Do Something Apple!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by pawn3d, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. pawn3d macrumors regular

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    Apple doesn't care about PowerBooks anymore so I'm asking here. See, I have got this ongoing startup issue when I try to power up my PB G4. I get this:
    • The power adapter light changes from yellow to green.
    • The hard drive spins. (No clicking or reading)
    • able to toggle the caps lock light on and off
    • num lock light toggles on and off when you press F5
    • The only key sequence that does anything is shift+ctrl+option+power button
    And that's it. NO CHIME OR SCREEN DISPLAY


    By the sheer volume of people with the same issue, I'm holding Apple accountable:

    http://www.pinoymac.org/forum/showthread.php?t=18510
    http://forums.macosxhints.com/showthread.php?t=65275
    http://www.maclife.com/forums/topic/74915
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=64020
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=110684
    http://www.applefritter.com/node/18912
    http://www.macintouch.com/readerreports/powerbookg4/topic2813.html#d06nov2006
    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=7589764
    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=733150&tstart=626
    http://macosx.com/tech-support/mac/powerbook-g4-boot-problem/334350.html
    http://lists.debian.org/debian-powerpc/2002/01/msg00288.html
    http://www.pinoymac.org/forum/showthread.php?t=15844

    Can i get a class action law suit?
     
  2. peapody macrumors 68040

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    Wow I never heard of this issue. What version of the PB is your machine?
     
  3. vaxt macrumors newbie

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    Sounds like a logic board failure. My MacBook Pro had an issue with similar symptoms. It was under warranty, however.
     
  4. dcains macrumors regular

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    How long do you think Apple should provide warranty service on a computer that's 2+ generations old? I just sold my 12" iBook G4 1.2MHz that I've had for 3.5+ years. It still worked 100%, but had it recently failed, I don't think I'd be too quick to be blaming Apple for not taking care of it. What would you like Apple to do for you?
     
  5. pawn3d thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, I smacked it on the DVD drive (from left to right) really hard and it started right. i got to the hardware test and it passed with flying colors. Also if I shake it vigorously it shuts down. It's been on for 32 hours now, but if I shut it down, it's not going tp start back up.


    What model is it? The 12 inch 1.33 mhz PB.
    What would I like Apple to do? Extended Warranty.
     
  6. techlover828 macrumors 68020

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    Apple offers a 3 year warranty called applecare which extends your complimentary 1 year coverage and 90 day phone support to 3 years.
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    No

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  8. Sirus2400 macrumors regular

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    Why am I not surprised that your computer is failing?
     
  9. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    Poor little PwrBook, WHAT DID IT EVER DO TO YOU!? I'm calling Steve and I'm going to have him take your Pwrbook into protective custody.

    Don
     
  10. Fanboy92 macrumors newbie

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    yet, 20 bucks says the same person would say "my mac has never failed and apple only makes systems that will never have problems"
     
  11. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    "And in closing, I feel that I should be able to hit my DVD drive and violently shake my computer and have it work perfectly well."

    "Mr. Jobs, does the defense have anything to say?"
     
  12. Chris Rogers macrumors 6502a

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    LOL
     
  13. waffle911 macrumors regular

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    I think he was saying that prior to slapping it on the drive it wouldn't boot at all, but hitting it out of frustration started something going.

    If it is the logic board, you can get a replacement here for $450, though I'm not sure this laptop is worth that much to you to fix.
     
  14. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I say your motherboard has problems and I'd say you broke it for slapping it too much; seriously if you like to violently shake your computer, I'll guess you like to slam your keyboard when you mad and drive recklessly too. :eek:
     
  15. pawn3d thread starter macrumors regular

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    i couldn't open the case because it had weird octagon shaped screws, so I took a crow bar to it and now I can't close it! All seemed to look good inside, so I plugged it in and turned it on and watched all the little lights blink and the fan spin... Needless to say, it passed the hardware test with flying colors.
     
  16. MacDawg macrumors P6

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  17. techlover828 macrumors 68020

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    please leave, you don't deserve these peoples time.
     
  18. superman193 macrumors regular

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  19. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Is this a joke? A crow bar to a computer? Smack it and shake it violently?

    Jeez, ever heard of Torx screws? Your damaging attempt at opening up the case is now putting any chance of replacement (was really low before that) down to ZERO CHANCE, and probably double any cost to repair it.
     
  20. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Pictures, please. I want some material for the Failblog.
     
  21. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    LOLMacs! Imagine a photo of a crowbar being used on the Powerbook in question, with the classic caption "You're doing it wrong."
     
  22. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Pretty close...
     
  23. alphaod macrumors Core

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    If it was a Thinkpad that might actually work... :D
     
  24. tsice19 macrumors 6502a

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    LOL

    Maybe it's a hard drive problem and by doing that he got it to spin? Just a thought though....
     
  25. pawn3d thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have since fixed it, and 2 other Power Books by re-soldering the "vreg" chip? using these motherboard repair instructions:

    I am now the undisputed heavyweight CHAMPION of PowerBook motherboard repair.
     

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