MacBook Air Repair, Part 2 – This time it’s personal

My wife, who doesn’t touch a Mac with a bargepole, walked in yesterday, saw the little 11 inch MacBook Air, and said, “oh, that’s cute, I want that.”

This may be my chance to bring her over from the dark side. 😉

OK, un-fun side, no offense meant.

So, the little Mac is getting fixed, no matter what.

I took the screen assembly apart. It wasn’t that difficult. The bezel came off relatively easily. Heat melts the glue underneath, then it’s just the matter of getting something underneath. The bezel is aluminum, and heat does no harm in it. With the bezel off, the screen was next. That’s a more difficult one. It’s glued in too. The corners are the most difficult. A normal LCD panel is 3-4 mm think, this measures maybe 1 mm, or possibly less. It’s the kind of extra-thin panel that digital cameras and handheld devices have, only bigger. The flex tolerance is next to zero. It explains all the reports on the net about the MacBook Air screens cracking easier than “normal” screens. Well I bet it does. 😉

So, I’ve done all this work, only to find out that the screen’s control circuit, with the two screen cables – one of which I suspect to be faulty – is fixed to the screen and can not be removed. So it’s a screen replacement after all. I was kind of hoping it’s not, but I knew I was in for an adventure.

To be continued…

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