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How can I replace the backlight on my laptop?

Hi there!

I recently acquired a 4 year old MacBook Pro 15" (A1150) which is my first mac since the Color Classic, if anyone remembers those. I am in love with this machine but it does seem no matter how much benefit I give the doubt, that the screen is much dimmer than it should be. Of course today we all use LED backlights which are far brighter, but even so I am sure old style backlights were brighter than the one on my MacBook. The computer is such a good one, i'd be very keen to get a new backlight for the display. I understand it is difficult to replace, requires soldering etc, but it is something I would be prepared to do if

would bring the brightness up a notch or five. Is it just me? Or have MacBook Pro 15"s always had relatively dim displays?

Particularly it is dimmer on the right hand side - not a black and white difference, but sometimes annoying enough that you shift your seating position close to the right to get a full on view of that side of the screen (making it appear brighter).

Where could I get the blacklight tubes? (I am in Helsinki, Finland) and what would the approximate cost be?

Would the inverter need replacing too? The blacklight is steady as a rock, no flicker and always comes on fine, so I think the inverter is probably fine, right?

Many thanks.


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Hi Sam, welcome to iFixit Answers,

It's easier to replace the backlight assembly then unsolder/solder a new lamp in the assy. Since your display is still working you have time to find the needed parts. Check (USA) for a MBP damaged screen but working backlight and swap the backlight assy with yours. If you want a new part then you can order the backlight CCF lamp from in the USA. You'll have to find the part number so you must know your LCD panel brand and model (but it could be a standard CCF lamp for the 15" LCD panel, just ask the digikey service department). The CCF lamp is under $20 US but my advice would be to order at least two cause the lamp is very fragile and easy to break if you make a bad move during installation or manipulation. Be aware that it's a difficult job not recommended for a newbie. There are many tutorials online, just do a Google research.

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you do not need repalce backlight, just buy new screen for replace

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