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diannet

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My macbook air has vertical colored lines on the screen that move around if I touch them. It works with a monitor. I have to have this for final exams next week. Is this an easy fix or should I buy a new laptop?
 

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circatee

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Was the unit dropped?
Also, when you restart the unit, is the screen showing currently at the log in screen?
 

seadragon

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That usually is a symptom the an issue with the ribbon cable that attaches the screen to the CPU via the hinge. What year or MBA is this?
 

diannet

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No, it was not dropped.
 

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DeltaMac

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You could try reseating the internal display cable where it attaches to the logic board, but I think it looks like a failed LCD panel.
Probably to replace the top lid (display plus cables and the lid part of the case as a complete assembly) in the range of $300 parts plus labor. Minimum $250 if you do the repair yourself. Depends on where you look for a replacement display assembly.
Is it worth doing on a 5 year old laptop? Only you can answer that question... :cool:
 

diannet

macrumors newbie
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Nov 28, 2020
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You could try reseating the internal display cable where it attaches to the logic board, but I think it looks like a failed LCD panel.
Probably to replace the top lid (display plus cables and the lid part of the case as a complete assembly) in the range of $300 parts plus labor. Minimum $250 if you do the repair yourself. Depends on where you look for a replacement display assembly.
Is it worth doing on a 5 year old laptop? Only you can answer that question... :cool:
Thanks.
 
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