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Model A1297 Unibody: Early 2009, Mid 2009, Mid 2010, Early 2011 & Late 2011

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17" MacBook Pro Backlight Issue A1297

Hey everyone.

I have a mid 2010 MacBook Pro “17 A1297 with a backlight that isn’t working. I was working on the laptop when the backlight cut out.

Here is what I’ve done so far:

Reset SMC = Nothing

Plugged into an external display: Image is shown on the external display and the primary is shown in system preferences.

Tested Backlight Fuse: Backlight fuse has continuity.

'''Test for shorts: Tested for short circuit using the advice from No backlight, fuse blown? Works fine except backlight! A1398

Nothing looks wrong on the board and there isn’t anything obvious to me to suggest anything wrong.

Before I blow a lot of money I wanted to see what others would think of the situation!

Thanks so much!

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If the backlight fuse is alright I personally would wean towards the screen being kaput or a wonky backlight pin. If it works fine with an external display that is also good news. Either there is a backlight pin issue or a screen issue.

Here is how you would repair the backlight pin

Here is how you would replace the screen (the only part condition is B stock)

MacBook Pro 17" Unibody (Early-Mid 2009) Display Assembly

MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Display Replacement

MacBook Pro 17" Unibody (Early-Mid 2009) Display Assembly Image


MacBook Pro 17" Unibody (Early-Mid 2009) Display Assembly


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As I expected. Such an odd thing to happen and so randomly.

Thank you so much for helping and also thanks for giving me more excuses to watch Louis Rossmann. Such an awsome guy.


@computerlord No worries! Happy I could help. Louis Rossman saves us computer users so much money and time and he is personally my favorite "celebrity repairman".


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