Broken Powerbook G4

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by cheezewiz, Aug 24, 2004.

  1. cheezewiz macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2004
    Hey Everyone,

    Im pretty desperate for any ones suggestions, but first here is a little background info. A while ago I purchaced a powerbook g4. After being a mac hater all my life, I fell in love with it. Unfortunately shortly after the 90 day warranty expired I started hearing a suspicious rattleing and my cdrom would work on and off as it chose. I also suffered from my cds getting a circular scratch on them everytime I put one in the combo drive. Finally one day when I put a cd into the combo drive the whole powerbook locked up and would not respond. I rebooted and all was fine except the cd would not eject, the powerbook would not even detect the cdrom as a device in the compter. So after thinking about it for a while me and a friend opened the powerbook up useing the powerbook service manual which I found online. After struggleing to get it apart because of a poorly mounted stand off that was soldered to the logic board breaking off and a fan connector breaking we found the problem. A screw that was supposed to hold the combo drive in place came loose, got lodged in the drive and shorted it out. we removed the cd and screw and put the powerbook back together. Unfortunately I still dont think all the screws are in the right places, ill be sure to fix that next time its apart. The comdo drive still does not work. Im afraid that instead of only frying the drive that it may have fried an ide channel too. Also the fan doesnt work after we broke the connector, if all else fails i may have to solder the wires to the logic board.
    I guess my question is has anyone had a problem like this before? Because I voided the warranty by taking it apart (even tho the warranty was expired) will apple still work on it for me? Is there someone who will work on it cheeper? I dont want to go spend 400 dollars on a combo drive to find out the ide channel is fried. Does anyone have any advice on what to do?

    Also under the keyboard there is a small metalic looking object held in place by a piece of yellow see through tape. Anyone know what this is?

    Thanks For The Help,

  2. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ

    Apple's parts and labor warranty is one year, not 90 days. 90 days is the length of the free phone support. Sucks that you took your powerbook apart without actually knowing what you were doing...
  3. cheezewiz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2004

    well haha, im kinda upset to find that out, someone told me it was 90 days, guess it was just a mixup. Any ideas of how I may be able to get it worked on? Anyone know if apple will still service it.

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