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#1 3 years ago

So I know it's been a lifetime and a half since I've posted here or even really snooped around here, but I recently purchased a couple of these old 30" Apple displays at an auction, and one worked beautifully, but the other had a badly cracked screen (which, as you can see, was not apparent by simply looking at the display). They were dirt cheap though, and parts still go for a pretty penny, as other than the power consumption (~150 W), these old monitors make fantastic displays, and people across the world are eager to keep these going.

Anyways, I decided to photograph a teardown of the non-working display, as I was unable to find one on the web. It turns out there is not a whole lot to see, but if you've never seen inside one before, it's a pretty neat experience, and I thought I'd share it.

Monitor

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Removing side panels and cracking the case open

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Some heat helps remove the side panels 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10528-img-0208.jpg

Power switch side panel should be opened from opposite side of switches to avoid damaging this connector

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Mechanism slides open 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10532-img-0212.jpg

Case opens from bottom after both side mechanisms are released 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10533-img-0213.jpg190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10536-img-0218.jpg190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10537-img-0219.jpg Connector to indicator LED should be removed before removing panel assembly 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10538-img-0222.jpg

This one: 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10539-img-0223.jpg

Panel slides out (cable should be pulled through back hole first): 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10540-img-0225.jpg

Tada! 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10541-img-0226.jpg190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10542-img-0227.jpg

Circuitry

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Child-friendly lead-free soldering job means it's good for the kids to play with 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10550-img-0238.jpg

Fluorescent lamp driver board/HV PSU 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10546-img-0232.jpg

All dem lamp connectors 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10547-img-0234.jpg

Cables 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10553-img-0241.jpg

Cable harness that plugs into certain parts of your computer and causes blinking lights and other delights 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10554-img-0243.jpg

Main processor/display driver board cover 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10552-img-0240.jpg

Main component frame (this thing is really heavy!) 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10557-img-0246.jpg

Actually getting to see the driver board 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10558-img-0247.jpg190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10559-img-0248.jpg

All the LCD driver cables 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10562-img-0251.jpg

...disconnected 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10563-img-0252.jpg

Really fast proprietary logic chips 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10565-img-0254.jpg

Lamp & LCD screen

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A label! Wait, if it contains copious amounts of mercury, why did you bother using that difficult to use lead-free solder back there? 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10566-img-0255.jpg

Another sticker! 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10567-img-0256.jpg

Magic happened, then the LCD panel boards appeared. Note that the ribbon cables were connected to that driver board back there. 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10572-img-0261.jpg

The crack looks a bit worse from this side of the world. 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10574-img-0263.jpg

The diffuser screen! 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10576-img-0265.jpg

Lots of mercury-filled tubes inside the diffuser plate! 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10577-img-0266.jpg190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10578-img-0268.jpg

Don't you want to just karate chop it? 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10579-img-0269.jpg

...Back to the LCD panel: labels: 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10581-img-0271.jpg190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10582-img-0272.jpg190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10583-img-0273.jpg

And finally, a closer look at the cracked panel and some of the actual LCD modules... or grains... or whatever they are called. 190161-anchovy-casserole-albums-apple-a1083-picture10585-img-0279.jpg

Hope you all enjoyed.