Is it the Charger or the iBook?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Macoltrane, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. Macoltrane macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2006
    Hey there

    So I've had the iBook for almost 3 years now and the charger seems to flick on and off. Sometimes I'll have to rotate the plug or twist the cord in a certain way in order to get the charge going.

    Obviously, I'm past my free 1 year coverage by Apple so I was wondering if anyone would be able to tell me if this is an issue with the charger or the laptop.

    The charger shows no wear and tear, the cord and all the pieces are still intact, nothing has fallen off or come apart.

    Are there any tests I can run to see where the problem lies? Anyone experience similar?
  2. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Is the jack loose where you plug the adapter into the iBook? I've heard pf those coming loose before and causing a similiar problem. If it is, your problem is the logic board. From what I understand, it would have to be replaced if that's the case. Take it to the Genius Bar. They'll at least be able to tell you for sure.
  3. leodavinci0 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2006
    most likely a bad connection

    To determine whether the bad connection is in the wire, or in the computer do the following: First, grip the plug and move it up and down, without allowing the wire to move, while plugged in to the computer, if it flickers on and off then it's a solder joint inside the computer. Second, hold the plug stable, but move the wire up and down at the hillock of the plug, if it flickers there's a broken connection insider the wire. One and only one of these steps should cause it to flicker if done correctly. If it's the cable, new power supply. If it's a connection inside the computer, then take it to a genius, and they can most likely have it resoldered to prevent you from needing a new logic board. If they won't resolder it, then you may need to just get a new logic board, or try fixing it yourself.

    Based on your description it sounds like the wire of the power supply is the problem.
  4. Macoltrane thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2006
    Thanks for the suggestions, guys.

    I did try moving the plug and then subsequently moving the cord. The power flickers/turns off when I shake the cord. When I move the plug up and down, it does not flicker unless I rotate it (which I guess would move the wire and therefore cause it to flicker again).

    Can we then conclude that it is a problem with the adapter? I live in Asia at the moment so I don't have access to a Genius Bar and getting it looked at by the service center is going to cost some money. Thanks!
  5. eman macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2007
    In the great white north
    Is there a chance you can use someone else's iBook adapter to test on your laptop and see if it's a bad charger.
  6. Macoltrane thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2006

    I did actually try that. Said person actually also had a busted charger and would actually flicker whenever I jerked the cord and wire. Would this point to any issues with the computer as well? He also experiences the on off flicker as well with his charger
  7. daisy106 macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2009
    I have same problem

    Hi there did u get It fixed and if so how much did it cost and what was wrong as i am having exact the same problem with my ibook.

  8. Tinknock71 macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2008
    Westland Michigan
    I had the same problems with mine took it in and they said I needed a new power adapter, they took one out there and tried it, all was good, it seems they only last a few years.

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