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A1708 Macbook Pro no Backlight Repair due to a failed Flexgate


Macbook Pro with a Black screen came for a repair in our workshop today. But this was not a regular screen repalcement case. It was a failed Flexgate cable. Check out how we got it repaired.
2018 A1708 Macbook Pro Flexgate Repair #1990

This article is not educational material. It is instead a showcase of the services we offer.

Therefore, it should be used as general guidance on what to expect from such repairs.

In case you have a similar device and need repair, always rely on professionals. These are sensitive electronic devices, and small mistakes may cause irreversible electronic damage, requiring whole part replacement for 2 or 3 times the cost of the Repair.

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Today we have a MacBook Pro 2018 for a flexgate repair in our Adelaide workshop. Although it’s a 2018 model, it is an absolutely delightful device to work on.

Did you know that the 2018 A1708 was the last Macbook with removable SSD storage? Thats right. The last Macbook allows data to be extracted by connecting the drive to another Macbook when an accident happens. And trust me, these accidents happen all the time. The amount of MacBooks with liquid damage we get daily, where customers want only the data is enormous.

Unfortunately, though, all the data is stored on an encrypted chip which is soldered onto the login board. So how do you get the data? The only options to recover such data are either Macbook Liquid Damage Repair or Macbook Data Recovery. And let me tell you, it’s neither easy nor cheap!

How and Why Macbook Flexgate fail?

Flexgate failure on Macbooks is a well-known issue, where the ribbon cable that carries a backlight voltage crimples and fails.

The ribbon cable that carries the Backlight voltage is very thin, as thin as a printer paper. On top of that with 2016-2018 models, Apple manufactured this cable slightly shorter due to being the first-gen display of its kind. Hence cable criples at the bending rea more than 90* and breaks.

Do I have a failed Flexgate on my Macbook?

2018 A1708 Macbook Pro Flexgate Repair #1990

An easy way to identify if the flexgate has failed on your Macbook is to check if there is a faint picture on the screen. Flexgate cable carries backlight signals,

no Flexgate = no Backlight


How to fix Macbook black screen caused by Flexgate failure?

The flexgate failure on Macbooks is repairable and does not need a complete screen replacement. Although the cost can be slightly over half of the price of a Macbook Screen Replacement in Adelaide.

2018 A1708 Macbook Pro Flexgate Repair #1990

Unfortunately, fine soldering tools and lots of experience will be required to be able to resolder and extend the cable

IT-Solve specialises in Macbook Repairs in Adelaide, instead of a complete screen replacement, we attempt to repair and extend the cable. That way we are saving a complete screen assembly ending up in the landfill, as well as saving 40% of the cost of a new screen, win-win.

Repairing Flexgate on Macbook Pro in Adelaide

To be able to repair the flexgate on this Macbook in our Adelaide workshop, we had to cut off the bent broken bit and using a 0.1mm fine copper wire (as thin as a human hair) we extended the flexgate cable.

2018 A1708 Macbook Pro Flexgate Repair #1990
2018 A1708 Macbook Pro Flexgate Repair #1990
2018 A1708 Macbook Pro Flexgate Repair #1990
2018 A1708 Macbook Pro Flexgate Repair #1990
2018 A1708 Macbook Pro Flexgate Repair #1990

With extended and insulated cable. The backlight on this Macbook will not fail again.

Successful Flexgate Repair on a Macbook Pro in Adelaide

Another successful Macbook Flexgate Repair Adelaide!

2018 A1708 Macbook Pro Flexgate Repair #1990

These Macbooks are amazing, although have their fail points. They are much more reliable than the new Apple Silicone or T2 versions, which are overengineered and fail for no reason. Especially after a failed software update.

Worthy Macbook and will keep kicking for another couple of years with no issues!

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Do you need this Repair in Adelaide?

If your Macbook or Laptop is causing trouble and you need a Laptop & Macbook Repair Service in Adelaide, give us a call, and we will advise on the best scenario to get your Device repaired.

We at IT-Solve, specialise in Mac, Laptops and Electronics Repairs. We will do our best to repair your Device quickly without involving high costs and long waiting times in Repair shops. Our average repair takes under a week!

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Repaired, not Replaced!

We are committed to reducing e-waste in Australia. We do it by educating our customers on the reparability and longevity of their devices, as well as providing affordable Laptop and Macbook Repairs here in Adelaide.
Although our best intentions and hard work, this is not an easy task. Customers must accept that cost of high-quality electronic repairs is between a third and half of the price of a new device. However, with the current trend of planned obsolescence in electronic design, we see more and more Laptops having shorter lifespans. To tackle that, while we do our repairs, we target common planned obsolescence engineering design mistakes to ensure we extend the life expectancy of the Laptops we Repair. Check some of our Repair Cases to get an idea of the process.

That said, if we buy a new one or write it off via insurance, it does not guarantee that the new one will not meet the same fate as the older one pretty soon.

Quite often, we see accidents reoccurring within less than 2-year gaps. So if we can save 2000$ or even 1000$ today by repairing our faulty Laptop or Macbook is brilliant. That’s an extra half cost of a Device, ready to be spent on another one. If the time comes or our need for performance changes.
When that time comes is up to us to buy a new one or keep pushing the one we have, but delaying it by a year or three is always a good starting point and saves another abandoned Laptop or Macbook from polluting our only Planet.

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