How long does a Powerbook G4 last?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by the vj, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2006
    About 1 year and 6 months

    But in my case 1 year and 5 months.

    Tpoday one of my powerbooks got a black screen at the start up. No way to make the screen to work even I can tell the rest just runs fine.

    I had the same problem with my Pismos and well, I would have to take the G4 to tech support on monday and get charged for the repair big time because I do not have Apple Care on this one, specillay when it took me 10 months to get the track pad replacement for another powerbook I have.

    Well, lets see. :s
  2. macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2007
    If eveything else is working, hook up a external monitor.
    If that works, use it until you can determine a perminate solution.

    Worst Case = Expensive Desktop.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2004
    So. Cal
    Mine is at about 40 months now, running fine. Still folding after all these years.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Oct 17, 2006
    1 1/2 years, are you joking? I have had mine just under 4 years.
  5. macrumors member


    Feb 21, 2007
    I have had mine for 4 years and 3 months. never had any problems with it. Was your G4 a Titianium or Alluminum? Mine is alluminum. My work has had several titianiums and have screen problems with almost all of them.
  6. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
  7. macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    That's what AppleCare is for... sucks to hear what can happen, though. Good to hear that the guy got his data backed up.
  8. macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    Mine is at 2 years, 11 months exactly yesterday.
    While she is feeling a little sluggish at times, she's still my little beaut!

    Hope yours works out for ya, :)
  9. macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    My Ti PBG4 still runs great, but
    - the HDD had to be replaced
    - the combo drive barely works/all burns fail
    - the backlight sometimes goes out completely :eek:

    If you hook it up to an external monitor and avoid CD use it still performs great though. A useful machine, though perhaps not as portable as it once was. Well, I guess "great" might be giving it a little too much credit. :)
  10. macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004
    Well mine is 2 years and 5 months old.
    Logic board replaced once
    Hard drive replaced once (not technically Apple's fault)

    White stains on screen (again not Apple's fault) but it's outside of the replacement programme:(

    Ambient light sensors no longer work, so no backlit keyboard or auto adjust screen brightness.

    And smaller problem the power light is dead.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 30, 2006
    I've had mine for a little over 2 years and it's still going strong. Never had any problems with it.
  12. macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    yeah the tibooks seem to be puttering along just fine. My uncle bought one about 4 or 5 years ago that I had for a few months and since I got my MBP my mom is now using.

    I'm hoping to get similar results from my MBP but we'll see, gonna have to get that apple care at the end of the first year though.
  13. macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Two Tibooks, one purchased August 2001 -- still running great, other a few months later still running great.

    Thats over five and a half years.

    My latest PB is only 9 months old, build date of June 2006, purchased in August 2006.

    Still running GREAT.

    There used to be a 329 dollar Apple program for your stock PB Tibook if there was a problem with it out of warranty. Check it out.
  14. macrumors 68000


    Aug 12, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    I've had my PB for over two years now and it's working just as well as the day it arrived at my door (knock on wood). Hopefully it'll keep acting like this because I sure as heck can't afford a new one right now.
  15. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Mine is at about 40 months and still going fine.
  16. macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2007
    Blue Dot, Red State
    My 1.67 G4 is 1.5 years old, my Ti is 5+, my G3 iBook is likewise 5, and my 3400C is 8+.

    They don't sleep and only restart after major software updates.

    0 problems with all three.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    beige matchbox

    Mar 16, 2005
    Oxfordshire, UK
    My powerbook will be 2 in June i think, apart from it's narcalpsy attack (fixed by me) it's perfect

    And my old iBook, 300Mhz, bought back in 1999 apart from a well abused looking case also works floorlessly :cool:
  18. macrumors 68020


    Dec 4, 2005
    Still here.
    Mine's going on 21 months without a single hardware issue. What's more is that it comes with me to work and back on a regular basis as well as other traveling I do and still no problems.

    The only issies I've had with my PB are software issues, which were mostly (if not entirely) because of something I did wrong (i.e. renaming my Home folder, etc.).
  19. macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2006
    From Canada, living in Seoul
    Mine is the last of the 17" PowerBooks, purchased March 13, 2006.

    I had the fans replaced last week because they made a slight grinding noise when doing processor-intensive stuff like encoding video. I didn't think much of it, but I figured that I could have the fans replaced in under an hour (I'm friends with a guy who runs an Apple service center). I had no idea how defective my stock fans were until I got the new ones put in. This thing runs so much cooler and quieter now... it's like I got a new computer.

    I did get AppleCare because I wouldn't want to pay for a repair out of warranty. It also gives me peace of mind. I can forsee this computer lasting me for years and years to come, so long as Apple keeps putting out OS X with PowerPC support :)
  20. macrumors 68030


    Aug 5, 2004
    a profane existence
    My PB is almost 3yrs old now. It is still going strong.

    Applecare replaced a dead HD in December.

    Question: Does anyone purchase a second AppleCare after/before the first 3yr AppleCare expires? Is it worth it to purchase a 2nd AppleCare when I will probably still use the PB long after 4yrs?
  21. macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2006
    From Canada, living in Seoul
    I didn't know you could do that
  22. macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    My PowerBook is three and a half years old now, one of the first-off-the-line Aluminum 15" models, so it had the white spots problem, that was fixed. I managed to mess up the SuperDrive and that was replaced. Just before my AppleCare ran out, I had the backlight and screen hinge replaced. Never had a hard drive crash or other significant hardware problem. I'll probably sell it sometime next year if it's still functional and replace it with a 13" MacBook (or, even better, some even smaller/lighter Intel 'Book of some sort not-yet-revealed).
  23. macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2004
    So. Cal
    All three? I count four.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2004
    So. Cal
    Floorlessly? Do you know something about controling gravity that the rest of us might like to try out?
  25. macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2007
    Blue Dot, Red State
    I wasn't counting the iBook, just put it in for the info., but I guess the 3400 should be ruled out too.

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