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Ibook G4 Laptop Lcd Monitor - Problems!


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#1 Shmutz

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 05:15 PM

Hi

I have an iBook G4 12" laptop, and I recently took my computer to a tech shop and had the hard drive replaced from a 60 GB to 160 GB.
Three months later, i turn on the computer and the monitor is divided in a strange and defective way: the screen has now shrunken to about 7.5 by 5.5 inches; to the right of that is a long black column that is about 2 inches in width and its length stretches from the top of the monitor to the bottom; and finally, the last piece of the monitor is below the shrunken screen and to the left side of the black column, I see what is just a mirror image of the shrunken screen. IN addition, I cannot adjust the brightness of the monitor.

Now, i took my computer to Apple and they said that it would cost around $300 for a new monitor and an additional fee for labor. They also said that there is a cable that leads to the monitor close to the hard drive, so perhaps the operation 3 months ago had an affect on the monitor.

Also, the monitor isn't always messed up every time I turn on the computer--about 10% of the time, the screen is normal. That is why to this day I do not turn off or restart my computer, as I'm afraid it will defect again.

I would rather just get the new Macbook then spend $300 + for a repairment--but I can't afford the macbook.

I would like to fix my laptop myself (to avoid spending more money), so I would like to know if there's anyway I could check that cable near the hard drive to see if that's the only problem, or whether it's only the LCD monitor that's broken.

Thanks!
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Posted 03 June 2008 - 05:43 PM

I'm afraid the only way would be to take it apart and look for the problem cable
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Posted 03 June 2008 - 05:54 PM

thanks for responding,

but i have had no experience in taking apart laptops (although I have experience with desktops). I found guides that give instructions on replacing the monitor and such, which I think I am capable of doing that job (instead of taking it to a tech).

However, i don't know where or what to specifically take apart in this case, or what cable to look for and how to identify that is the problem.

Also, if it is a cable, then how come it worked fine for 3 months after the hard drive replacement, and yet now the monitor acts strangely? I'm leaning more towards the idea that the monitor is the problem, but I really don't know...

Any ideas, suggestions, or help?


Thanks!

Edited by Shmutz, 03 June 2008 - 05:55 PM.

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 07:08 PM

Also, if it is a cable, then how come it worked fine for 3 months after the hard drive replacement, and yet now the monitor acts strangely? I'm leaning more towards the idea that the monitor is the problem, but I really don't know...


The case does flex somewhat. Depending on how the cable was routed, the insulation could be damaged
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Posted 03 June 2008 - 09:02 PM

interesting...
so, what would the next step be? What part of the laptop would I have to open up in order to check for the damage?
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Posted 04 June 2008 - 01:50 PM

http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac/iBook-G4-12-Inch/83/
http://zathras.de/angelweb/blog-ibook-disassembly.htm
http://repair4laptop.org/disassembly_apple.html
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