Backlight randomly turns off
The backlight turns off randomly. When I press F1 for a while then F2 it comes back. Sometimes I have to repeat this 4-5 times. Can this be the inverter? Thank you.
Model A1181: 1.83, 2, 2.1, 2.13, 2.16, 2.2, or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor
It can be. We first need to assess what's exactly your machine. To achieve that, you should provide us with the last fourth numbers and letters in your Serial Number, that you can easily find in System Profiler, Hardware tab.
However, short story: yes, it may be the Inverter.
Long story, with explaination: That done, usually a failing backlight derives from four causes, and the latter of those is so unlikely that it almost never happens, unless there are some other causes, like water damage and such alike.
I'll order them in order of parts involved
So, the safest course of action entails changing the inverter, and assess. You may solve everything, or you may need to change the inverter cable too.
I doubt you're going to need a new LCD panel, just the Inverter. If you're unlucky, the inverter cable. That's all.
With your serial number, I could show you the needed parts on iFixit.
I just added my email address to the "I HAVE THIS PROBLEM TOO" list.
Does anyone know if this problem also happens when using an external monitor? I just tried using the Mini DVI to VGA adapter and a friend's monitor, and it works fine, video never goes out. Also, the failing backlight problem does not seem to happen when I have the adapter plugged in, whether a monitor is connected or not. ???
Furthermore, about 25 minutes ago, I unplugged the VGA adapter and have been using this MacBook without a hint of the backlight problem. ???
Could you (or anyone ) please PLEASE reveal the formula or procedure whose input is the serial number and whose output is the various part numbers of the inverter and inverter cable (and any other bits of this assembly).?
It's not possible sustainable to imagine that you will be able to do the lookup for everyone. It's fabulously kind what you've done so far. I thank you in advance for doing this last bit as well.
Haha, 2020 and I still have that problem with my old MacBook white Late2008. It is not the converter (already changed it) and also seems not any cable. Why I think that? Because…
If I delete MacOS and install Windows, or Linux. The screen is never turning off. If I have run MacOS it does, even MacOS is installed beside another OS it starts to sometimes turn off in the other OS as well.
Did someone else had that problem?
Is there a software from Apple to destroy your old device? To me it looks like that.