stripe down the middle goes away and the display is perfect, or it'll flicker back and forth from good to bad.

    Once I let it go, the stripe comes back. This leads me to think there's something easily fixable here. I got to Step 9 in that guide and cleaned and re-seated the display cable but to no avail.

    I think something must be wrong with the cable when it goes into the black plastic hinge but I'm not sure how to look at the cable in there. Any ideas?

    Image of stripe: http://imgur.com/a/TBwIi
     
  2. iMacC2D, Jul 26, 2016
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  3. sunsetblow thread starter macrumors regular

    sunsetblow

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    Dang. Thanks for the reply. What if I replace the entire display assembly instead of just the glass?
     
  4. iMacC2D, Jul 28, 2016
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