It is easy to watch a bunch of youtube videos and fall for the “easy Macbook screen replacement” or “Macbook screen Replacement under 10 minutes” titles, thinking that screen replacement of Macbooks is a straightforward job. However, the reality is that newer devices get thinner and smaller and more sensitive to ESD and electronics mishandling.
Although we encourage DIY, we cannot stress enough how sensitive these parts are. A small mistake caused due to a lack of knowledge or unawareness may drastically increase the repair cost.
Exactly this happened to the Macbook we have received recently. The customer had a broken screen and tried to replace the screen by himself.
Unfortunately, he must not have followed the correct procedure while doing it and shorted the screen connector. As a result, he ended up with a damaged motherboard and still needed a screen replacement on top of that. Almost doubling the repair bill.
Macbook Air Repair with No Backlight
We, of course, tested the Macbook with one of our test screens to confirm if the issue was with the new screen he has replaced, or indeed the logic board had got damaged from the improper installation.
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.
Tested with our test screen confirmed that the logic board must have an electronic failure.
Straight away, we noticed the boosted voltage from the backlight chip was not matching the specifications. That means the backlight chip was shorted while replacing the screen, or some ESD has been sent its way from the customer’s body.
After the backlight chip has been removed, we need to clean the area with leaded solder and prepare it for the new chip.
Macbook Backlight Repair we offer here in Adelaide includes a couple of simple steps:
- Get a Quote for the repair before any work is done, even over the phone.
- Free pick up from the client’s location in Adelaide. Or alternatively, drop in for a quick check while you wait.
- Confirming final cost and “Go” from the client.
- Repairing and ensuring everything works as expected.
- Returning repaired system back to the client. Or the client can pick it up from our workshop.
With a soldered new backlight chip, this Macbook Air Repair with No backlight is almost complete. The next step is to check the backlight functionality with our test screen before we completely assemble it.
Successful Macbook Air Repair with No Backlight
Fully assembled and ready for extended tests, this Macbook Air Repair with No Backlight went by the book. And although the cost of a screen replacement and a logic board repaired combined may have been close to a cost of a new Macbook Air.
The customer still made a good choice of keeping this 2017 model Macbook Air, which will definitely serve him longer than any new Macbook Air.
Would you like to read more about our Macbook not turning on Repairs? Check out some of our published repair cases.
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!
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.