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    Macbook Pro 2017 - 13"128GB - SCREEN issues

    I got a Macbook pro 2017 with one year warranty, now my little brother used my laptop and it's still unkown what he did to my laptop but the screen is flickering out of nowhere.

    Now he has een stupid enough to try and repair it by opening the back side but he realized that he could not do anything and left everything untouched. Now obviously the Apple store isn't going to help me.

    Now when I put my finger on top of a specific spot, the screen goes back to normal. Sometimes it stays normal but sometimes it also goes back to flickering.

    Is there a possibility to get this fixed my self? What could it be?

    Kind regards,




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    Macbook Pro 2017 - 13"128GB - SCREEN issues
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    Your Mac's Specs
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 7+, iPhone 8, Numerous iPods, Catalina
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    Welcome to our forums.

    Obviously a loose video cable or connection. We've seen this before especially with notebook computers where the lid is opened and closed many times. The connection may have come loose if your brother bumped the computer hard or maybe even dropped it.

    Go to iFixit: The Free Repair Manual and check to see how to take the machine apart. You can probably refasten connectors yourself if that is indeed the problem. Or, take it to Apple anyway. But close things up first.

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    Macbook Pro 2017 - 13"128GB - SCREEN issues
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    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    Your Mac's Specs
    2018 MacBook Air / Core i5 @ 1.6GHz, 16GB, 512GB SSD
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    This is a known and very common issue with the flex cable for his generation MBP. In fact, Apple has quietly changed the part midway through production. To my knowledge they have not publicly admitted to the issue, but are fairly good about repairing. Schedule an appointment at the Apple Store and just mention that you’ve seen online that this is a common defect and you’d like them to provide a good will repair,
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Macbook Pro 2017 - 13"128GB - SCREEN issues
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    Member Since
    Aug 02, 2011
    Tyneside, UK
    Your Mac's Specs
    MBP Retina mid 2015 15.4" 16GB 2.5 GHz OS Catalina; iPhone 7 128gb; iPad Mini 2, 32gb
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    Looks similar to mine where the logic board needed replacement. Simply opening it should not negate your warranty.

    If the shoe fits, buy it in every colour.

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    Macbook Pro 2017 - 13"128GB - SCREEN issues
    iggibar's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 20, 2009
    Your Mac's Specs
    yeahhhh...might need to look at my signature
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    Also, you don't need to mention anything to Apple regarding you opening the back for any reason. Don't ask, and don't tell why it was opened. The worst part is this issue is usually the screen needs to be replaced if the screen flat ribbon cable has become worn out because they are both manufactured as one unit.

    Good luck!
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