Broke ibook 12 G4 Screen/How to Replace?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Patrick Bateman, Mar 11, 2006.

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    Dropped my cell phone on the screen of my 12 inch G4 ibook. Got a pretty good crack under the surface which has totally screwed up my viewing experience so now I'm considering my options. Is this easy enough to replace with an lcd off of ebay or do I need to send it in anywhere? Or just sell it and get a new ibook? Hoping for some ideas. My day has sucked so far. Thanks for any help.
     
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    mad jew

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    Look through this guide to see whether you're game. It's not for the faint hearted. I'd take it to an Apple certified technician. :)
     
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    Shamus

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    as mad jew pointed out, replacing the screen will be a hefty undertaking. Also, it come cheap, wether you do it yourself or get apple to do it. Of course, getting apple to do it will be more expensive, but its up to you to decide wether the cost of replacing it is really worth it. Otherwise, you could just hope that the intel iBooks rumored to be introduced shortly have a price cut aswell.
     
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    asherman13

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    CompUSA will do it for around $200 if you provide them with a screen; at least that's what it was when I asked a year ago or so.
     
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    Shamus

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    Yeah, then you need to find the screen. You might get one off eBay for cheap, otherwise, I was looking on a site the other day with prices for a screen. From memory, I think it was about $200-300. Ill try and find the link.
     
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    Shamus

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    First, thanks for all the replies. Second, I'm hoping to just get the actual LCD screen and not the bezel and the cover so from what I've seen on ebay, it looks like about $100 to $160 for that and then either do it myself or for $50 I can get someone else to do it for me. Keep the ideas coming. Currently seeing if insurance will cover any of this.
     
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    Anyone have any specific break down of the display since I think I'm going in. I'm intending to replace just the LCD within the display and have been looking everywhere for an ibook or powerbook break down on how to do it. Thanks!
     
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    mad jew

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    I haven't seen a better place than the iFixit Guides for this sort of thing. In case you missed it, there's a link in my first post. :)
     
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    Hey, yeah I saw it and its probably the best out there for it but it doesn't get into taking apart the display to replace the LCD, at least I didn't see that part if it's there.
     
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    Great place for screen replacement

    I busted a new aluminum 15" screen. Apple wanted $1,300 to fix it, but a friend found out about Weneger Media who specializes in laptop repairs. They wanted $550.00 for a new screen installed, to bend the case back in shape, and to install my own 7200 RPM drive. They were fast, the screen was very close if not equal to Mac quality, and very courteous/efficient. After a year, everything is fine.

    Weneger Media at http://www.wegenermedia.com/ is highly recommended.

    Good luck-
     
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    gman71882

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    Ibook screen replacement

    I work at a University, and had a student place her Ibook on top of her Car in the parking lot, drive off and the computer slid off and destroyed the screen.
    She Purchased a Ibook for parts off Ebay for $100 and i frakensteined the computers together to make one working one.
    It ended up working fine, so just be aware of what your doing, Use the take apart manuals for your correct version of the ibook. and it should work out.
    Its about a 3-4 hour job, but it is alot of fun!.

    If you need the take apart manuals let me know i have 9 of the digital PDF versions for the various ibook revisions - up untill about early 2004 models.
    other wise Ifixit has some good online take apart manuals
     

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