iBook G4 LCD just exploded?!

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  1. foothead macrumors regular

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    I was just using my laptop, and I got up for a few minutes, and then heard a weird crunch. I came back to see a quarter-size black spot with at least 3 cracks in it. There are also vertical lines, and a white section at the bottom. Is this a normal thing, or is my iBook trying to kill me or something? Also, I bought a G3 ibook a few days ago, but it hasn't came in yet. Does anyone know if its lcd will be compatible? Right now, I just hope the G3 ibook comes tomorrow because I am going on vacation and have a science project to work on. Also, if the G3 lcd won't work, then what will?
    Here's a pic
    http://s465.photobucket.com/albums/rr19/f00thead/?action=view&current=P1012684.jpg
     
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  3. foothead thread starter macrumors regular

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    On this site, the replacement screen is the same for G3 and G4 ibooks, so they must at least be similar. Still, I'm wondering if anyone knows for sure.
     
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    also, I have an old G3 (lombard) with a 14 " 10x7 screen. Is there any way to adapt that screen (even though my ibook is 12")
     
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    it's your graphics card. not your screen. your screen is fine. replace the graphics card.
     
  6. Spares macrumors member

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    As for the temp. fix, just do your science project on it anyways, i mean the colour is off and there's a spot in the corner but I'm sure you can work around it just this once.
     
  7. waremaster macrumors 6502

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    It is not the graphics card. It is clearly a broken display panel. That typically happens when the display is shut on something. I am sorry for your loss.
     
  8. johnny13oi macrumors member

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    It is without a doubt your screen and definitely NOT the graphics card.
     
  9. foothead thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, but what about the screens from a G3 ibook, or G3 PB lombard?
     
  10. foothead thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's just strange because the lid was open, and nothing touched it. It happened right as it went to screensaver. Is it possibly the computer that killed it?
     
  11. waremaster macrumors 6502

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    In all of my years working with lcd panels I have never seen one just pop like that. I am not saying it could not happen as anything is possible but it certainly is not typical.
     
  12. foothead thread starter macrumors regular

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    Will it happen again if I replace it?
     
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    okay, I checked, the plugs are different, but I can't afford a new LCD right now, so does anybody have the wiring diagrams for ibook, ibook G4, and lombard? thanks
     
  14. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    Yup

    Happened to my macbook spontaneously, but Apple refused to cover it since "it looks like someone cracked it with their fingers or something"

    BS.

    Anyways, I paid for some service online that charged $300-500.

    You might as well upgrade for twice that cost.
     
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    we're looking the same image, right? if the actual glass over the screen was damaged, and there were not vertical/horizontal lines, and if the OP actually dropped the macbook or closed the lid on something i would agree with you. this, however, is very typical of a busted graphics card.
     
  16. foothead thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm not looking for apple to replace, it as I have voided my warranty many times over, and I am not looking to have someone else do it. I am trying to find out if I can replace it with something I have. BTW, when it broke, my laptop was incredibly hot, as it had been running all day, maybe this contributed to it somehow.
     
  17. foothead thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's definitely the screen. I can see the cracks in the screen. Plus, if I touch the spot, more lines appear, and this is an iBook, so there is no glass over the screen.

    Still no responses on the PB G3 or iBook G3 screen, though. Just so you know, it is the white G3, not the clamshell, and I have the 1.07 iBook G4 12"
     
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    oh... in that case i'm defiantly incorrect :eek:... my apologies.
     
  19. foothead thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, I got the G3 ibook, but first decided to try and put it back together and fix it. I put it completely back together, and realized that it was the video problem. I shimmed it, and it now works perfectly.
    Back to the problem- I took the top panel off the display, took out the display, and saw that it had the exact same connector. All I had to do was put it in place, and plug it in. It's actually brighter than the one from my G4.
    Now there is another question-My new G3-I want to know if it is worth it to buy a new display to fix the G3. It currently has 192 MB RAM, 500 MHZ CPU, 6 GB HD,and a 100% dead battery. Right now, it has the display from my G4, but the crack has gotten much larger. I can get an LCD for $40, but I am trying not to spend money at the moment so I con buy a 24" iMac at the end of the summer.

    Here's a pic of the G4 with the new LCD.
    http://s465.photobucket.com/albums/rr19/f00thead/?action=view&current=CIMG0079.jpg
    Here's a pic of the crack.
    http://s465.photobucket.com/albums/rr19/f00thead/?action=view&current=CIMG0080.jpg
     
  20. daflake macrumors 6502a

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    Had it happen before and Toshiba had a recall because LCD's were cracking. It is not as uncommon as you think.

    Sounds like the LCD to me as well.
     
  21. foothead thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think it's a toshiba LCD (or maybe Lg). Will they replace it since they put out a recall?
     

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