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Replacing Nancy's MacBook Screen

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MacBook Core Duo

MacBook Core Duo LCD Panel Replacement

MacBook Core Duo LCD Panel Replacement

1 - 2 horas


Mi Problema

Daughter's college computer. She accidentally stepped on her backpack in class with her MacBook inside it, and this broke the screen. She continued using it for a month, but it was pretty bad. I decided since I'd replaced disk drives in both my MacBook Pro and another daughter's iBook, I could handle this repair.

Mi Solucion

Tried to prepare myself by going through the tutorials several times before I started. I took a picture of the back side of the MacBook and printed it on regular paper at somewhat low resolution to aid in keeping the screws straight as I removed the upper case. I pulled one wire lose as I was trying to detach the inverter cable from the motherboard, so I knew before going further that I'd probably have to order the cable. I continued and switched out the LCD screen. I tried to see if I could get the wire back in the connector but the connector on the inverter cable was damaged. I decided to reassemble everything and order the cable. I had a difficult time reconnecting the wife antenna leads to the motherboard - they seemed to have gotten shorter. I took the screen off again and try to reroute them better. Upon reassembly, it was a tight fit to get them attached, but they did make it. I then ordered the Santa Rosa / Penryn Inverter Cable from you. Time for all the above - a bit over 4 hours, but that included a methodical review of the process before I started.

The cable came in 4 days later, so the following weekend I opened things back up, removing the display again so I could replace the inverter cable. Reconnecting things, I found that the black wife lead just wasn't reaching where I needed it to be. I tugged too hard in the wrong place, and the crimp connector on the lead came off, and my thumb got sliced by something on the board. Time off to doctor the thumb - lots of blood, a deep cut. I had the white wifi connector connected, and only momentary contact from the black wire to the connector. Decided to close things up and see how they worked. This all took about an hour and a half.

The computer booted up and the screen worked as advertised. The wifi here at the house worked. The Superdrive, however, had some issues. I don't know whether it was damaged a little bit by the event that damaged the LCD or if I wasn't careful enough with it when I removed it as a part of the repair. I wound up getting the Superdrive to play DVDs and CDs as long as the MacBook is plugged in. I haven't gotten a report from my daughter about how it does in burning CDs and such and have not tested that. I'm concerned that we may have some work to do on the SuperDrive yet.

Yesterday afternoon my daughter returned to college, and has reported that the wifi at her college is not working on her MacBook now.

It looks like I'm going to have to take the computer to the shop after all just to get that 2nd wifi connection repaired so she can get online at school. If I had a pigtail with the proper crimp connection I might be able to twist a couple of wires together, cover with tape, and reattach to the appropriate place on the board.

Mi Consejo

You have to be extremely careful in removing the various connectors from the motherboard. No matter how careful you are, you may still goof. Also, pay attention especially to the black and white wife antenna wires when derouting them around the display. The critical time for that is when you remove the inverter cover. Pay attention!

Imagen MacBook 13.3" LCD Panel
MacBook 13.3" LCD Panel


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