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Dr Watson
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Icon 1 posted March 16, 2008 10:35      Profile for Dr Watson     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
So I received a very sad, but fixable I think, Powerbook G4. It's a VGA 667mhz Titanium. The problem is that it has both hinges broken and the device the powers the lcd is ruined. (That's only what I've been told by the previous owner who replaced a torn cable but said that that lcd thing is dead as a result of a short circuit.)

However, this machine boots up to OS X 10.3 and works via a monitor, so it seems like I have a handful of working parts here. SO I'm thinking I need to source a similar powerbook on ebay, perhaps with a dead logic board, or other problems, so I could piece together this thing. I can see that there are a few generations of Powerbook G4's... does anyone know what case + logic board combinations are possible? I'm assuming I'm stuck with the second generation (550mhz-667mhz) but if I can use parts from others, it would expand my chances of finding what I need. Thanks : )

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Icon 1 posted March 16, 2008 17:56      Profile for Mr. Dave     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Try iFixit.com. I just checked and they have new replacement hinges as well as assorted display components. (The one you have is known as "Onyx".)

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As an Apple Certified Portable/Desktop Technician, I really hate to break it to you... The entire LCD clamshell assembly needs to be replaced. the assembly is not only screwed togeter but epoxied as well. Apple Service never sold the LCD panel alone... it will take a small miracle to successfully dismantle without breaking everything else.

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Icon 1 posted March 17, 2008 19:50      Profile for Dr Watson     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I could take a stab at getting it apart. If I can't, it seems I could part the machine out and get a few bucks out of it. Thanks for the pointers!
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That explains why broken ones, that happen to have good screens and hinges, are actually rather expensive. I'm hoping that since the ribbon cable has been replaced that maybe this screen has been apart before. I'm actually receiving this unit on Thursday, will have to see how that goes.

I used to have a 1ghz iBook but sold it in favor of a Thinkpad T43. Not regretting it, but it would be cool to have a Mac again [Smile]

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________________________ Well Dr Watson you have a think pad, turn this thing into a FRANKINMAC. Hook up a keyboard, monitor, and bigger drives, seeing that apple uses the ATA standard. You may have to get an old power supply to run all the drives but that should not be a problem.

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haha that's a pretty good idea actually [Big Grin]

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If you're going to make a frankensystem out of it, you might as well let your imagination run wild. The innards of a laptop can be stuffed into a pretty wide variety of objects (the compubeaver comes to mind) as long as you pay a modicum of attention to ventilation.

Do something interesting with it [Smile]

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HAHAHA! That's incredible. I like the idea of a picture frame if I can get the lcd to work again

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Buy an old windoze laptop on eBay, rip the guts out of it, and stuff them into the TiBook case.

Enjoy the looks of horror as mac-geeks see you boot Windows 3.1 on a TiBook.

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I could literally make a notebook- fill it with paper

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____________________________ Dr Watson You will need a ATAPI to ATA adaptor to hook up the drives, also you will have PCIMCA slot plus. Wish I was getting such a gift there is fun ahead. Please post what you do with that thing.

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Will do! [thumbsup]

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Fixed it with a $15 inverter- previous owner, I've come to find, re-attached the hinge with JB Weld; sealing the front bezel to the back. :/

I'm using it now, but have been realizing that this isn't the machine for me. It seems to run warmer than the 1ghz ibook I had.

I'd really like to raise money to piece together a Thinkpad t40 series for my lady, what do you guys think is reasonable to ask? That's for a middle-of-the-road Tibook in functional (aside from optical drive) yet somewhat poor cosmetic condition?

[Smile]

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Dr Watson wrote:
I'd really like to raise money to piece together a Thinkpad t40 series for my lady, what do you guys think is reasonable to ask? That's for a middle-of-the-road Tibook in functional (aside from optical drive) yet somewhat poor cosmetic condition?

For a laptop in that condition, she should at least cook you dinner and give you a blowj...

oh, wait, you mean what's reasonable to ask -other- buyers. No clue. Sorry [Smile]

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