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Display backlighting is uneven and dimming, can I replace?

I've had this MacBook Pro 17" Core 2 Duo for a while now. The left side of the LCD screen is significantly dimmer than the right. Usually after running for an hour the contrast is less noticeable. Is there any way I can replace the backlight? Would I need to replace the whole display?

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I am pretty sure that you have to replace the whole display.

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Why would you have to replace the whole display? If the screen is perfectly readable, but is less bright than before, it appears that the problem most likely is a dimming CCFL lamp. Those cost $10. A new LCD is $300. This of course only applies if the screen is behaving properly-- no missing regions, no streaky lines or obvious damage. The real question is are you prepared to disassemble a $2500 computer, including opening a dust-free sealed LCD assembly to get at a $10 flourescent tube and do you have the soldering sklls to properly do the job?

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