iBook charging problems.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by SkyBell, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. SkyBell macrumors 604

    SkyBell

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    Texas, unfortunately.
    #1
    I plugged in my iBook G4 to charge a few minutes ago, and noticed it wasn't charging correctly. It would charge for a few seconds, then stop for a few, and resume charging again. At first, I thought it was the crappy charger I bought from eBay, but no, it's also a problem on the original charger (although I have gotten it to stop now on this one).

    I've pretty much accepted I'm screwed, or least that's what I'm assuming. But I want know, what is causing this, and how much will it cost to fix?

    Thanks.
     
  2. maclover001 macrumors 6502a

    maclover001

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    What happens if you take the battery out? Can you run from A/C power consistently?

    If you can, my vote goes to a bad battery.
     
  3. oneEG6 macrumors member

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    Could definitely be a battery. Does it light up like normal? Does it matter if you slightly move/jiggle the end that goes into the iBook? I know from getting yanked around a lot that those dc-in connections can get loose and need replacing. I had a used iBook that this happened to, the local Apple store fixed it for $150.
     
  4. jonbrasher macrumors newbie

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    This just happened to my Powerbook G4. Take your charger to a local apple reseller or apple store and confirm it it NOT the charger. If it the charger is not the culprit it is most like your DC in/Sound card. These can be found on Ebay and replaced by you if you do not not have apple care and do not wish to pay a pro. The rate for my local apple reseller is $95/hr plus parts. It would probably be about $95 + part cost to replace the DC in. Save yourself some money buy the part off ebay (mine was $50) head over to ifixit.com and replace it yourself.
     

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