Computer from H@ll

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by acdninjapan, Jan 26, 2005.

  1. acdninjapan macrumors newbie


    Jul 6, 2004
    The Beaches Tokyo Japan
    Hi, I just had my 3 month old 14 inch Apple iBook G4(800mhz 1.2GB Ram 80GB HDD) go in for service twice in the space of 2 weeks. The first time was due to my logic board having a meltdown and required Apple Service to replace the logic, video and sound boards. A week later the harddrive gave up the ghost and I lost all my data except for my backups from 24hrs previous.

    I'd like to prevent a recurrance of this from happening, what steps would you recommend I take?
  2. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    You got a lemon. Sucks but it happens. Apple has the lowest rate for lemons, but they happen. Stick with it, because if it goes in 3+ times I think they ship you a brand new computer...
  3. GodBless macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2005
    I've had a lot of trouble with my iBook too and if I could go back I would have bought a PowerBook instead.

    Here is a list of my troubles so far on my two year old G3 iBook:
    - My combo drive makes noise, scratches disks and jams. I never got it fixed. Too pricey.
    - My screen broke I bought a new one. Since I got it replaced sometimes when I push my screen at a certain angle while it is open it will go to sleep out of no where. (refurbished $250).
    - My "J" key broke and I got it replaced for free.
    - My logic board's video card gave out (lost all my data the first time even though I told Apple to do a data transfer incase my data was accidentally :mad: lost.) ($50 because of data transfer I asked for my money back and got it back)
    - Every once in a while the battery lock on the bottom of my computer will come loose and the battery will fall out. I've tried to make sure it is totally locked but it seems to get loose and fall out when I least expect it no matter what I do.
    - My logic board's video card gave out for a second time :mad: and I had a Third party take my hard drive out and backup my data so Apple wouldn't loose it this time. Apple didn't loose it this time so the backup I did was a waste of money. (Third party backup $50.)
    - My DC inboard gradually gave out and I had to get it replaced. Since I got a refurbished one the light randomly turns orange and green instead of properly indicating the charging status.
    - Currently my shift key is broken and doesn't give me a capital letter always I sort of fixed it with tape but I haven't had a chance to get it replaced.
    - I also recently noticed a burning order coming out of my computer. Not sure what is causing it but I did read a thread recently on this site that faced the issue. I think someone said it was the keyboard getting too hot and having a chemical reaction because of getting too hot. If this is the case I don't know why I didn't notice it before.
    - I have had a lot of other computer problems but I can't think of any more right now but I feel your pain.

    I learned the hard way to backup my data. I use SuperDuper! free backup utility. It works fast and efficiently and I recommend it to everyone.

    I am very careful with my iBook so I don't understand why I've had so many problems.

    If I would have had a Powerbook instead I probably wouldn't have had even close to this amount of problems and wasted $300 and all my data about a year ago.

    I am in the same boat with acdninjapan can anyone help us to avoid problems in the future?
  4. GodBless macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2005
    Are you serious? If so tell me where you got the information!
  5. diamond geezer macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2004
  6. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    The iBook G3 Logic Board repairs. A number of people reported getting new iBooks after 3 repairs. And there might be a "Lemon Law" or something, where if an object is failing after being repaired 3 times it is replaced because it is just a piece of junk.

    Some Linketys for you.

    (By the way, the word "Linkety" is broken into 3 parts. :D)
  7. GodBless macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2005
    Thanks for the links. Great info! Maybe the next time I send my computer in for another logic board repair they will send me a new iBook. I hope my logic board will give out after the iBook G5 is released!! :eek:

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