MacBook (Core Duo/Core 2 Duo) Inverter Cable

$19.95

Product code: IF186-077-1
Apple Part #: 922-7612

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MacBook (Core Duo/Core 2 Duo) Inverter Cable

$19.95

Product code: IF186-077-1
Apple Part #: 922-7612

Product Overview

Having an issue with your MacBook's backlight?

Replacing this part may solve the problem! Connects the logic board to the display inverter.

Before ordering a new inverter cable, be sure you are buying one with the correct connector for your machine. The Santa Rosa/Penryn inverter cable has a much slimmer three-wall connector on the side that connects to the logic board.

Compatibility

Identify your Mac

  • 1.83 or 2 GHz Core Duo MacBooks
  • 1.83, 2, or 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo MacBooks (excluding Santa Rosa/Penryn)

Product Details

  $19.95

 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

Available: 50+

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Replacement Guides

MacBook Core 2 Duo

Difficulty: Difficult

MacBook Core Duo

Difficulty: Difficult

 

Compatibility

MacBook Core 2 Duo
1.83 GHz (Core 2 Duo)
2 GHz (C2D, Late 2006)
2 GHz (C2D, Mid 2007)
2.16 GHz (Core 2 Duo)
MacBook Core Duo
1.83 GHz (Core Duo)
2 GHz (Core Duo)
 

Stories

My Problem

The screen kept going black, would only work when tilted, and in certain angles.

My Fix

The screen is working perfectly now. It did take me a whole day, and included a lot of swearing but considering I have never fixed or tinkered with any electronics before it went remarkably well. I had a bit of a scary moment when I lost a screw that disappeared inside the computer but I managed to get it out, also missed one step in the instructions that said to remove a couple of screws and where a bit brutal with the speaker as it wouldn't come out (because I hadn't removed the screws).

The instructions are brilliant, thank you so much for sharing. Without your help I would have had to scrap a perfectly good computer as nobody wanted to repair it deeming it too old. Thanks again.

My Advice

Follow the instructions and get the right tools. Prepare and be thorough and take your time marking every single screw. I had a plastic pot for every set of screws, and I sellotaped all the screws to a post-it, marking which should go where, and at what step.

My Problem

My screen wouldn't come on when I opened my MacBook.

My Fix

It was a long process and we found that we had ordered the wrong inverter cable the first time. Without being able to see my screen, I ordered the Core Due/Core 2 Duo Inverter Cable and I actually needed the Santa Rosa. We ordered the part and installed it. It works perfectly now. We felt that some steps were unnecessary but it went well.

My Advice

Make sure you order the correct inverter cable. Make sure you label all your parts. We labeled each step and taped the screws and parts to paper. It worked well with reassembly.

My Problem

I have had my MacBook for more than 6 years now. It still runs great. I have replaced a hard drive, before it started failing, have re-installed the OS, upgraded RAM, had to get a new mag safe power adapter, replaced the screen due to dropping it (another great ifixit repair guide I followed), and had apple replace the logic board while it was under apple care. Most recently the screen became very hard to see and appeared that the back light would only be on at certain angles. This started becoming very frustrating and after a little research I decided it had to be the inverter cable.

My Fix

I ordered the inverter cable from ifixit and it arrived very promptly. The repair took about three hours start to finish but I was not concentrated on just this project, had a few distractions, and it could be done quicker. After it was all back together I turned it on and BAM problem fixed. It is great to be able to view my laptop at the angle of my choice.

My Advice

I am a computer guy and this repair wasn't the easiest in the world. However, the instructions are so clear on ifixit that I would trust anyone with a little brain power and confidence of getting their hands dirty could accomplish this repair.

There are a lot of screws that must come out for this little cable. I suggest laying your screws out and grouping them for each step. I wrote which screws were in each step above a piece of tape I kept them all on. This will make it much easier to put back together and to follow the instructions in reverse.

My Problem

The display on my trusty 2007 Macbook started to flicker in a way that was very sensitive to the position of the screen, and could be improved by lightly squeezing the surround at the bottom left of the display. Apparently a bad connection.

My Fix

First I used the ifixit guide to disembowel the MacBook, hoping to find a loose connection. Finding none, I ordered a new inverter cable from ifixit and it arrived in just a couple of days. Putting things back together was somewhat challenging, but the tips in the ifixit guide were very helpful.

