MacBook Pro (Early 2008): Dark bands showing intermittently on built-in display

You may see multiple, dark vertical bands or dark bumps starting along the bottom of the MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2008) or MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2008) with the high resolution LED backlit display, as shown below.

 

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To help prevent this from occurring, download and install Mac OS X v10.5.3 or later from Apple Downloads.

If the issue persists when running Mac OS X v10.5.3 or later, a quick reset of the display panel will reset the LED backlights.

The quickest way to reset the display is to use the following key combination:

  1. Press Control - Shift - Eject.
  2. After the display goes to sleep, wake it by pressing any key on the keyboard.
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