2007 MacBook Pro: Blue Lines on Display

My Macbook Pro recently started showing these lines on the display. If I use an external monitor it does not show up, and seemingly shows up only after long periods of not being used. The issue goes away if you close and open the laptop repeatedly. Sometimes it takes longer than others but it eventually goes away.

This appears to be a connection issue. Where would I start to diagnose this issue?

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Model is A1226


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Sadly I suspect your screen has gone. What happens is the connections on the glass break free from a bang or stress (TAB Error). In your case as the system warms up the connections break free.

As you didn't give us your model info we can't give you a part number for your display assembly.


Sadly this series had a run of defective GPU's (GeForce 8600M GT). Apple no longer services these systems and the rev2 GeForce 8600M GT chip is getting hard to find to even try to replace. The symptoms often include color bands and cross hatching on the display (internal & external).

Given the fact you don't see a problem on the external display still points to a damaged LCD display panel.

The question you have to ask your self how much money you want to spend here and how much life it still has left. I think its time to look at a newer system.

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Assuming this is 2007 this must be A1226 or A1260.

No no no not a connection issue!! How does it appear to be connection? This is wishful thinking that it is a cheap solution, based on nothing! and it NEVER is!!!

On this model it can equally be a bad 8600M GPU or a bad screen. External monitor is no help because output to external uses different protocol so sometimes it can be fine even when internal does not work.

You can try another LCD to see if it will fix the issue.





B154PW04 V.0

B154PW04 V.4

B154PW04 V.6

B154PW04 V.7

Or, if your machine uses the reverse frame LCD, N154C3-L01 or N154C3-L02. Keep in mind these are electrically compatible, but not physically. it will fit but the metal frame will be off. Apple used two different LCDs with different frames just to make life difficult - the only way to tell which yours has is to open the machine or run some command in terminal that escapes me at 4:30 in the morning.

LP154WP4-TLC* and B154PW04 V.3 are ***NOT*** compatible, even though they look similar. People always buy them first because they are cheaper, they go to some old Sony & Compaq and will not fit into your machine without an adapter cable & EDID code reprogramming, which you do not want to &&^& with when replacing your own laptop screen.

Do keep in mind all of these LCDs went out of production seven years ago so everything available now is refurbished trash. Also keep in mind that motherboard is incredibly likely to die for no reason even after you fix it, if you do have the capability to replace the 8600M. Do not reball or reflow it, those are bullshit "fixes" that do not fix anything, almost as dumb as the oven fix.

I would junk this. The frame will break after you replace the LCD on the bottom like all of these do, if it is the LCD now the motherboard will die next week, if it is the motherboard now and you fix it then the LCD will die next week. That's assuming the stock 120 GB Fujitsu hard drive hasn't kicked the bucket already. Ultimately you would be best off just trashing this and moving on.

We shoot arrows through them here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQix8wqX...

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The model # is A1226.

It's been a long time so my memory is fuzzy, but the logic board has been replaced on this 3 times (all within the Apple Care window).

Also, as I mentioned the issue comes and goes. This has been going on for maybe 2 years now. The laptop is used at most an hour a week and the issue is almost always present when the laptop is first opened and after opening/closing the display a few times it goes away.


Shoot an arrow through it, that is the only worthwhile use for this POS!


Louis, your answers are generally very good. But your use of profanity in every answer detracts from a picture of you as a professional.


Louis, why would I take your advice when you clearly didn't read the post to begin with? It works and continues to work, despite this seldom issue. Why would I destroy something that works?


I read your entire post, from the original mention of the issue to you mentioning it was intermittent and had went away. I realize this is my mistake and waste of time. :( as well as typing out six paragraphs of advice on potential causes, part numbers of parts to replace, and why you should not utilize it as a long term machine.

I could care less if you listen to my advice, I do not get paid by the listen! I am trying to save you from a mess that will fail when you need it to work most; whether to listen to it is your choice.


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