I want to get a used 13" MacBook Pro but lost my job recently, so I've got to make do with what I have - being an ancient white 13" MacBook with a bum LCD. Display works, but it's got a load of white spots on it due to an irresponsible previous owner.
Soooo I want to put a matte display in this thing. But wait, there's more! I also want to upgrade the resolution and, if possible, the backlight from CCFL to LED.
Has anyone does this before?
My previous clamshell iBook project relies on an OF mod to trick the OS into seeing the higher resolution display. That was in the days of PowerPC - does anyone have any experience with trying to upgrade the LCD in an Intel-based (therefore EFI-based) Mac? Is it easier than it used to be?
What about the LVDS cable? I've noticed that the non-unibody MacBook uses a 20-pin LVDS connection instead of a standard 30-pin. There are converters available, although I haven't researched them yet and don't know how good they are.
The LED backlighting part shouldn't be a problem, theoretically. I need to find out:
- The actual voltage of the power connection for the CCFL inverter board
- The voltage requirement for the LED backlight assembly on a MBA display
If the inverter is already only taking in 12v and the LED assembly needs more than 5v, it shouldn't be that difficult to add a voltage regulator in to drop the excess voltage as necessary. However, if the LED assembly only needs 5v, I'm thinking it may be possible to piggyback off the power running to the iSight camera (which is just a standard 4-pin USB connection) without interfering with the camera's functionality. If neither of those are an option, I'll have to find another power source elsewhere on the motherboard.
I can get a 13" matte LCD specifically compatible with the MacBook for $115. That's great, but I want that sexy high resolution if I can, so it's worth a shot, right?
If anyone has done one or more of the above, please feel free to provide your insight and opinion on feasibility and the like.