New MBP Screen flickers and "inverts" when moved

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Azmordean, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. Azmordean macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2004
    Silicon Valley
    Hey all,

    I've had my new MBP about 3 weeks.. and its got a problem already :(. When I move the screen, it flickers and often the colors "invert." If you hit Control-Command-Option-8, you can see what it looks like (except its more flickery). If I move the screen around I can sometimes find a "good spot" where its okay.

    Its the same in Windows and OSX. This tells me its a hardware issue. It doesn't seem to be the backlight (tapping the back of the screen does nothing - its *moving* the screen that does it). I'm thinking its either a bad video ribbon cable, or a loose one. What are people's thoughts on that diagnosis? I am going to call Apple tomorrow. If I am right, is that something they could fix at the Apple Store in a day? Thats what I'm hoping - I'll be in the DC area next weekend, and there are several Apple stores up there so I could easily take it in. Or will I have to mail my computer in to Apple? :(

    Any advice appreciated!

    EDIT: Just for kicks, I reset both the PRAM and the SMC. No change.
  2. mcarnes macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2004
    USA! USA!

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