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THE DUPPY
Jul 9, 2006, 12:42 AM
please give me some advice, i managed 2 knock my 6 month old pride and joy G4 Ibook off my bed and onto the floor where it landed with a painful thud! on inspecting the ibook i noticed that the 2 little arms that attatch the lid to the keyboard were slightly popped open?!?!?! so i managed to snap the casing on them back together, on further inspection the only remaining damage seems to be just above the g4 ibook logo at the bottom of the screen, the casing seems to have come detatched from the bottom of the screen itself, meaning when i open the lid of the ibook, it pries the screen and casing apart everytime i open it, when the lid is open the problem is barely noticeable, however i feel that this problem may get worse and develop into something major, basically im panicking and if anyone has done something similar or has advice it would be much appreciated :) :mad:

btw this is the problem
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i120/air95s/aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamac.jpg



briansolomon
Jul 9, 2006, 12:54 AM
That's an expensive repair.... $200-300 I'm thinking but it looks like your LCD is okay which is HUGE

mjstew33
Jul 9, 2006, 12:56 AM
I had something similar happen, only it was on the top

Somehow, I was able to just kinda pop it back in with playing with it for a while

Scared the shizzit outta me too. :p

Abstract
Jul 9, 2006, 01:02 AM
I'm also think that it's an expensive repair. Do you know what held the plastic bottom piece against the LCD screen before? If so, then I'd figure out of that mechanism alone can be fixed. Also phone Apple or an Apple reseller that does repairs can tell you whether it's possible to send it in for repair and have them only fix the plastic bit without replacing the entire LCD panel (even though your LCD probably works fine). I think the answer will be "No", but check anyway.

Pistol Pete
Jul 9, 2006, 01:17 AM
expensive.

use it while you can. keep it in a still position.

....good luck.

keithbennis
Jul 9, 2006, 01:41 AM
the question is....... do you have AppleCare?

Abstract
Jul 9, 2006, 01:43 AM
^^Applecare isn't an issue in this case. It's not a defect. He dropped it.

The question should be: Is your iBook insured? I mean, is it covered under some form of insurance, or something like your parents' homeowners insurance?

w_parietti22
Jul 9, 2006, 01:45 AM
You might be able to buy a new display housing... I don't know where though.

Edit: 2000 posts!!! wooohooo :D

keithbennis
Jul 9, 2006, 01:48 AM
^^Applecare isn't an issue in this case. It's not a defect. He dropped it.

The question should be: Is your iBook insured? I mean, is it covered under some form of insurance, or something like your parents' homeowners insurance?


oh ok

Abstract
Jul 9, 2006, 02:00 AM
You might be able to buy a new display housing... I don't know where though.

Edit: 2000 posts!!! wooohooo :D


Try this place: http://www.pbparts.com/store/agora.cgi?product=_al&cart_id=6913361.43610*CQ7vw

CoMpX
Jul 9, 2006, 02:16 AM
I think iBooks contain some type of pheromone that makes you fall asleep. I have fallen asleep with it on more than one occasion, one time resulting in it falling onto the floor. Luckily, I have carpeting in my room so all that happened was the screen was knocked slightly out of alignment.

Macky-Mac
Jul 9, 2006, 11:53 AM
the question is....... do you have AppleCare?


it's only 6 months old so it would be covered by the standard warranty.....if he hadn't dropped it.....Applecare's warranty extension only comes into use in the 2nd and 3rd year so having Applecare wouldn't be an issue

Mord
Jul 9, 2006, 12:05 PM
it's a cheap repair, the magnesium frame around the lcd is broken, this happened to my ibook when some idiot dropped a giant cisco router on it (2600) and crushed it flat open.

what you need to do is just buy a new bezel on ebay and get someone to put it in for you, unless you think you can do it (you need to take the whole bottom bit apart to get the LCD off then take the lcd panel out and into the new bezel and put it all back together again, it's long.)

treblah
Jul 9, 2006, 12:40 PM
it's a cheap repair, the magnesium frame around the lcd is broken, this happened to my ibook when some idiot dropped a giant cisco router on it (2600) and crushed it flat open.

what you need to do is just buy a new bezel on ebay and get someone to put it in for you, unless you think you can do it (you need to take the whole bottom bit apart to get the LCD off then take the lcd panel out and into the new bezel and put it all back together again, it's long.)

++

I did the same thing to my old G3 iBook. With the right tools and instructions (http://dump.doomtech.net/.hidden/apple_service_manuals/) the take apart is pretty easy. I did it in about 2 hours and it only cost me $27 for the bezel on eBay and ~$8 for the Torx/screwdriver set.

vv-tim
Jul 9, 2006, 06:11 PM
That's an expensive repair.... $200-300 I'm thinking but it looks like your LCD is okay which is HUGE

Obviously you know very little about fixing laptops. The LCD itself would be cheaper than $200 on eBay.

