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Will my MacBook work without the screen?

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Dazcon4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 16, 2013 9:30 AM

The screen on my 2011 MacBook is broken but the unit works fine with an external display. If I remove the screen (as its an unsightly mess) will the unit still work?

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  • KarenSelena Level 4 Level 4 (1,905 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 7:02 AM (in response to Dazcon4)

    If there is nothing wrong with the hard drive, you can connect an external display to it, and use it with an external display.

  • ICCEED Calculating status...
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    Feb 17, 2013 7:53 AM (in response to Dazcon4)

    Hello Dazcon4,

     

    Sorry i can't give you an answer because i'm having the same problem (my macbook's screen stopped working) i'm considering using an external monitor but i'm wondering if the macbook detects it automatically or do i need to set it up manually (how to do so given that we can't see what's on the macbook's screen ?)

     

    What happens when you reboot the computer ? Does it start using the external monitor or do you need to set it up each time ?

     

    Are you using an DVI or a VGA monitor ?

     

    Sorry again for disrupting your topic !

     

    Thank you

  • ICCEED Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 9:19 AM (in response to Dazcon4)

    Thanks !

     

    Good luck on your gamble !

    I would be grateful if you could share the result 

  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,445 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 10:56 AM (in response to Dazcon4)

    Go for it. No pain-no gain.  No risk-no reward. Get the instructions from iFixit and proceed carefully.

     

    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide

  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,445 points)
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    Feb 18, 2013 3:38 PM (in response to Dazcon4)

    You are welcome and I'm happy it worked out well for you.

  • Kamriver Calculating status...
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    Feb 22, 2013 9:32 AM (in response to Dazcon4)

    Wow, what a cooincidence. I hit my screen months ago and it has slowly bled down to the point where I can only use an external monitor. I just went to find out price to replace and was also quoted over $500.00. Where did you go to find a replacement screen for $50.00 and for the right model? How did you know how to replace it yourself?

  • csand Calculating status...
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    Feb 18, 2014 12:48 PM (in response to Dazcon4)

    Can you link to the specific guide you used? I looked around on that site and was Display Assembly Replacement guide, but wasn't sure if that was it. Thought I'd go with what worked for you.

     

    I have an older MBP that I'm using as a media computer and it stays closed and under my coffee table, but I think it's a warm environment so the fans run non-stop. I keep it hooked up to a projector, so I thought I'd remove the display to allow a little more airflow since I don't really need the display.

     

    Thanks!

  • TUSL2C Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Feb 18, 2014 1:18 PM (in response to Dazcon4)

    The display assembly contains the antennaes for Bluetooth and Airport as well as forms part of the sleep/wake circuit.

     

    The MacBook will run without the display attached but you will lose some functionality

  • csand Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 4, 2014 11:47 PM (in response to TUSL2C)

    Oh yeah... forgot about the airport card being in the display. Still need wifi, so that solution won't work. Thanks for the heads up!

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