FS: G3 iBook 800Mhz 640Mb no backlight

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    It's a second generation G3 with 640Mb of ram, 30 gig HD, airport card, and combo drive. It just doesn't have a back light that works. It comes with a bookendz, 10.3 and iLife '04 CDs. Other than the backlight on the LCD it works great. I have desktop spanning enabled via the firmware hack so you can use it as a regular desktop on up to a 1600x1200 at 85Hz, and the big resolution Apple displays.

    I'm thinking of asking about $300 or $400 for it. What do you guys think? Anybody interested?
     
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    I'd say the Bookendz + panther + ilife '04 would be worth $100 or $150. Maybe I should sell those separate from the iBook since there's no working backlight? As for the iBook, it still works and the specs aren't terrible... I was thinking around $300... since it makes a perfectly good desktop.
     
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    Samething happened to me

    on my ibook the same thing happened to me. it really sucked till my dad felt bad for me gave me his tibook and got a new aluminum powerbook. yoou should get it fixed it only costs like 150 and the yoou could sell it for like 800 bucks.
     
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    It really costs $150 with no apple care or anything like that? I was thinking more along the lines of $200 or $300. Anybody else care to take a guess?
     
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    that sounds like it's the logic board; similar thing happened to mine and apple fixed it for free.

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    on mine, the backlight would go out if i opened the lid past 90 degrees. that's also not specifically mentioned, but when i called them to tell them he almost immediately told me they'd be sending me a box for the return.

    it also fixed the problem i'd called earlier about -- when i closed the lid, the backlight didn't always go out. that time, i spent over an hour on the phone w/ a tech, trying to figure out why. i'd always suspected the logic board (they said no), but it's fixed now!
     
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    no, I don't think it sounds like the logic board. I had an ibook 600 that on which the backlight was dying (before I got it fixed). It was the wiring that runs from the computer, through the hinge, to the display. I had applecare, so apple fixed it for free; not sure what it would cost without applecare. With my display, it would go black whenever the display was adjusted, and it got worse and worse; had it gone much longer, I imagine it would have failed entirely.
     
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    that's what i thought was wrong w/ mine but called apple on a whim. turns out it was the logic board. go figure.
     
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    It's definately the wireing. I've had it fixed but during the fix they broke the Airport cable (runs through at the same side of the hinge)... so they had to fix that one to...
    Now a couple of months later I've got some weird stripes over the display (only when opening closing the LCD in some angles) it happend to be the last out of the three cables that runs through the hinge (LCD cable is on the other side, and my dealer says it's not warrented by the other fixes :( )
    So I spended around 175 euro (excluding sales tax) to get it fixed, the first repair was only 75euro, they did a 50/50 deal on that.

    It really is a problem with the iBook. I had mine around 1.5 years when the problems started appearing I've used the iBook every day very intensive but a laptop should be able to do that in my opinion. I think apple needs to have these repairs under warranty.
     
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    now, that _is_ a symptom of the logic board going bad. from here:
    (emphasis mine)
     
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    I know it are the symptoms but I've had my iBook at the dealer and they told me that the cable was broken just as what happend to the backlight.
    Furthermore the dealer says it's not the logic board because it is not constant and only in specified angles of the screen that sounds more like a cable issue.
     
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    as i said, i also thought my issue had to do w/ the cable. but apple replaced the logic board and the issue went away. if you don't feel like making the call, that's your choice. good luck.
     
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    ibook

    first of all the ibook screen replacement only covers cerntain ibooks and secoond of all i will get you a link to a place that can fix it for pretty cheap. My dad said for like 250 they will look at the whole comp and replace all the bad parts and it will be good as new again.
     

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