Model A1181: 1.83, 2, 2.1, 2.13, 2.16, 2.2, or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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screen goes dark but windows dimly visible

After start-up the screen goes dark. The items on the desk top are dimly visible, more so if I shine a light on the screen. I f I close the lid and open it after about 5 seconds, the screen lights up, for about 30 seconds.

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Moving the lid back and forth doesn't help.

The serial number's last 4 are W4R3.

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Apple MacBook "Core 2 Duo" 2.0 13" (White-09) Specs

Identifiers: Early 2009 - MB881LL/A - MacBook5,2 - A1181 - 2300

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This sounds like a failing inverter. Please give us the last three figures of your serial numbers so we can get you to the correct guide. To test if it may also be the inverter cables move the screen back and forth and see if there is any change and let us know.

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Here's how to replace your failing inverter: MacBook Core 2 Duo Inverter Replacement

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