What should I do with my water damaged Powerbook?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by xFU3Lx, Oct 1, 2005.

  1. macrumors member

    May 24, 2005
    Recently, my Powerbook got water spilled on it, god knows how. I just woke up and see it sitting there, locked up, in a puddle of water. I sent it to Apple and they quoted $1300 to fix. I had them just send it back to me.

    First off, I won my 15" Powerbook at the Tiger release. So i've got no real monetary loss on this mishap. But I've got a Mac addiction now, I don't want to be stuck using Windows forever. I need to get some advice on what I could do with this. I'm not really interested in paying $1300 to fix it.

    Option A: I could part it out, or sell it as a whole. I'm not sure how much money I could get for it as a whole though. They wouldnt' tell me what all is wrong with it. Logic board and CPU are probably fried. I'm pretty sure everything else is alright. Battery still works, the fans turn on when I hit the power button.

    If I sold what I could on it, I'd put that money towards an iMac G5.

    Option B: Find a local place to repair it. I think I could get it done cheaper locally.

    My main issue is figuring out how much I could get for the messed up PB. Whats everyones opinions on what I should do?
  2. macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    Option C: Give it to me please?

    Its going to cost a lot of money to fix it anywhere because if it is the logic board they are pretty expensive (6-700 from my memory)

    Part it out if you wish.
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    May 24, 2005
    Would it be best to part it out or sell it as a whole?
  4. macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    Depends really on how much people are willing to pay for parts. I have no idea in this area.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    what model is it?


    I may be interested in a full purchase.
  6. macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    This is a tough call. A shame it happened.

    You might see what an Apple authorized service place in your area might charge, for the repairs. If they could get it down to a $1000 or less, it might be worth the repair?

    However, you might see what kind of offers you can get on it, for parts and for the whole. I believe the Tiger giveaway boxes were 1.33 GHZ 15-inch Combo right? They have that model, as a refurb, at Apple.com right now. It is $1449. Maybe try to get $500-$600 for parts or the whole, and then spend the money to get that refurb offering from Apple.com, or whatever model you want.
  7. macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2004
    Northern California
    I'll give you like 100 bucks for it. More if you would like.

  8. thread starter macrumors member

    May 24, 2005
    15"/1.5 G4/combo drive/80gb/1gb

    Its the latest model. I have Tiger disk that came with it, and iLife. And a pretty nice laptop bag that I bought for it. I upgraded to 1gb RAM a month or so ago. Its Apple cert. RAM too, bought it off a guy who upgraded his 17" to 2 gb.
  9. thread starter macrumors member

    May 24, 2005
    Its the 1.5 GHz
  10. thread starter macrumors member

    May 24, 2005
    Lame ;)
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2005
    You should be able to get $600-700 for display alone.
    I would just sell its parts.

    Have you found who messed with your PB yet?
  12. thread starter macrumors member

    May 24, 2005
    Nope :(

    If I ever do though, they can count on a broken jaw.
  13. macrumors 68040


    Mar 26, 2001
    Over The Rainbow
    sell it on ebay youll probaly get around $800
  14. thread starter macrumors member

    May 24, 2005
    I hope I could get that much. That'd be plenty for me to add to some of what I've got and snatch up an iMac. :cool:
  15. macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2003

    it was me!!! HAHA!!

    seriously though, part it out. go here http://www.pbfixit.com/Guide/54.0.0.html and figure out what everything is and how to remove it. maybe even sell it all with a doa guarantee if you dont want to find a way to test it all.

    on second thought, maybe hold on to it for about 12 months until the parts arent in production any more and theyre really hard to find. i dont know how much that would effect the price (if at all, good/bad), so ymmv.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2005
    Left Coast
    why didn't you just let it dry out and then and use warranty on it?

    maybe that is sorta lame, but accidents do happen, and apple care IS expensive enough that when something like this happens maybe apple will just fix it...

    just a thought, but i guess it might be too late now...
  17. thread starter macrumors member

    May 24, 2005
    I did let it dry out before I sent it in on warranty. They found evidence of water damage and voided the warranty.
  18. Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Tell Apple it came that way out of the box. :p
  19. iDM
    macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2005
    The Commonwealth of PA/The First State-DE
    My first concern would be the spontaneous appearance of H2O.
  20. macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    Since you're a fellow PB winner :)D), it would be all profit.

    Maybe part it out, and then get an iBook with the money you got?
    You'd be back in the Mac world, and it'd be good.

    If you feel a need to visit a 15" PB, you can always head to the Apple Store...
  21. thread starter macrumors member

    May 24, 2005
    I've already tried to figure it out. I guess someone came into the room while i was gone and spilled somethin on it.
  22. macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Either that or keep a weather eye out for frogs, locusts, boils and general darkness....
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2005
    Does anybody carry insurance any more. :p
  24. macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    Yeah, no kidding. Try and see if it can get fixed through that. Got my 'bashed up iBook G4 fixed through insurance.
  25. macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    Definitely insurance! Free Powerbook + free replacement. Sounds good to me.

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