Model A1181: 1.83, 2, 2.1, 2.13, 2.16, 2.2, or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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Screen is going to 0 brightness?

I just bought a Macbook A1181 Early 2009 and the lcd goes black 90% of the time I can still see a faint image. I can bandaid it by turning my brightness all the way down and then turning it back up one notch, this fix works for 1 second to 45 min. I have looked all over and some said it was the LCD and some said inverter/wire. If i move the screen it goes straight out. I also noticed that if try my bandaid trick and it dosen't work it looks similar to when you turn on a florescent bulb toward the end of its life. any help would be awesome

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The odds are as you describe the problem - Able to get it on by changing brightness level and looks similar to a florescent bulb near the end of life. - that the CCFL bulb is at the end of it's life in the LCD.

To be sure that it is the CCFL bulb and not the inverter cable you can test the inverter cable by preforming a continuity test using an analog multimeter/multitester (One with the needle.) while moving the wires around. Do this for each wire in the cable. If the needle sweeps hard at any point, it is a break in the wire and the cable needs replaced. Digital multimeters usually have to slow of a reaction time for this type of test and/or have circuitry in them to ignore quick fluctuations in a reading.

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Thank you. from all the things i read pointed in that direction. I guess i will be buying a new LCD and inverter cable just in case. The current LCD has a dead line through it anyhow and if it isnt the LCD well i will have a spare. I have 2 a1181 Early 09 C2D and CD. and a year old daughter.


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