iBook G3 video chip not working

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by upsguy27, Apr 17, 2008.

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    upsguy27

    #1
    I have read about this issue before, and I know it is a major problem with this model iBook. When I turn on my iBook nothing shows on the display, just sound, and when it does work, there is just a fuzzy picture. Pressing on the area where the video chip is(left armrest) fixes the issue, but only if I hold it. Someone said to put something in the case to apply pressure to the video chip, and this worked, but only for a little while before the same thing started happening again. What I need is some repair place that will fix this for cheap, also maybe "clean up" my iBook a bit, it's kind of dirty, missing the bottom bumpers, and missing some screws. What do you think it would cost to get this fixed and cleaned up?
     
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    OrangeSVTguy

    #2
    There is a company in Arizona that will reflow the solder of the graphics chip for $50. I don't think that includes shipping or disassembly of the ibook so it's probably just best for you to take it apart yourself and just send in the motherboard. I think they also provide you a 1 year warranty too. Here's their website, firstphasetech.

    I have the same problem with mine but it's been fine with a shim that I used. I'm wanting to sell mine and I think that extra warranty will only add to the value.
     
  3. macrumors newbie

    #3
    I have this exact problem also on my G3 iBook. The screen will not stay on unless I hold or press somewhere on the left side of my base. Wasn't there a recall or something about this a while ago? I'd like to take it and get the problem fixed if it is a known issue and Apple will do do it for free. If they won't, I already have a MacBook I use primarily so I wouldn't pay to have it fixed.
     
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    upsguy27

    #4
    They did, but the program to fix the iBooks for free ended in July of 2007.

    EDIT: Here's the link: http://www.apple.com/support/ibook/faq/ It says it ended on July 17, 2007, but I am going to try and contact them it see if I can get mine fixed for free.
     
  5. macrumors 68000

    techound1

    #5
    The reflow only works if it's in the process of going. If the video is completely gone, it won't work (firstphase and I and went through this when they were just getting going on ebay).
     
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    OrangeSVTguy

    #6
    Ok you're the one that directed me to them in the first place. So if the graphics chip is already screwy it won't work then? Mines been working fine with a shim, does that mean mine can't be fixed either?
     
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    techound1

    #7
    If it's working with a shim, it can be reflowed because (as they explained to me) there is enough of a connection still there. What the reflow does is heats the solder (that has separated to make the video issue) back up and reflows the separated joints back together to re-complete fragile connections. If it pooes the bed with the shim, then it's too far gone to do the reflow.
     

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