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Model A1286. Released February 2011 / 2.0, 2.2, or 2.3 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 Processor

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No Backlight after water! LVDS cable?


I've got a water damage on my MBP a1286.

But i have no backlight :(

i think it is the LVDS cable

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What dou you think ?

thank you for your help and have a good day

( sorry for my english i'm french...)

Bye !

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So... I removed the LVDS cable and bought a new one on eBay. I'm also going to change the chip LP8550IC and the F9700 fuse. then I would tell you the result


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Goowie, why would you think it is your LVDS cable? It is possible, but your picture is not clear enough to see any damage. You can change the cable and if it still does not work, check the backlight fuse, FET's, backlight driver and other components. Of course you did clean your board with high grade isopropyl alcohol and checked for any kind of corrosion.

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I think the two or three first pins of the connector are damaged. I'd also check the socket for a short in this section.


thank for you reply

but I looked at the schematic and the two pins that are on Damages in my photo are those of the backlight. After I have a multimeter but I do not know how to test the F9700 and LP8550 IC chip

someone can help me ?



lemerise is absolutely right. The pins are definitely damaged. Use a multimeter,( I prefer an inexpensive analog) and (depending on the meter) set it to the ohm scale. By touching both probes together your meter needle should move. Touch either end of the fuse with a probe and you should see the needle more. If they move, you have continuity. Since your cable looks like it got shorted out, you also want to check the LVDS connector.


I tried with a multimeter and fuse F9700 gives O Ohms. Is this normal?

But tonight (french time), I'll disassemble my screen to test the LVDS cable

Update : actually the multimeter reads "Open Loop" when I put the two probes to extremities of the fuse F9700


Si le circuit de la "fuse" est ouvert c'est qu'elle est "sautée" et doit être remplacée. Il faut aussi minutieusement vérifier l'intérieur du "LVDS socket" avec une loupe pour constater son état. En utilisant le multimètre en mode continuité vous pouvez aussi vérifier la continuité entre les 3 premières pins du LVDS socket et les éléments constituant les circuits sur la carte-mère.


If the fuse is open circuit then it must be replaced. You should also check the inside of the LVDS socket for any sign of short (black spot, etc). With the multimeter you can also verify continuity from the affected pins to their associated components on the logic board.


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Connect to an external monitor. If you see a normal image your GPU/logic board is ok and the damage is most likely the chip or fuse.

You'll have to examine the logic board under a magnifying glass to look for visible damage to each part to determine what has been damaged. Cleaning the board may be a solution also so you may want to start your repair effort with that.

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Look for discoloration (corrosion) or burn (brown) marks. Look for swollen or damaged components. Since the external works then your GPU and logic board are ok it is likely the fuse or controller for the LED circuit.


There are no trace of corrosion or combustion and i do not see any damaged component. How can i check the fuse or the controller for the LED circuit ?

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Goowie, is this No Backlight after water! LVDS cable?, or a different one? If it's the same please don't open multiple Questions for the same machine and problem.


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