7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 8, 2010 10:33 AM by Dan Farrenkopf
Uhuru83 Level 1 Level 1
I was working on my computer late at night. Like always.
I went to bed, and left the computer on in it's screen saver , as I always do.
When I woke up I had a black vertical bar on the screen about 1 1/2 inch thick with some flickering lines next to it.

here is what it looks like: http://www.talkcitee.com/ourspaceimages//2coolcode/2coolcode.jpg

I don't believe this to be a memory problem, I can take snapshots of the full screen, and I can hook up an external monitor with no problem. Also restarded PRAM plenty of times, etc.

But this black bar appeared out of nowhere. As if one way my screen decided it was going to blow out on me out of nowhere. I've had this MacBook for 2 years.

Question is, do you think the problem is:
a) the screen
b) connection / short problem to the screen inside the macbook

I hope it's B , because they told me it would cost $800 to replace the screen which is stupid cus I can get a new macbook pro for less than that.

I think there is a connectivity problem with the hardware , possibly a short, or something messed up with the wires or pins that link to the screen.
I noticed after repeatedly opening and closing the macbook, there were some changes in the small flickering lines next the big bar, and some of them turned solid black.

Has this happened to anybody else before?

Message was edited by: Uhuru83

MacBook Pro Intel, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • A Yilmaz Level 1 Level 1
    Hey mate.

    Yep its good that it isn't with the gpu otherwise the external monitor would have had the same problem. This is probably with the cable itself because I had the same problem with a PowerBook G4. So if you are game enough, you will need to open it up. One question though. Is this a MacBook or a Pro? The picture is of a MacBook.
  • Uhuru83 Level 1 Level 1
    Oh yeah my bad it's a macbook G4 (intel)

    I hope it's not the screen. I'll find out when I dive into the computer tonight.
  • Uhuru83 Level 1 Level 1
    What I also can't understand is how this event happened.
    I didn't close the computer, I left it completely in the same state that I resumed to work on it. When I got back to the computer out of nowhere the screen was split and flickering in areas, then I closed and opened it and the black bar appeared.
  • A Yilmaz Level 1 Level 1
    Usually what happens is that over time the cable comes loose from the back. This happens because the enclosure within the hinge housing is quite tight and the LVDS cable has little room to move around. Because of the frequent opening and closing on the lid, the cable starts to move out of place try opening and closing it a few times and push it back very gently. You might see the line disappear or decrease slightly.
  • ceahebner Level 1 Level 1
    I have a home computer same thing went to bed got up and there is this bar i looked at your image and exactly the same. i wanted to know if you ever found out why and what you did to fix it?
  • ninajansen Level 1 Level 1
    I have this problem as well. Did anyone find a solution?
  • Dan Farrenkopf Level 1 Level 1
    I just found this conversation thread. This black band and flickering problem just started happening on our office imac. My black bands disappear after about .5hour of running. Our office can be quite cold overnight here in Maine. Any thoughts?