iBook Logicboard Replacement? Is Apple using a new part?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by destroyboredom, Jun 23, 2004.

  1. destroyboredom macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2002
    Washington, DC.
    I was just curious, my ibook recently went in for the 3rd time to have it's logicboard replaced. The first time was right before they announced the replacement program, the second time was about a month after.

    I'm curious if Apple has developed a permanent fix to this problem?

    Now to be completely honest, I'm hoping mine fails again, because Apple customer care told me they wouldn't expect me to go through a 4th hardware repair and would "probably replace the unit." I'm thinking this would be a good time to upgrade to a 12" powerbook for the cost difference.

    Anyone else out there have a logicboard fail after getting it fixed through the new program?
  2. yoda13 macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2003
    I did a thread on this a few weeks ago and the consensus was that there was no consensus. Some said yes, others said no. I don't think anyone could provide a definitive answer. If I were you, I would probably not expect this newest fix to be any different than the last one. That doesn't mean it will fail, but I would expect that it will be the same as the last time, since it has already been repaired under the logic board program.
  3. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    As overheard by me: (a british lady is at the genius bar in Cambridge MA with a dead iBook.) Tech says: (and I paraphrase) It's not the board itself, but the casing which allows too much flex, and this torques the logic board, causing failure. The G4 iBooks do not suffer from this. So, installing a new logic board is really only a temporary fix. BIG ASS NOTE: One way to avoid making the case flex, is to NEVER EVER EVER pick it up by a corner with the display open. Two hands on each side, or a hand on the center of the bottom etc. so the weight is evenly supported.
  4. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    that big note makes alot of sense.i always held mine by the corner, but nobody ever told me ...

    I should note that apple does not offer upgrades between lines very easily. I had my iBook quit last summer and a i boxed up the old one, sold it on ebay and bought the powerbook ... it was my only option, i probably spent about 10 hours on the phone with apple just about getting the upgrade to the powerbook and they wouldn't do it , even if i paid the difference. I talked to managers on different shifts and things like that and it was just not happenening ....
  5. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    i had my logic board replaced 11 June 04. here's what's on my proof of repair:

    Part Number: APPP72B
    Part Number Replaced: 630-4039 PCBA, 800 MHz

    hope that's of some help.
  6. destroyboredom thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2002
    Washington, DC.
    I checked my repair sheets the first one dated 1/20 just says:
    630-4039 PCBA, 800MHZ

    630-4039 PCBA, 800MHZ/658-0237 KEYBOARD ASSY

    600-8601 ASSY,INVERTER/SLEEP /630-4039 PCBA, 800MHZ/632-0175 CABLE,FLEX,HDD/OPT

    So I give this one about 2 months, like the last one.

    As for proper "handling" it's good to know because I usually do handle it by 1 corner, and if continuing that will get me a G4 iBook, then I think I'll continue doing it. Obviously getting a 12" powerbook would be great but I could settle for the G4 ibook.
  7. Mord macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    I always lift my ibook by the corners and i will continue doing so (I've had mine replaced twice once under the logic board replacement program once in warrenty)
  8. CmdrLaForge macrumors 68040


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    BTW, the iBook repair program has been updated a few days ago. They are now covering even more iBooks under this program

  9. caveman_uk Guest


    Feb 17, 2003
    Hitchin, Herts, UK
    The list looks like it covers nearly all G3 white ibooks from introduction until they were phased out. I've had one board failure about 11 months from new (about 7 months ago). I try not to lift by the corners as it doesn't feel too good doing it anyway....

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