I didn't make it!
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.
Removing side panels and cracking the case open
Some heat helps remove the side panels
Power switch side panel should be opened from opposite side of switches to avoid damaging this connector
Mechanism slides open
Case opens from bottom after both side mechanisms are released Connector to indicator LED should be removed before removing panel assembly
Panel slides out (cable should be pulled through back hole first):
USB/Firewire breakout board + light controller(?)
Child-friendly lead-free soldering job means it's good for the kids to play with
Fluorescent lamp driver board/HV PSU
All dem lamp connectors
Cable harness that plugs into certain parts of your computer and causes blinking lights and other delights
Main processor/display driver board cover
Main component frame (this thing is really heavy!)
Actually getting to see the driver board
All the LCD driver cables
Really fast proprietary logic chips
Lamp & LCD screen
A label! Wait, if it contains copious amounts of mercury, why did you bother using that difficult to use lead-free solder back there?
Magic happened, then the LCD panel boards appeared. Note that the ribbon cables were connected to that driver board back there.
The crack looks a bit worse from this side of the world.
The diffuser screen!
Lots of mercury-filled tubes inside the diffuser plate!
Don't you want to just karate chop it?
...Back to the LCD panel: labels:
And finally, a closer look at the cracked panel and some of the actual LCD modules... or grains... or whatever they are called.
Hope you all enjoyed.