Regardless, as the poster above said, just buy a new screen bezel (or if you can't find a bezel alone, buy the whole screen and just resell the LCD) on eBay.

generik
Jul 9, 2006, 06:57 PM
What's the yellowish thing wedged between the panel and the frame by the way? It seems like a cigarette butt has dropped in there as well :confused:

ITASOR
Jul 9, 2006, 07:03 PM
What's the yellowish thing wedged between the panel and the frame by the way? It seems like a cigarette butt has dropped in there as well :confused:

Looks like the tape Apple uses to hold wires down to me.

Yeah $200-300=NO WAY. I sold a whole display+assembly on ebay for $175.

generik
Jul 9, 2006, 07:23 PM
Looks like the tape Apple uses to hold wires down to me.

Yeah $200-300=NO WAY. I sold a whole display+assembly on ebay for $175.

I think the $200-300 figure was for getting an Applecentre to fix it. I remember seeing some amazing figured being thrown around in the ballpark of $1000 just to fix a dent on a PBG4.

Sun Baked
Jul 9, 2006, 08:12 PM
Try www.pbparts.com if you cannot find one anywhere else.

$80 for a new display bezel from them, the entire display assembly is a lot less for the iBook than the PowerBook.

If you did the same for one of those. :eek:

csubear
Jul 9, 2006, 08:27 PM
I'd recommend

http://www.ifixit.com/cart/catalog/

skoker
Jul 9, 2006, 08:29 PM
Looks like the tape Apple uses to hold wires down to me.

Yeah $200-300=NO WAY. I sold a whole display+assembly on ebay for $175.


The proper term (read: Apple Blessed) is Kapton Tape.

THE DUPPY
Jul 9, 2006, 09:19 PM
erm

thanks for all the help guys but i think after some of the prices youve been quoting, and how involved the process of fixing it is i may just leave it and bear with it, what will happen if i do, and can anyone tell me exactly what has broken, because to me it just looks like the lcd screen has become unstuck from the surround, nothing looks cracked or split in half, merely seperated?

:confused:

Sun Baked
Jul 9, 2006, 09:56 PM
If you can get the bezel brace with clutch assembly cheap, you should be fine.

What is $20-80 to prevent changing a $400 part (entire LCD housing) down the road.

If you look, the LCD is being held on by one side of the frame now.

Wazahere
Jul 10, 2006, 03:45 PM
yeah, i dropped mine too which originally would hold itself up just like yours for a while but then it just got increasingly worse....

so i'd suggest opening it (or have someone that knows what they're doing) open it and you should be able to see which part it is.. mostl likely the bezel brace, just sayin' that cause mine ended up beign broken in 3 spots, and was similar to the looks of yours now.

that ifixit site is pretty good, btw.

Macmaniac
Jul 10, 2006, 03:58 PM
This is NOT an expensive repair. I work for an Apple Authorized Service Center and I have seen this kind of thing before.

All he needs is a new bezel brace assembly, he has cracked his old one. The yellow tape you see is the stuff that covers part of the Inverter board for the LCD.

You might even be lucky, some independents might even fix it under AppleCare, since the bezel assembly does not have to go back to Apple no one has to know you broke it.

disconap
Jul 10, 2006, 05:43 PM
It's only expensive if you can't find the part. They run in the $50 range everywhere I've seen them, except for ebay.

Two options--deal with it (I had a G3 ibook, now part of a modding project, that had that and I just used it that way until the other side broke as well), or try to track down the part and DIY it. It's a little time consuming, but a pretty straightforward repair...

phoenix9744
Jul 10, 2006, 06:51 PM
please give me some advice, i managed 2 knock my 6 month old pride and joy G4 Ibook off my bed and onto the floor where it landed with a painful thud! on inspecting the ibook i noticed that the 2 little arms that attatch the lid to the keyboard were slightly popped open?!?!?! so i managed to snap the casing on them back together, on further inspection the only remaining damage seems to be just above the g4 ibook logo at the bottom of the screen, the casing seems to have come detatched from the bottom of the screen itself, meaning when i open the lid of the ibook, it pries the screen and casing apart everytime i open it, when the lid is open the problem is barely noticeable, however i feel that this problem may get worse and develop into something major, basically im panicking and if anyone has done something similar or has advice it would be much appreciated :) :mad:

btw this is the problem
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i120/air95s/aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamac.jpg


I have had the exact same issue. A mattress fell on my open ibook, forced the screen back, the exact same result. the screen popped in the same way. luckily i sent the computer in for an unrelated issue and they fixed it too.

baxterbrittle
Jul 11, 2006, 03:06 AM
Almost looks to me like the inverter board is wedged in between the soft flexible plastic of the front bezel. Take it apart and take pictures. But mostr likely very easily/cheaply fixed. You can order a bezel direct from Apple service centres.

mr.b
Nov 22, 2006, 08:09 AM
I have the same problem and I'm good with fixing it myself.
I see a front display bezel, a rear display bezel and a display clutch assembly
as available parts to repair the display.
If someone had experience as to which of these I'm most likely going to need to replace I'd apprecaite hearing this.
Thanks,
Luke