My Advice

There are a lot of different sizes of tiny screws. As I went step by step through the guide, I put the screws and small parts in letter sized envelopes to keep them in order. Since I already had the screen taken apart, I also ordered and replaced the data cable. I reasoned that it was also subject to wear, and I might avoid another lengthy procedure.

My Problem

When waking from sleep. backlight is intermittent as display is raised. Examination shows that the image is always there, but the lighting is dependent on display/top cover position. But, the inverter cable may not be the problem. Could be loose/dirty plug, etc.

My Fix

Haven't replaced cable yet, as the computer is useable. Will do when I have time. Will check existing cable and if it's OK will send the replacement back to IFixit, along with another G4 laptop for parts.

My Advice

Don't know if this is a common problem; will see how it does after inverter cable replacement.

My Problem

My backlight was flashing as I opened/closed the screen of my MB Core 2 Duo (not Santa Rosa). In the most critical times I had to spend minutes finding the perfect angle of screen opening to have a constant backlight.

My Fix

I took it with patience, and had to completely open my MB four or five times in the end.

I first wanted to simply clean and localise the problem...

I then ordered an inverter chip, which was not the source of my problem in the end.

I then ordered the inverter cable at the old iFixIt supplier : Powerbookmedics.com. I ordered the 3pin (right one) and recieved the 4pin (wrong one). too bad.

In the end I sorted it out ordering directly on ifixit.com who did better job than Powerbookmedics, and i really want to thank them for this caution ! :)

The complete repair process (with the right piece, the right tools & a little bit of habit coming with time) took me about 2 hours. It was really easier than I thought !

My only advice is :

Don't hesitate to open your old malfunctioning devices, you're not obliged to always buy new ones !!! it cost me about 30€ of tools & pieces to give my MacBook a new youth ! ;)

And my only precautions are always :

1) Be careful with static electricity,

2) Take a paper sheet with some temporary glue to keep all the pieces & screws on their respective step number,

3) Be PATIENT & take your time !! You'll get it done easy.

Thank you iFixIt !!!

My Advice

There is a step in double in the guide !

Step #20 & #29 are almost the same (one screw in double), which can be troubling when you follow the tutorial in reverse at the end.

I would simply delete step #29.

Thank you again !

My Problem

Screen would light up momentarily at startup and then backlight would go out

My Fix

Took a shortcut and just removed the monitor bezel , three screws, and the plastic cover over the inverter. Replaced the inverter, refitted the cable and closed it back up. Took less than 10 minutes.

My Advice

No need to take the whole machine apart, especially with a laptop this old. The risk off cosmetic blemishes was worth the shortened repair time (although I was able to do without any blemishes).

My Problem

The backlight would flicker when the display was moved up and down. Eventually, it became harder and harder to get it to stay on.

My Fix

Followed the directions going both ways and the laptop worked great when finished. It is very easy to chip the edges of the screen bezel and the keyboard frame when popping them in and out - use caution.

My Advice

The easiest way to keep track of the dozens of screws you have to remove is to tape them to a card and label each step or part of a step to keep them straight.

My Problem

The backlight of my MacBook (1.1) was flickering. It was very annoying, so I looked up, what could cause the problem. I found out, that it has to be the inverter or it's cable. I bought both to be on the save side.

My Fix

The repair was a lot of fun and pretty easy too. The guides helped me a lot and my MacBook is now fully working again!

And btw, I installed a newer OS on it and build in a SSD. It runs like it's new.

My Advice

So many different screws! Make sure you have a system to organize them.

My Problem

Display went dark. Diagnosed problem to a display backlight inverter or data cable.

My Fix

Ifixit help guides allowed me to try an initial repair by switching parts from another MacBook that had died years ago. That operation was not successful, but based on my comfort with Ifixit's help guides, and the relatively low price for parts, I decided to order parts and give it a shot. This time the operation was a success! I am writing this on the old MacBook!

My Advice

If you don't have one, buy a screwdriver with your parts! I did, It was well worth the extra $5, due to the incredible time saved compared to using the old "glasses repair kit" screwdriver during my initial, unsuccessful attempt at scavenging parts from an old machine.