7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 2, 2008 10:41 PM by Ace Swizzle
arbillman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
A couple of weeks ago this started happening to my MacBook Pro. While I am using it, or when I first turn it on... it really doesnt matter, it seems to be random.... the left half of the LCD will become distorted and take on a pinkish hue. There will be some pixelation and everything gets a sort of green/pink tone. It's a little hard to describe it other than that.

It will do it, and then it will fix itself, and then it will do it again. Some days it does it a lot, other days it will not do it at all.

I can stop it from doing it by applying pressure to the right-hand side of the back of the LCD (opposite side from distortion). If I pinch the top by the camera eye it will sometime fix it, other time i have to press in on the back of the LCD.

To me it smells like a bad connection behind the LCD or something. Has anyone else experienced this, and if so how did you permanently fix it?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Ed Jose Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I'm seeing the exact same thing on my 17" Mac Book Pro
  • S.U. Level 6 Level 6 (8,360 points)
    Are you under warranty? If so, I would call Apple. This is not normal, and may well represent a hardware problem. If you can, borrow an external display and see if the problem is also on the external. If it is, then there is likely a problem with the video chip. If not, then the problem is likely with the built in display. From your description, it sounds more like the built in display.

    Good luck!
  • arbillman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Unfortunately the computer is no longer under warranty. I am going to attempt to take the macbook apart to fix the issue. If I can 'fix' the issue by applying pressure to the back of the LCD, then it stands to reason that there is a problem with the connector at that point. My theaory is that it is coming loose somehow, and I hope that I can either re-seat the connection or apply some sort of tape to hold it in place.

    I do not want to pay a chunk of cash to Apple to fix this issue. I have found the official Apple Service Manual for the MacBook Pro online and I will be using it as my guide. I will let you know how it turns out.
  • stockliasteroid Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Any luck with this? My business partner's MBP is behaving similarly, and is also out of warranty. I'd hate to write Apple a blank check to fix it, but it's getting kind of annoying.
  • arbillman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well, I complete disassembled it and discovered that whatever is going wrong was on the LCD Circuit Board. I could not see an obvious problem spot, other than there had to be a an issue with the connections on it.

    After messing with it for a few days, and taking the computer apart several times, I opted to replaced the LCD panel. I bought a replacement panel from www.powerbookmedic.com amd swapped the parts myself. Cost was about $300. It works great now.

    Warning, if you decide to do this on your own you should be extremely careful. The casing on the MacBook Pro is extremely fragile and easy to bend.
  • Ace Swizzle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having this exact problem as we type. I would take a picture of it, but it'd make no difference and the guy above explained it perfectly. Is there anyway that I can avoid making a costly repair? I just have a lot of other costs that I have to address. The last thing I need is to have to shell out tons of money to apple to fix something that should still work.
  • Ace Swizzle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    And, before anyone asks, I ran the hardware test and it came back with nothing. So, I have zero idea of what the actual problem is here.