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Screen partical fade

The bottom of the screen fades away - when I hold the left side of the screen the display comes back in full.

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The inverter cable or lvds cable may be severed. I've recently replaced a display on a Titanium for this reason. If your machine is under applecare, you should submit it for lcd panel replacement. If your machine is not covered by applecare, they may charge you in upwards of $700 for the procedure. Depending on 3rd party apple service locations in your area, you may have to source the part off your local craigslist, ebay, or a 3rd party site like If not, you can ship it to us in NYC.

Keep me posted

Posted on Nov 05, 2007

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    Keith Seekwhensir Nov 05, 2007

    Usually it means the cable has gone faulty, or is being pinched or stretched, as it runs from the display and though the hinge bezel ( along with the BT and airport cable ) to the logic board, hence it appearing as a short circuit.



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