Salvage a dead iBook?

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  1. anrake macrumors newbie

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    My wife's iBook G3 600 recently died so we got a new one. Supposedly there was a problem with the logic board so I decided it wasn't worth sending in to fix. now my question is what can I do with this thing?

    The HDD should be OK so I can put that in an external enclosure. I can probably use the extra RAM i installed and the battery should work on the new one too. Is there anything else to salvage? Anything I can do with the screen?
     
  2. munckee macrumors 65816

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    Apple has a logic board replacement program for early ibooks. It's good even after the warranty expires and they'll fix it for free. Its worth at least taking it in to see if they'll fix it. You'll get more for it working than broken.
     
  3. Eniregnat macrumors 68000

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    Instead of a drive enclosure you can also get a cheap USB to IDE connector for about $20 U.S. I don't trust TigerDriect because the denied a rebate that I know I did correctly. Search for Cables Unlimited USB 2.0 to IDE Cable with Power Adapter. I used one to transfer data from my busted iBook.

    Then I would part the computer out, or if your willing sell it to somebody that needs anything other than the logic board. It's worth posting here in the Market Place Forum

    iFixit.com has instructions.
     
  4. anrake thread starter macrumors newbie

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    munckee, according to the guy at the Genius Bar this one was too old. that replacement program is only good for 3 years from the purchase date. naturally, that just passed a few months ago.

    eniregnat, thanks for the tips. i'll look into the cable.
     
  5. mmmcheese macrumors 6502a

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  6. disconap macrumors 68000

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    I got an enclosure for an old laptop drive for $15 on ebay. So I'd say go with the enclosure. ;)

    ANd to the original poster, there are PLENTY of people who want parts, I would part it out. Check the "for sale" section of this board, there are a few posts up there about it. You should be able to get a decent amount for the monitor (like in the $50 range, I would think), and the RAM (which may not be compatible with your new ibook, unless you bought a same generation one) can fetch a decent price, as can the drive, the power supply (I may be interested in that, by the way), the battery (if it still holds a charge), and the cd drive if it works. The best thing in there, if you have it, is the Airport card, which you can get about $100 for on ebay (the original Apple airport cards were discontinued, so anyone with a G3 ibook or Imac or an early G4 needs those)...

    I'd say part it out either here or on ebay. I bet a tinkerer would even be interested in the logic board to mess around with.
     
  7. anrake thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks disconap, I totally forgot about the airport card. Sounds like parting it out or selling as is (hdd in tact) might be the way to go. I live in Tokyo so parting it here or on eBay may not be the best way to go. Will look locally.
     
  8. disconap macrumors 68000

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    No problem! I still suggest selling the airport card on ebay, it's small and light, so it's cheap to ship...
     
  9. California macrumors 68040

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    I'd also just find out how much it would cost to have apple put on a new logic board. It seems silly that they won't honor their extended extended warranty now..
     
  10. anrake thread starter macrumors newbie

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  11. California macrumors 68040

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    If that 400 dollars puts it back under warranty, it MIGHT be a way to go. Ask Apple if it extends the warranty or not. I actually think the Apple price is 349 and the extra money goes to the Apple dealer or tech that is helping you. I think the price for out of warranty laptops is 349. Ask them what the actual price is from Apple and see if you can't send it in directly to Apple.
     
  12. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020

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    Part it out.

    You should be able to sell the LCD, keyboard, RAM, and HDD all individually. From there, you can probably sell what's left of the case and its innards to someone for a few bucks.
     
  13. Mord macrumors G4

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    buy a new logic board from ebay and replace it yourself, or have a techy friend to do it.

    my 600MHz ibook breaks on a regular basis thats because i treat it like crap, but i repair it every month or so, i thought it was a gonner this morning but just took it apart and cleaned everything with a swab and meths and now it works.
     
  14. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    Your iBook is on Crystal Meth??? Man, I'd like to see what kind of crazy stuff appears when you turn on the screen saver.
     
  15. Mord macrumors G4

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    what exactly is crystal meth, i've heard of it but dont know what it is, we dont have it in the uk.
     
  16. disconap macrumors 68000

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    Yes you do, it's just not called meth over there. It's called speed.
     

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