Help! iBook screen broken, being held ransom by a computer fixing place!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by McKenna, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2009

    I got an iBook in April 2006 right before they released the MacBook. About two years later, I saw something pushing the plastic outward off the screen, right about where it says 'iBook'. I stuck a fingernail in to try to get whatever it was out (oops) and my screen immediately went black. You can still make out whats on the screen, but just barely.. mostly where the light is coming through the Apple logo.

    I just recently took it to get fixed, and they are saying it's going to cost £500 to fix, because it's something with the logicboard. I'm not computer-savvy at all, but I'm not convinced I didn't cause some sort of damage that should be relatively cheap to fix.

    Can someone educate me on what might be the problem before I pay the £50 service charge just to get my broken computer back?

    Thank you!
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2007
  3. macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2009
    £500 to fix it... sounds like
    A) ********
    B) a new computer, if you want
    Either way, you only pulled out the LED backlight inverter. You could disassemble it and plug it back in, but the LCD assembly is somewhat difficult to take apart from experience.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2009
    Thats bizarre because the plastic is pushed out on my iBook in the exact same place....either way its not cheap to fix these. Bummer.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2007
    It's either the fluorescent tube backlight known as CCFL or the inverter board that it plugs into. LCD inverter sell for about $10 and CCFL the same, about $10. On Ebay. Inverter easy to replace, CCFL extremely difficult. Both located on the bottom behind the iBook logo

    Good luck,
  6. macrumors 604

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    No iBook is worh 500 pounds to fix. You could get a refurb or used MacBook for that kind of money.

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