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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What's wrong with my MacBooks's Screen?

As you can see in the picture, my MacBook (early 2008)'s right side of the screen has little dots

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on the right side of the screen. My best guess is that the cable connecting the LCD to the actual computer has worn out. My AppleCare warranty is expired, so I can't take it in to the store. Do you think it is the cable? and if so, where and how can I fix it?



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Do you have an external monitor which you can connect your MacBook to? If you can give that a try and see if the same thing is present on the external. This model has an Intel GMA X3100 integrated graphics processor which is part of the CPU. It does share some of the main system memory as well.

If the problem is present on the external display then you should try swapping out the memory modules to see if the problem is bad memory, otherwise your processor chip is going. If the external display is OK then you'll need to look at the internal display and the display data cable and/or the connectors.

The cost of replacing the logic board or the display is quite high given the age and limitations of this system. You may want to look at getting a newer system.

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I doubt it might be the cable itself because on my Mac mini the cable gets disturbed even by a small disturbance causes strange turbulence to the screen. I have to remove & reattach the cable and also make some adjustment to put it right back. But if the cable is fine then do what Dan suggested. Connecting to an external monitor will clear the picture.

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