Replacing video cable for MacBook Pro 2019 (13 inch)
Since last week my Macbook Pro 13 inch (2019, two thunderbolt ports, now almost 3 years old) display is having a lot of trouble, displaying a lot of flickering horizontal colored lines, and increasingly often only showing vertical stripes (white, green, purple etc). During a visit to the Apple store I was told that I should not have used the laptop with the screen extended as far as mechanically possible, as it would damage the display cable (never had this issue with previous Macbooks). According to them, the only fix would be to replace the entire display unit (a 650 euro repair)...
Since, I have been reading about 'flexgate' which would affect previous models, and the quick and dirty fix that some repair shops offer is to cut off the affected cable and solder a new one into place, this should not cost more than 100 or 150 euro as the replacement part is cheap.
However, one shop told me that for this model, a different cable needs replacing, and the budget flexgate repair wouldn't work here, so they would only offer to replace the entire LCD.
Does anyone have a similar issue and a possible solution, other than replacing what is otherwise a perfectly fine LCD?
I do agree that it looks like this is not a typical flexgate issue; I wasn't told though that the T-CON board is to blame, however both Apple store and a indie repair shop told me that the laptop would require an entire new screen part.
The vertical stripes are not random like the horizontal ones, they look more like mono-colour blocks and sometimes the entire screen is taken over by those blocks - white with different colours. As I have had to get a new laptop for my work, I have reinstalled the old one, haven't seen those blocks yet but the horizontal stripes are always there.
See this photo for an example.
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