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Display doesn't work after optical drive replacement. Any ideas?

Hey there,

after changing the optical drive for my old macbook core 2 duo, i booted but the screen shows only black. the macbook seems to boot normally, i can control it with the keyboard (switch off and some easy key combinations).

with the dimmer on f2 i can lighten up the black a bit, so there's a difference in the screen compared to when the macbook is switched off.

is it possible that i've damaged the screen cable? a inverter problem, maybe the RAM? or the logic board? (i hope not ;) )

at the moment i unfortunately don't have the opportunity to connect an external screen would that be helpfull?

I would be glad if someone can help me!!

all the best,


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an external display is working with no problems, i've resetted the p ram and ram


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Recheck your cables--you may have loosened the cables to the LCD when you were changing the optical drive.

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+ My thoughts exactly.


+ agreed but hook up to that external monitor ASAP


thx i'll check it!


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thx a lot, i've loosened the display cable, you were right!

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