Black screen, works on external
I have a MacBook Pro 15" early 2008 A1226. For a long time it had white lines on the screen which I was Ok with. (see image taken from another poster on this forum, thank you!) Then about a week ago the screen went really dim and then black. Everything runs Ok and I can use the Mac with an external monitor. I have reset the PRAM, SCM and opened it up and did a quick scan of connections. However, haven't gone so far (yet) as to open the display. I'd prefer to do that only once, so...
How do I know if this is the inverter or the LED driver board or something else without opening it up and checking or replacing the parts and cables? Is there a simple way to figure out what parts to order?
Thank you oldturkey03! Please see attached images. If you need photos of another part, please let me know.
I have been thinking that perhaps I have two issues going on.
1: the backlight. My reasoning for this is the screen is black, mac works great with an external monitor and I can see images when I shine a light through the apple logo on the back of the laptop LED.
2: the stage light issue. Hopefully the images I have attached will help narrow this down.
Am I correct that there are two issues with the screen? I actually don't care as much about the stage lighting effect. I've had that for quite sometime. I'd really just like to have a laptop again. Right now, since I have to use an external monitor it has become a desktop. (though having the larger monitor is really nice for viewing photos) Perhaps the stage lighting and black screen are the same...
Update: I replaced the LED driver board and still have a black screen. Any other ideas?
Is this a good question?