Thick black stripe on iMac screen after attempting HDD to SSD swap
I swapped my 27" iMac Late 2013's HDD to Samsung EVO 850 1TB SSD. Original aim is successful and the iMac is blazing fast now.
But while trying to close the iMac screen, all adhesives lined up, I connected the display's power cable and ribbon cable. Mistakenly, I lifted the display while trying to align bottom and ouch....the ribbon cable (vsync cable??) pulled out from its connector argh.....
I connected it back and closed the iMac. When I powered up there was a green vertical line (which was gone after a min) and the gray/black thick stripe about 1.5inch wide. This stripe stays all the time from boot to shutdown.
Tried SMC reset, PRAM reset... no luck.
I doubt the ribbon cable damage (is it vsync cable)...now I'm skeptical to reopen to play around without knowing what could be the issue.
Many questions on my mind....did I damage the display? Is the ribbon cable replaceable (I tried googling for spare part couldn't find a proper lead)?
Any help would be much appreciated thanks.
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Hi have you fix this problem?
Nope, I tried with a new display ribbon cable, didn't work.
I think the only option left is to replace the display...need to take it Apple :(
This is ridiculous. The display couldn't possibly have been damaged by replacing a HDD. The CABLE might have been damaged--or the connectors on either side of the cable, but to replace the entire display was just throwing money away.
The issue is not the HD cable!
In order to open the system you need to take the display assembly off. Thats the issue!
Just the act of taking off the display can damage it if you don't use the correct tools and not force things. Trust me! I killed two!
What happens is the tab connections within the sandwich of the display assembly get damaged when you pry the display off (over stressing the connections). What you are seeing is the black bar/s are the disconnected traces within the glass of the LCD.
A very expensive mistake!
Once the display is off it's a cake walk to get to the HD!
Even if you are very careful removing the screen with the proper tools this can happen - even just flexing the panel a little can do it. That's the only thing I can think of that caused this in my case. Really upset with Apple - super fragile display! Who the heck makes products held together with tape and glue and sells them at super premium prices!