A1708 Macbook Pro Backlight issues caused by a Flexgate cable failure

This Macbook came to our workshop a month ago with a known A1708 Macbook Pro Backlight issue caused by a Flexgate cable failure. This cable is thin and bents under an angle, which causes it to cripple and break easily. We have documented it in our FlexGate failure on the Macbooks FAQ section.

Due to the screen cable being part of the screen LCD assembly, we cannot replace the cable only. Instead, it requires a whole LCD replacement, an utter waste of a fully functional LCD matrix.

Identifying Macbook Pro backlight Flexgate Issue

A1708 Macbook Pro No Backlight due to a FlexGate Failure
A1708 Macbook Pro No Backlight due to a FlexGate Failure

Catching the Flexgate problem was easy on this Macbook Pro Repair in our workshop in Adelaide. The customer told us the complete story of how it failed. Initially, the screen would go black only under the particular screen opening angle. Then gradually, the angle of the screen of the Macbook turning black widened, until one day, it would not show any picture on any open screen angle.

Please note: This is not educational material. It is rather a showcase of the services we offer.
Therefore, it should be used as general guidance on what to expect of such repairs.
In case you have a similar device and need the repair, always rely on professionals. These are sensitive electronic devices, and small mistakes may cause irreversible electronic damage. Which may require whole part replacement for 2 or 3 times the cost.

Macbook Pro Flexgate failure

A1708 Macbook Pro No Backlight FlexGate Failure
A1708 Macbook Pro No Backlight FlexGate Failure

When we look closely at the flexgate cable, we can immediately spot the bent bit on the cable and see where the damage is. Our FAQ section explains that it is a common failure with 2016-2018 model Macbooks.

Cracked copper lines on a Macbook Screen Flexgate Cable A1708
Cracked copper lines on a Macbook Screen Flexgate Cable A1708

Currently only way ho we can fix this problem is to replace the Macbook Pro A1708 with no backlight screen with a new one, even if that means discarding a completely functional matrix.

Repairing Macbook Pro No Backlight caused by a faulty Flexgate

Repairing this Macbook requires a new screen, which we can fit quickly and efficiently in our Macbook Repair Centre in Adelaide once the customer agrees to the repair cost. Check our Macbook Screen Replacement Price Guide to get an idea of the cost, based on the model.

Replacing Macbook Pro A1708 screen with a faulty flexgate
Replacing Macbook Pro A1708 screen with a faulty flexgate

With a fitted new screen, the last thing to do is to ensure we service the system before closing it. System Service prevents debris and dust from collecting around the new screen cable and damaging it. Also, we recommend annual service to ensure there is no possible damage to the flex cables of the Macbook as dust and debris collect.

Serviced Macbook Pro A1708 with replaced faulty Flexgate Screen
Serviced Macbook Pro A1708 with replaced faulty Flexgate Screen

Successfully Repaired Macbook Pro No Backlight caused by a defective Flexgate

Replaced faulty flexgate screen on Macbook Pro A1708
Replaced faulty flexgate screen on Macbook Pro A1708

Once servicing is complete and we fit the new screen, we can go ahead and close the Macbook and test the full functionality of the screen.

Do you need this Repair in Adelaide?

If your Apple Mac or Macbook is causing trouble and need a Macbook Repair Service in Adelaide, give us a call, and we will advise on the best scenario to get your device repaired.

Interstate? Why not Send IT for a Repair. Repairs take under three weeks, including forward and backward postage. Contact us to get an idea of cost and turnarounds.

We at IT-Solve, specialise in Apple Mac and electronics repairs. We will do our best to repair your Mac quickly without involving high costs and long waiting times in repair shops. Our average repair takes under a week!

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Repaired, not Replaced!

We are committed to reducing e-waste in Australia. How we do it is by educating our customers on the reparability and longevity of their devices, as well as providing affordable Macbook Repairs here in Adelaide.
Although our best intentions and hard work, this is not an easy task. Customers must accept that cost of high-quality electronic repairs, is between a third and half of the price of a new device. However, with the current trend of planned obsolescence in electronic design, we see more and more Macbooks having shorter lifespans. To tackle that, while we do our repairs we target common planned obsolescence engineering design mistakes to ensure we extend the life expectancy of the Macbooks we repair. Check some of our Macbook Repair Cases to get an idea of the process.

That said, if we buy a new one or write it off via insurance, it does not guarantee that the new one will not meet the same fate as the older one pretty soon.
As matter of fact, quite often we see accidents reoccurring within less than 2-year gaps. If we can save 2000$ or even 1000$ today by repairing our faulty Macbook is brilliant. That’s an extra half Macbook cost ready to be spent on another one when the time comes or our need for performance increases.
When that time comes is up to us to buy a new one or keep pushing the one we have, but delaying it by a year or three is always a good starting point and saves another abandoned Macbook from polluting our one and only Planet.