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Repair guides and disassembly information for the 14-inch MacBook Pro released in October of 2021, featuring Apple-designed M1 Pro and M1 Max SoCs. Model A2442.

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Screen intermittently going black, icons vaguely visible

My MacBook M1 Pro 14 inch has been getting black screen of sorts lately. Originally it was only happening every once in a while and it was fixed by closing it and opening it back up. But recently it went black and that solution ceased to solve the problem consistently and it is almost always a black screen now. I can get it to work for a couple minutes at a time if I brute force open and close it enough times.

The computer itself is still running and I can still see the functions occurring in blackness but it’s unreadable and I have taken it to Apple twice with no real answers. I was hoping someone here could give me a more technical answer and provide some sort of idea of what I can do here.

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This series uses a new type of hall sensor to detect the display review steps 32 ~34 in this guide MacBook Pro 14" 2021 Screen Replacement I’ve had to replace a few. You do want a used part as these need Apples configurator tool to program which you can’t access.

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What used part am I looking for specifically? I've never had to use a third party repairman before, what's my best bet for this? Just calling around to the local storefront shops to see if they can do this? Or is this unlikely even for those type of places?

Doing this myself isn't impossible but it seems like a bad idea. Out of my area of expertise

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@therealgoodman - Here's the Apple Repair manual for this system MacBook Pro (14-inch, 2021) the needed part is listed as #21 in the blow up and is P/N Lid Angle Sensor - 661-23649

As it turns out Apple now offers the needed parts! Here's how to order it Apple Self Service Repair when I was trying the info & part wasn't available. Even still if you are not within Apples supported country you'll need to get it off eBay or somewhere used.

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It sounds like you can still see the graphics on the display but they aren't backlit. Is that correct? If so there might be a problem somewhere in the backlight logic which would require a deeper diagnosis to figure out. Does the device work with an external monitor? Are you covered under Apple Care? If you have Apple Care I would strongly recommend trying to take advantage of it. Good luck!

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I was foolish enough to not get apple care and my warranty expired 3 days before I brought it in (ouch). I did read somewhere about the backlight logic possibly being an issue but I am not super well versed in what that really means. Is that something that would be very expensive to fix? My basic research sounds like they might just replace the whole board which would cost me a pretty penny, but perhaps someone could fix the specific part of it that is failing? I really have no idea. Thanks for the reponse

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It's possible that an experienced tech who specializes in these kinds of issues might be able to help you, but I'm not sure what's available to you in your area. On this model the parts are unfortunately pretty expensive to replace, so component level repair would be the way to go if it's available, but it's a specialized service that can be hard to find. If you can't find someone to repair it, then I think the catch all solution would be to either replace the display assembly or the main logic board, depending on where the fault lies.

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So who would I generally be looking for something specific like this? I live in a very populated area so there's a decent chance someone like that exists near me, but is it just repair shops? Or should I look for someone online or something?

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@therealgoodman If this was very recent, there is a grace period on Warranty, if you know how to ask. I believe it was two weeks the last time I asked. But you'll probably need to talk to customer service or someone in the Apple store will have to get some approval to make it happen.

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I'd recommend calling around to a few local repair shops to find out if anyone is confident they can diagnose or repair the issue without having to fully replace the display/logic board. Good luck!

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