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A1181 MacBook, black screen on startup

Hi, I recently bought a late 2006 macbook. It didn't come with a hard drive, so I bought one, installed it but it doesn't have an OS on there.

Whenever the magsafe connector is plugged in (I think the battery is dead, as it won't charge) the screen flashes white and then stays black.

The DVD drive and hard drive both spool up, but I don't hear a start up chime?

I've tried

Re-seating both pieces of RAM. One at a time, and in alternate slots, even without any RAM in.

I've tried connecting to an external monitor to see if I can see anything, but even when connected to a working iMac the external monitor doesn't show anything until OSx has fully loaded.

I've even tried to see if the firewire cable works for a remote install, but not being able to see the screen, it become obviously pointless. I've tried resetting the PRAM, too.

Is my logic board dead? :(

I've got a new inverter, RAM, and a new hard drive with OSx pre-installed on there, so I can double check with those, oh and a new battery

Any help would be appreciated :)

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High Stuart!

Im just working with a model like yours ! This family was suffering from dead inverter bords and dead backlites. You say: ' .... screen flashes white and then stays black!' This usually indicates a dead backlite 'bulb'. I just recently had this issue on a younger model.--> Your display is dead! Find a used one, or a new panel on ebay!

You cant use another Mac as an ' external monitor'. You really do need a monitor and a display port connector (VGA/DVI) , startup ur MB an close the lid immediately; then the external will take over. At least u will find out, whehter ur mainboard is dead or alive .

Good Luck!

Kind regards from Krautland

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I think it's because I'm using my HDTV as an external monitor. I think I've got a monitor up in the attic...?

I'll let you know as soon as I get chance to test it all. I'm hoping you're right, I've read a few possibilities could be the GPU failing, I'm not overly sure though!

Thank you for pointing me in a right direction, good luck with yours :)

mit freundlichen grüßen

Stu

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I've added new RAM, and a new hard drive with OSx pre-installed, and so far nothing. Not even a start up chime :( [br]

I'll try on a proper monitor first before panicking too much!

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I've tried connecting it to an external monitor, there wasn't a signal. The caps lock or the f6 button don't light up when pressed either.

guessing it's a logic board failure, now?

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Northbridge chip? :p

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Reflow possible, could be logic board.

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Stuart Parry will be eternally grateful.
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