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MacBook 13.3" LCD Panel

$199.95

Product code: IF186-050

Product Overview

  • Fix a cracked, dark, or dead-pixel infested Macbook LCD.
  • OEM 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.
  • Available in glossy and matte finishes.
  • Does not include backlight inverter.
  • Not compatible with any MacBook Unibody, Pro, or Air models.

Compatibility

Identify your Mac

  • All 13.3" MacBooks (excluding MacBook Unibody and MacBook Air)

Product Details

$149.95 Glossy / New

 
 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

6 month warranty

Notes:

Glossy finish screen. LCD is new and in excellent condition.

$199.95 Matte / New

 
 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

6 month warranty

Notes:

Matte finish screen upgrade. Get rid of glare on your MacBook's LCD! LCD is new and in excellent condition.

 

Replacement Guides

MacBook Core 2 Duo

Difficulty: Difficult

MacBook Core Duo

Difficulty: Difficult

 

Compatibility

MacBook Core 2 Duo
1.83 GHz (Core 2 Duo)
2 GHz (C2D, Late 2006)
2 GHz (C2D, Mid 2007)
2 GHz (Early 2009)
2 GHz (Santa Rosa)
2.1 GHz (Penryn)
2.13 GHz (Mid 2009)
2.16 GHz (Core 2 Duo)
2.2 GHz (Santa Rosa)
2.4 GHz (Penryn)
MacBook Core Duo
1.83 GHz (Core Duo)
2 GHz (Core Duo)
 

Stories

public1's Story Photo #344437
public1's Story Photo #344439

My Problem

We gave my old MacBook to my father-in-law's caregiver so she could work on some language courses and connect to some safety monitors. But it turned out that my optical drive had gotten flaky since I'd last used it and I already knew that the screen had a vertical bar with a different intensity, probably from dropping it a while back.

My Fix

I ordered the drive and a display data cable, and discovered that A) the cable alone was not the problem and B) I have a rare transitional Santa Rosa/Penryn model that is a sub-variant of that variant that has a different optical drive (see picture). The folks at ifixit took a return on both items, added the weird drive configuration to their data base, and dug up the correct drive for me. So I upped the ante to replacing the LCD panel and the optical drive.

The guides are just fine and all went well, taking a few hours over all. I used the 26 bit kit (Tools/26-Bit-Driver-Kit/IF145-028). The computer now has a lovely new screen and functional optical drive. Also, the caregiver is a mad Hello Kitty(TM or R or whatever) fan so I traced a HK face, printed it on transparency film, and attached it to the inside of the apple lid light. She's thrilled all around.

My Advice

The top of the display assembly guts, the bar across the top of the camera mount, fits into a slot in the plastic case, and should go in first.

When peeling the white diffuser off of the inside of the lid, you need to get between the thin white diffuser and the lid shell itself, not between the black rubbery "gasket" and the think white diffuser. The adhesive survived the peeling pretty well, and I only taped down the corner that was curled from me getting started.

You can get 3M Foil tape type 3311 at the hardware store. It's rated to 149C/300F which seems sufficient to the task of replacing the tape mentioned in the MacBook Core 2 Duo Optical Drive Replacement guide.

My local art and architecture store has Alvin and Co 2400-B, which is a double-adhesive tape on a light-weight substrate, although I know nothing about it temperature tolerance. I used it to replace the tape around the screen bezel, the adhesive on the little foam blocks, and under the bluetooth antenna clip and the metal bracket on the optical drive in step 26 MacBook Core 2 Duo Optical Drive Replacement guide.

Some 1/2" Kapton tape, although spendy, is great in place of the old yellow film tape used to secure cables to the back of the LCD panel and elsewhere.

My Problem

My dear lappy's screen has been broken for three years. I've had a PC monitor hooked to it, effectively making it the world's only desk-bound laptop. Frankintosh still ran well, though. I had to do something.

My Fix

"Oh, this is pretty easy, doot doot doo. I mean, if I can do this without--what the !@#$ is an inverter cable?? No. I can't see that! IM FLYING BLIND." *Yosemite Sam noises for 45 minutes* "I friggin hate every !@#$ crap--yes, children dinner, I know Mama is busy dealing with this stupid ugh--oh, hey. It's in. Cool. That wasn't so hard." Then we made love. In the form of various display tests.

My Advice

The spudger on it's own was very little help on seating that inverter (I assume I'm calling that little pink and white bastard its proper name.) A paper clip, bent would have done the trick if I had it, but my final effective solution was to put a weeeeeee bit of stickum (used the bits of tape inside the unit, to be exact) that wasn't TOO sticky to get the plug parked more securely on the spudger. Used the plastic cards as spreaders. Cried out to the gods.

Adam Cox's Story Photo #318482
Adam Cox's Story Photo #318483

My Problem

I was asked to fix a backlight issue on a 2008 13" black MacBook Penryn by a client. The screen was showing, but the backlight wouldn't turn on and would only flicker when you played with the F1 & F2 keys.

My Fix

I tried replacing the display inverter first, but that only worked for about an hour. That's when I knew that I had to replace the screen. All in all both repairs took me about 4 hours. I used the "fast" method for the LCD after I had already done the inverter and closed the machine back up.

