View Full Version : IBook G4 Screen Frame has Cracks

Jan 10, 2011, 06:30 PM
Hey guys,

Wondering if you could suggest if this is easily repairable.

The white "frame" around the screen has a few cracks in it. It looks like there are 4 small screens around the edge of the screen but I'm hesitant to remove them.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Also, are the local Mac repair shops fairly effective at repairing things like this? There is one in Charlotte, NC but I know nothing about them.

Is this possibly a DIY?

Jan 10, 2011, 08:15 PM
Do you already have a replacement for it? It's not going to be easy but if you haven't been inside an iBook then I'd recommend you leave it to the professionals.

It's been quite a while since I tore into one but if I remember correctly, you will have to remove the whole LCD assembly. This unfortunately requires you to disassemble the entire iBook.

You will also have to be careful as the inverter board is "glued" to the back of the bottom of the LCD bezel with adhesive.

You should have the title with screen bezel and not frame as they are completely different.

Jan 10, 2011, 09:13 PM
Thanks very much for the reply. Is this something I would need Apple to fix or a local repair professional?

Could you guess a price?

Jan 10, 2011, 09:48 PM
At most the iBook is only worth $200 so if you can live with the cosmetic issue, I wouldn't spend the money. The bezel is only like $5-10 but the labor is where it's going to get you if you can't do it yourself.

Jan 11, 2011, 09:20 PM
thanks everyone!

Ok, I found a very reputable local repair shop that will do it for $50 if I bring my own bezel.

I think I'd rather let them do it and pay the money. Seems pretty reasonable.



Jan 12, 2011, 02:44 AM
If someone is willing to take apart and put back together again an entire iBook for you for only fifty dollars, then take the opportunity to get a larger newer hard drive and maybe even a superdrive in it. While someone has it open, and is doing it for peanuts, then max it out. That is like a three hour job with all those screws on an ibook and not easy work. Get that fifty dollar price in writing.

Jan 12, 2011, 03:23 PM
Great advise thanks! I will do that

Jan 12, 2011, 04:50 PM
I would do it for free if you were local. I'd also do what California mentioned, have them upgrade the HDD for you too. But for $50 is a good price for the amount of labor involved. I'd also try to locate a 1gb stick of DDR PC2700 to max out the memory if it's not already done.