The top third of my 17" Studio Display when dim on the 23rd of December. It's still quite useable in the short term though. The power button gives a diagnostic flashing pattern which the apple idicates as:
short, short, long
The display is detecting a backlight error. Check your display's power connections and restart the computer. If the problem continues, contact Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider.
The connecter was ok, so I contacted the company we got the system from back in early 2002 and they said that I'd have to contact apple to get it fixed.
So I just got back from holidays and gave apple support a call, they said I have to bring it into an authorized service provider for repair. The nearest they gave me was Quality Cameras in Sydney, NS and Memorial Univeristy, in St. John's, NL. Somehow I doubt a camera store can fix the flat panel so I called up the University shop and they said they only deal with stuff bought at the University and if it was under warrananty, but their technicinian my do it on the side on his own time and I'd have to call back next week when he get's off from holidays.
What do folks here think it may cost to repair the display or replace the lamp (or whatever it needs)?
If it ends up that I need a new display, I'd have to find another ADC display or else hook up a display using the VGA connector. Not something that I'm looking forward to. And if I get a DVI connector display I would have to get another video card. That's something I would certainly appreciate since I'm running a 32 MB VRAM GeForce2 MX (I'm on a Quicksilver), however I think it's going to be difficult to convince the boss that not only do I need a new display, but a new $200 card as well.
Anyway, I'm looking for an estimate for repair so I can so I can make a financial comparison to getting a new display and possibly a new card.
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Do a Google search using the following string, "17 inch studio display backlight replacement". Some of the links on the first page will provide you with the information you are seeking. Replacement lamps for your display are in the US $20.00 range. You could do the repair yourself if you are handy with a screw driver and soldering iron.
If it ain't broken, don't fix it!
I have the same problem of you with my Apple LCD monitor 17".
Can you tell me how you did resolve your problem to repair it o to scrap it?
I like to know how much $$$ the repair you cost?
excue me for my english vocabulary... I leave in french area of Montreal!!!