Really?!? Backlight problem..

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by session101, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. session101 macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    hey guys so shortly after re-assembly and using my macbook on the couch i closed the lid and then re-opened and my screen never came back...WTF?!?

    so the macbook does turn on and boot and runs fine and everything but no backlight, i have to use a flashlight against the screen to see my logon and desktop

    i opened her up and diagnosed the problem myself

    the connector off the logic board that POWERS the backlight doesn't secure the connector to the LCD screen

    the plastic on the side is cracked...i did use a microscopic amount of epoxy on it and go it to stay but the connector is still loose.. If i leave the book at standstill it works great and stays but as soon as i move it i know its going to pop off

    i tried to google, but has anyone a clue to fix this or help resolve it or cheaply fix? im not gonna be lazy and replace the logic board, ill epoxy that on there before i dump $300, ive searched with no results...anyone else come across this problem? i can post pics, but i can't get close enough with my just get blurry

    what irony!!! damn you APPLE and not letting us successfully opening and dissembling and then assembling your products!
  2. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    Sounds as if you broke the connector when you were taking the MacBook apart.

    The connectors are fairly fragile and rely on the edges to hold the flat connector in place - so if one of the edges is damaged then the connector won't stay in place.

    The epoxy should work - there should also be a small cube of foam rubber that sits between the connector and the bottom of the keyboard/topcase which holds the connector in place too. Has yours gone missing ?.
  3. session101 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    for anyone else that is curious, i found the culprit was that when the lower bezel was re-installed it hugged the cable too much

    meaning that when i closed the lid it pulled the connector right off the logic board..which made sense that when i closed it, it would turn off

    make sure when you re-install the bezel that you pull on each cable and make sure you have enough slack

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