Dropped iBook

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by UKMacBod, Sep 13, 2004.

  1. macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2004

    Very carelessly I dropped my beloved iBook a while ago, and landed on a concrete surface. Increadibly luckily for me, it didn't seem to have anything wrong with it and and worked OK.

    However, it appears that the one thing it DID affect was the built-in ethernet. Whenever I plug in an ethernet cable (have tried from 2 separate locations...) I cannot get a connection.

    I was wondering if it's easier for me to try and have the ethernet port repaired (possible???) or to get a USB-to-Ethernet adaptor??

    Does anyone have such an adaptor? Or has anyone been able to repair their built-in Ethernet on an iBook / PowerBook?

  2. macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    i think the ethernet port is integrated on the logicboard and it would be difficult to "fix" just the port. if it's indeed broken, you could be told that the entire board needs to replaced, which could cost a lot of money.

    i'd go with some kind of usb/ethernet adapter and wireless...
  3. macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2003
    g3? if it is you can do the logic board replacement program with little hassle. also if you have apple care turn it in to them
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2003
    you need to replace the entire motherboard to repair the ethernet, not very cost effictive
    i'd suggest you get a wireless card and a wireless router

  5. macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    A friend of me has damaged his ethernet port on his ibook,
    apple said it would cost like $800 to fix it.
    Airport Extreme could be the solution, i think i read about some USB2Ethernet adaptors on xlr8yourmac.com a few years ago, not sure though..

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