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Possibly Buying MacBook w/ Screen Issue


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Hi guys. I am new around here and just joined today. Upon signing up I had no interest in making my first thread about a problem with a mac, since I mainly signed up for forum access to mods, etc. Anyway, I am thinking about picking up this MacBook with an odd screen issue that is almost as if part of the screen is "cut out". Check out the pics for a better idea.

Anyway, have any of you guys seen something like this before? Is it an easy fix? Could it just be as simple as resetting the screen defaults in SysPrefs?
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That is an odd display problem, you can see the screen has been scrunched up, even the bar at the top has moved from the right to the left a bit.
It could be a simple PRAM, NVRAM reset, or even a fresh OS install.
Never seen it before though :

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Hmm. I'll give that a try if and when i get the laptop. I'm hoping its some sort of issue with a setting or, at worst, the screen. If it was something with the onboard video that would suck twice as hard.
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Ok. So I bought the MacBook today. I immediately wiped it clean with a fresh install of Snow Leopard and updated it. It runs very smoothly but the screen issue has not been fixed. I even tried the above suggestion of resetting the PRAM.

The seller included disks for Leopard but not the diagnostic disk. I am looking to run diagnostics to see if maybe the graphics chip or even the ram is bad. I've heard that bad ram can cause the graphics to glitch considering the GMA x3100 shares system memory.

My question now is, is there somewhere I could download an image of the Diagnostics Disk? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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You said the seller included disks (plural) for Leopard. The diagnostics are on disk 2.
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Ok I mis-spoke. He included the disk for Leopard. As in the retail disk.
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