I recently purchased a 15" MBP on eBay for cheap, with the description saying the backlight was not working. I figured it would be an easy repair (I read about bad inverters) so I purchased one and it turned out that it wasn't the problem. The MBP runs great-- everything else works. I can plug it into an external monitor to use it as a desktop. Even the backlighting on the keyboard works. I have also read that it could be that the CCFLs in the screen are dead, or it could be the logic board, but before spending a buttload trying to repair this thing, is there a way to figure out if it's the former or the latter?
Specs: MacBook Pro (2,2) 2.33 GHZ, 2 GB RAM, ATI x1600 256MB
I don't believe it's the display cable, as it is still able to drive the iSight camera along with the screen itself (sans the backlight). I really wish I had more information, but the seller is a resale company who purchased the laptop from someone else.
The MBP is out of warranty (and I've read that logic board replacements can run the user up to $1300!) Thanks in advance for any advice!
Thanks, Justin! Replaced the screen and to my surprise, it lit up and all is well now. (Except I accidentally broke the iSight while removing the old screen..that glue is tough!) Once I replace the iSight, I'll be an extremely happy camper. Thanks again!