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PowerBook 145B Screen Issues After Recap

mooxitani

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Hi all,

I recently picked up a free PowerBook 145B that booted, but there was no image on the screen. After giving it a recap, it now displays a clean image expect for the large section at the bottom of the screen that appears to have too much contrast. Is this an issue with the LCD itself, or could something else cause the issue?

Thanks in advance!
 

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3lectr1cPPC

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Can you see anything in the affected area, or is it just blank?
Check the following:
1. Reflow all of your solder work
2. Clean both sides of the display board VERY WELL
3. check your LCD connector for damage

If none of the following helps, and you can’t see anything at all in the area, it’s probably ribbon damage, likely from the capacitor leakage. If that’s the case, the display is probably toast.
 

mooxitani

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Thanks for the response. I’ve included a better picture of the screen once it has booted. To me, it looks like that portion of the screen’s contrast is higher than the rest. Going to work on cleaning the display board now.
 

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Johnnya101

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Also check the area around the actual bare LCD panel, the part where the cables and connectors connect the LCD to the surrounding PCB. Cap goo likes to get in there and make a mess.
 

3lectr1cPPC

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Also check the area around the actual bare LCD panel, the part where the cables and connectors connect the LCD to the surrounding PCB. Cap goo likes to get in there and make a mess.
+1 on this, give it all a real good cleaning and see what happens.
 

mooxitani

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Just reflowed all of my solder connections, and I’ve given the board a deep clean with IPA, but unfortunately the screen is acting pretty much the same way. I’ve figured out that if a window is placed right under where the affected section is, the screen looks mostly normal. Is there a chance this could be an issue with the inverter board? I have not changed the two caps on there yet
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3lectr1cPPC

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From what I’ve heard, inverted board issues are usually affect the entire display, but there’s nothing wrong with giving that a go. This is a very strange issue, especially with your added detail on the window mostly fixing it. The only idea I have is an issue with the internal display ribbons that go from the display PCB to the panel itself. I have read before that a quick reflow in the oven fixed dead lines on a 180c panel, but those were totally dead instead of the contrast issue you have shown.
That’s all I’ve got I’m afraid.

Edit: here’s that 180c thread I mentioned:
 
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techknight

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the way it looks to me, is one of the caps ate away a trace/via. you are missing a signal to one of the buffer/driver ICs. gotta chase that down and fix it.

Or, you can order a NOS screen out of the UK.
 
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