Motherboard Bad

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by renovatio07gsxr, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. renovatio07gsxr macrumors newbie

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    My motherboard went out on me on my G3 iBook. The shop quoted me at $400 plus to fix. Is this true? Can I fix it myself or at least buy a motherboard and have them fix it. They are saying its $300+ for the board and $100 for the labor. Any ideas?
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Doesn't sound that far fetched. Apple logic boards are expensive and paying for professional labour is always expensive.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You'd be much better off using that money on a newer Mac.
     
  4. renovatio07gsxr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is there a alternative?

    Yeah if its that much to fix it yeah.
     
  5. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Look for a replacement logic board on eBay or somewhere like iFixIt. You are really going to be better in the long run putting that towards 50% (or more) of a new MacBook though...
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The components and labor do truly cost that much. I strongly suggest that you don't try to replace the logicboard yourself either unless you're extremely comfortable working with small electronics. Even I won't touch the internals of an iBook.
     
  7. renovatio07gsxr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok what about all my itunes and some of the other stuff how do I go about getting that off and putting it on another computer?
     
  8. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Well, you'll either need a working computer or pull the harddrive and attach it to another machine. Of course you should have backups, replying on the disk not dying is a really bad plan.
     
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I've taken iBooks apart to salvage their hard drives. I warned their users that they weren't going to have their iBook put back together.
     
  10. renovatio07gsxr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Alright what about refirb. Macs any places you guys suggest?
     

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