12" PowerBook with water damage? HELP

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by varunbster, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. varunbster macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2007
    Hello everyone

    I have recently acquired a lightly used 12" pb with some "water damage."
    My neighbor gave it to me and its physically perfect. Its a late2005 model with 1.5ghz 512mb, etc.

    The water damage is internal. She had it with her in France for a year and when she came back stateside, it didn't seem to work as well until one day it just stopped working. The Apple report says "water damage" but I don't know anything else about it. I'm pretty curious about this, and I want to atleast replace the logicbrd on it, but before i shell out the money for that I wanted to see if there were any previous posts, links or suggestions you all might have for me. I should have it apart on my workbench in a day or two, I just need to remember to bring back the right screwdrivers from work.

    Thanks for any help!

  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
  3. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    A new logicboard for a G4 Powerbook costs as much as a brand new MacBook if you buy it new from apple
  4. Gymnut macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
    You could try and find a dead 12" Powerbook on eBay and perform the swap yourself. I'm not sure of the circumstances of the water damage suffered, but in my opinion, people who place beverages near their notebooks are just asking for it. I put my glasses or cups on the floor after a friend lost his pismo to a spilled 7UP.
  5. varunbster thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2007
    thanks for the input
    i was planning on only looking on ebay for the logicboard
    i figure putting more than 400 in this machine isnt worth it
  6. simonhead666 macrumors newbie


    Sep 28, 2008
    Uxbridge Ontario
    What did the laptop do at start-up?

    I just got a water damaged 1.5 G4 12" off of ebay for uber cheap...
    I believe the logic board is fried... perhaps the inverter too..
    I get a start up chime.. the screen has lines, then looks like the LCD is fighting for life.. (looks like clouds on screen) then goes white..
    does your laptop behave the same Varun?

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