Black Screen on ibook G4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by calicoeyes, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    A few months ago I bought an ibook g4 on ebay for $250. It has worked great. I was informed that the model I bought had an issue with the connection between the screen and keyboard. A few times, the screen would go black, but I would re start and it would come back and be fine.
    Last night the screen went black and no matter how many times I re start, the screen will not turn on. I even let the battery run out and then try it. Nothing, just a black screen.
    Is there anything else I can do, or is it really gone forever?
    Is there any way I can get my music off of this ibook? And is there a way I could connect an external screen?

    Any help would be appreciated, otherwise I guess I'm gonna just buy a new macbook.
     
  2. macrumors 65816

    jodelli

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    It has a Mini vga port, so with an adapter you can hook up to an external monitor.
    I'm not encouraged by your screen going black though, this was a problem on some G3 iBooks. Sometimes if the graphics chip was carefully reheated the pins would re-seat, but I've seen one that ended up melted down.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    Firewire target disk mode to get stuff off. Find another mac to connect to.

    You may be able to revive the laptop by shimming a certain chip. Googling 'ibook g4 graphics fox' or variations therein will likely help.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the advice!!
     

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