iBook G4: Is it dead?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by chevychase, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. chevychase macrumors member


    Oct 26, 2008
    Hey all!

    My beloved iBook 1.33 wont boot, has flashing ? and freezes when I try to boot from original CD with a bunch of vertical lines. I ran the diagnostic DVD and it says Invalid memory access. I removed the external ram chip for computer and still get same error. I also zapped PRAM, reset NMVU (whatever it's called). Can anybody help me PLEASE??????? I already have the iBooks case open and willing to try anything.

    Here is the freeze screen when I insert the original start up CD...

  2. Reflow macrumors 68000


    Mar 30, 2005
    I hate to say this but it seems your motherboard is on it way out. Since you can't replace the onboard memory.
  3. chevychase thread starter macrumors member


    Oct 26, 2008
    Any possible fixes to try? I got the case off already.
  4. 11800506 macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2007
    Washington D.C. Area
    Sorry, but once your logic board dies your machine is practically dead unless of course you get if fixed where you might as well get a new(er) machine for the money it would cost. But that is what it sounds like is the problem.
  5. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    It may just be a pinched cable in the hinge.

    take it apart and reseat the cable.

    Since you are getting video, it isn't the video chip.

    Google around but I think it is fixable.

    xlr8yourmac has a fix it for the video chip.
  6. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    The mother got fried or it's life expectancy is up. I would get a new notebook since its a downward spiral of endless problems after the initial logic board dies.

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