My Advice

If you're going to attempt to fix a backlight issue, get both the inverter and the LCD simultaneously. My in shop rate is $60/hr for consumers, and if I had done both at the same time, I could have saved my client an hour of labor. You have to take the whole thing apart to access the inverter board and to replace the LCD panel at that point it SO MUCH EASIER THAN THE FAST METHOD. If I ever get one again, I'm going to automatically purchase both parts and fix them as one repair instead of two. There's no guarantee that it's the inverter, and for a computer thats almost 6 years old now, it's just a good idea to replace the LCD. It also makes you look better because you don't have to take it back to your shop again for a second repair. Do it all at once. It's just better.

My Problem

Older macbook, but still a nice computer. After being dropped there were several cracks obscuring the display.

My Fix

I used the "long" technique completely removing the display from the laptop. It took me 2 hours to complete the disassembly and 90 minutes to put it back together again. The instructions were right on target, there are just a lot of little screws.

My Advice

I had an array of small metal parts cups to use as screw sorters. I ended up using 22 of them. It made re-assembly easy.

Don't be afraid, but don't be in a hurry. There were a couple of discrepancies with the instructions and I took notes to ensure error free re-assembly.

My Problem

Cracked screen

My Fix

Done. Easy!

My Advice

Patience.

My Problem

My 4 year old son decided to be rough with the MacBook closing the lid one night.

My Fix

One order from you and 2.5 hours later the screen was replaced. Your guides rock.

My Advice

Set aside 2.5 to 3 hours to do this job completely.

My Problem

The backlight on my wife's MacBook Core 2 Duo was burned out - the computer turned on and worked well when plugged in to an external display, but the built-in display did not turn on. Actually, it did - as you could see the image on screen from a certain angle, but the backlight was not working. I had previous ordered the inverter board and cable, thinking that they were the problem, but after replacing them, the issue still remained. It was at that point that I returned those parts and ordered the LCD instead.

My Fix

The repair went pretty well - I had already done quite a bit of work on the inverter board replacement, so the second time around I was able to do things much more quickly. The two biggest hassles for me were dealing with all of the tiny plastic clips getting stuck to the display bezel, and getting the clutch cover back in place properly. The display worked great once everything was put back together. However, I apparently damaged the fan while I was working, as the fan now does not turn on. So that's another repair I'm in for... :-)

Here is my gallery of photos from my repair:

http://gallery.prwdot.org/Computers/MacB...

My Advice

Use a daily pill organizer to keep track of your screws. They have individual segments that are perfectly sized to keep track of screws, as well as closing/locking lids for each segment.

Make sure you're using the proper sized screwdrivers. The most useful one for me was a minuscule eyeglass-sized screwdriver. It was smaller than the phillips 000 screwdriver and worked wonders with many of the small internal screws, especially the ones holding the top case and display bezel on.

Also, everyone mentions this, but it can't be overemphasized, be really careful with the tiny plastic clips around the display bezel. They break really easily and can come flying off and skitter into a far corner of the room if you're not careful.

My Problem

My macbook screen started flickering a few weeks ago. The day after the flickering it died. A flashlight revealed that images were still on the screen, there was just no light.

I posted my situation and received a few suggestions. It seemed the best way to go was to replace the inverter and inverter cable. I did this and the problem remained the same.

I did some more research and found that others had posted that a screen replacement was a solution to their similar problem.

My Fix

I decided to try to replace the screen.

I ordered the part here and followed the guide from this site. The detailed guide made the replacement easy!

My Advice

I see this advice often, but it is very good advice: find a way to keep your screws organized. I drew a grid on the sticky side of duct tape and numbered it. I placed the screws on the grid and on a separate piece of paper wrote which number went where on the computer and what step it matched in the ifixit guide.

My Problem

Busted Macbook LCD screen.

My Fix

The part was delivered in 3 days about a week before the estimated date. They answered my questions via email within minutes. Following the repair guides was simple and had no issues taking the Macbook apart or putting it back together.

My Advice

Use iFixit for every mac repair

My Problem

The monitor backlight suddenly went dark. first i could easily relight it by turning the brightness full down and then up again, but it went worse day by day. the backlight kept working if i pulled the right upper corner of the monitor towards me and pushed the left one back. well, paperclip + rubber rings did help for some hours, but that wasnt really a solution.

My Fix

as said before by others, most of these problems are due to faulty backlight converters or -cables, but mine wasnt. wasted some money on them plus a set of display bezel clips, well, sort of my own fault oO but i felt them going bad fast also when i treated them the best i could.

another order anyhow brought me the new lcd and that finally fixed the problem. but i had to go through most of the guide one more time as i had first connected the backlight cable inproperly... --> very harassing, got me almost close to a nervous breakdown but luckily it worked in the end.

the new lcd now has a way cooler color spectrum which took me many many rounds and felt hours of calibration until the result was something close to pleasent

a funny by-fact was that the lcd came while i lay in hospital for an orbital enucleation and dermis fat transplantation so i can have a glass eye in the next weeks.

My Advice

1st: be careful with those display bezel clips and read the guide on how to do the remounting before messing around yourself. they're 20$ 12pcs which is definitely not worth the fun!

2nd: dont know how to advise on that one but including inverter+cable, bezel clips, lcd, shipping costs and taxes i paid close to 300€, which are quite a bigger sum in US $ and could easily have had me a full display mount including a brand new and perfectly mounted bezel...

but it seems like everyone with this problem has to go through the same steps since most of those problems might be caused only by the inverter thing.