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Old Apr 25, 2008, 09:25 PM   #1
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TiBook is killing me......

Ok, I've posted this problem about 5 months ago but I never really got any help so here goes.

I'll just be sitting there working, surfing the web, or playing a game on my '01 TiBook and I'll reach up to change the viewing angle of the display, and then POOF! It makes a funny electronic beep sound and it will be off. Everything that I was just doing is just GONE. The computer shut itself off. Now, I'm thinking that it might be bad display cables that are getting pinched or are somehow touching eachother when I adjust the display and its giving the logic board a nice shock or shorting something out.

What you guys think? Do I need to open it up and start replacing stuff or could it be something else? I'm just really worried that something will get corrupted or erased from the sudden shutdown.
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Old Apr 25, 2008, 09:35 PM   #2
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Sever emotional ties and dump it...
your signature suggests you have far better toys.
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Old Apr 25, 2008, 09:37 PM   #3
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It's been said to me before but I just can't seem to. It was the first mac I ever owned and I want to keep it until it dies.
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Old Apr 25, 2008, 09:39 PM   #4
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I hear you, I'm sure I'll be the same with my macbook.

Maybe take it to a specialist and say "Give me quick 5 min. suggestion as to what you think it would be and about how much it would cost for me as a DIY project?"
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Old Apr 25, 2008, 09:43 PM   #5
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It's been said to me before but I just can't seem to. It was the first mac I ever owned and I want to keep it until it dies.
Well, it sort of sounds like you are about at that point!

Seriously, what it sounds like to me, is that you have a connection that is shorting out. The problem will be to find where that is happening. But I would start with the hinges, and then go from there.

And yes, I understand about wanting to keep your first Mac as long as it works.
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Old Apr 25, 2008, 09:54 PM   #6
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It's not dead until it won't turn on anymore. And, I'll try removing the display and looking at the wires. It might be as simple as re-applying some insulation to them (i love electrical tape).
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Old Apr 26, 2008, 09:44 AM   #7
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It's not dead until it won't turn on anymore.
If you will notice at the end of my post I put this -->

An indicator of humor if you will.

Heck, I still have my PB170 from around 1993. It finally quit working -- won't turn on. When I get time, I will be trouble shooting it. And I still have my MacSE from around 1986. So I completely understand where you are coming from.

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And, I'll try removing the display and looking at the wires. It might be as simple as re-applying some insulation to them (i love electrical tape).
I am not sure how the Ti PowerBook wires are connected from display to logic board. The Ai PowerBook ones look like they would be hard to fix. If the same is true for the Ti PowerBook, you might want to get an old one and use the wiring harness from that one to fix yours.

Good luck and let us know how it works out.
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Old Apr 26, 2008, 11:28 AM   #8
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I looked up on iFixit how to remove the display and yes your correct, it's exceedingly hard to take it off. You almost have to completely gut the inside of the computer just to get to where it plugs into the logic board. The biggest thing I've ever done in this laptop is remove the hard drive so I hope I don't mess it up.
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Old Apr 26, 2008, 01:48 PM   #9
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I looked up on iFixit how to remove the display and yes your correct, it's exceedingly hard to take it off. You almost have to completely gut the inside of the computer just to get to where it plugs into the logic board. The biggest thing I've ever done in this laptop is remove the hard drive so I hope I don't mess it up.
If you don't want to do the work yourself, why not send it to any one of these places for a quote:

http://www.powerbookmedic.com/Apple-...G3-G4-p-3.html

http://techrestore.com/powerbook/
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If you don't want to do the work yourself, why not send it to any one of these places for a quote:

http://www.powerbookmedic.com/Apple-...G3-G4-p-3.html

http://techrestore.com/powerbook/
Sounds like a good idea.
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Old Apr 27, 2008, 03:16 AM   #11
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That has happened a few times with my iBook G4 1.42 GHz.

Once while I was witting a paper and I failed to save. I was angry.
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the ribbon cable that connects the display board to the LCD goes through the hinge. As the hinges wear, the ribbon tends to get 'pinched' - hence the problem you're having. It's a known issue.

Given the age of the machine, it's probably not worth spending the money to get fixed professionally - and even the parts can be expensive. Also, replacing lid hinges on a TiBook is not what you might call fun! (I speak from personal experience here ).

Frankly, I think it's probably time to retire the machine - sorry, but I had to make the same decision myself about 6 months ago =]
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