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Old Oct 10th, 2010, 02:30 PM   #1
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Question What is this problem on my PowerBook screen ?

My 2nd computer is my previous Apple Powerbook G4 aluminium 15.g 15 inches.

recently, when it is on, working, and so the screen is at +/- 90 degrees angler beacuse it is open... i get that weird bar at the bottom of the screen... some horizontal "lines or noise". The size of it it maybe 25% of the ehight of the screen.
When I move my screen back and front I can get to an angle where it disapera...

what is this ?
How to fix it ?
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Old Oct 10th, 2010, 02:33 PM   #2
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It could be the LVDS cable that provides video signal to the screen. That's the most common cause of angle-related display problems. It either gets pinched in the hinges, or just wears out with use. It's possible to replace it, though likely to cost more than the computer is worth in labor. The part is cheap - maybe $50.
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The LVDS cable is not sold separately in later model PowerBook G4's, therefore an entire display assembly would be required - IF it's the LVDS cable; it's possibly a defective LCD panel. In addition, Apple no longer supplies parts for such an old unit, so repair options are limited to none.
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ok. so what are my options then?
i cant trash it as it work fine...
i cant sell it with a display bug... i think i saw some pbg4 at 300$ on kijiji

what should i do ??????????
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Old Oct 11th, 2010, 08:43 AM   #5
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Attach an external monitor, keyboard and mouse to it and use it as a 'desktop'.

It would not be a wise investment to put any more money into it. By the end of 2011, there will be few new software releases/upgrades that will run on PPC machines.
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Old Oct 12th, 2010, 09:01 AM   #6
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ok ok
thanks for those info

so I guess their is no way to have it cheaply done, just changing that stupid wire and use that PPC as a living room laptop for another 1 year.... sad. (For maybe a 50$-100$ I would had done the repair, then use it, then sell it for cheap price)
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Old Oct 20th, 2010, 10:17 PM   #7
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how much can I sell my powerbook you think... as is ?
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Old Oct 21st, 2010, 02:59 AM   #8
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My 2nd computer is my previous Apple Powerbook G4 aluminium 15.g 15 inches.
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When I move my screen back and front I can get to an angle where it disapera...
what is this ?
How to fix it ?
Maybe just use it with the screen set to the angle where everything works???
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Old Oct 21st, 2010, 08:03 AM   #9
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You might want to look on ebay. You can find G4 screens and LVDS cables there for pretty cheap. Hook it up to an external monitor first and see if you can replicate the problem first. Could just as easily be a logic board issue.
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Old Dec 6th, 2010, 07:14 PM   #10
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i think i prefer selling it... any takers for my apple powerbook g4 1.5ghz 15in. 1.5gigRAM ??
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