OMG: Dropped Powerbook

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by DickArmAndHarT, Jul 22, 2005.

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  1. DickArmAndHarT macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2004
    In the dark, i walked past my bed, tripped over the powercord and pulled my 15" right to the ground landing on the power plug. It booted back up, a new dent on its side, yet i think !MY LCD is Broken!. ON the Display is in the top left corner my desktop, but all over the rest is funny verticle lines
    and a black region
    and strange curvey lines and i think i cracked it. I dont think this will be fixed w/ apple care, so i immeditatly hit ebay for powerbook g4 displays and found one (

    I think the price will go up, how much do you think ill be paying to fix it, and is it possible to do it myself, im nto very good with computers, but i can follow directions, and im relatively confident. Do you think apple would fix a problem like this? THanks And emotional -Rich
  2. DickArmAndHarT thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2004
    Commmon, Some one help, im soo freaked out. Does it sound like the lcd is scratched cause of the random black and colorful areas
    that travel with a strick line
  3. ericssonboi macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2005
    Try runing a hardware test and see what the results come u..
  4. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    The Powercord Trip is one of my fears. I'm always making sure it's in hiding. Although if I'm sitting on the couch plugged in I'll get tangled in some way, but never dropped.
  5. kilimanjaro macrumors newbie


    Nov 20, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    Its fried...

    Hate to tell you buddy... I broke my 15" Ti - not the same way, but with the same symptoms..
    Hate to tell you but its true :(
    Apple only sells the display in the casing last time I checked.

    Best Luck.

    Kilimanjaro Conqueror
  6. berkleeboy210 macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2004
    Boston, Massachusetts
    That happened to me before too, I thought i was going to have a heart attack. Aside from some dents and scratches, It operated Normally. But Dents really do eliminate the Beauty of the PB.
  7. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    I think it adds character. You know, like laugh lines.
  8. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Hahaha, I had heard about your infamous humor... I rather enjoy it. :D Ok, probably because this thread isn't about my PB. To the OP, I don't know enough to help you, but I'll wish you the best of luck. Hope your baby can be saved!
  9. DickArmAndHarT thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2004
    Heres my plan. Im going to buy a bottom casing from ( and a used display from ebay. (see link in first post) It should cost me about 350$ (250 for the bottom casing, and im hoping the auction will end around 100$ (tell me if im wayyy off) The the powerbook will be in much better condition, and i plan on getting many more years out of it. Will doing those repairs myself void my applecare warrenty. What if i tell them its the case and screen that it came w/ being they will be no different??

  10. mpopkin macrumors 6502


    Nov 14, 2003
    Chapel Hill, NC
    well, you can do it yourself, apple certainly would not do it for free even with applecare, it is on the lines of customer caused damages( i have had this happen with an old dell of mine and the dvd drive broke, but dell tech support is soo stupid that you can easily talk them into fixing it and they replaced it, of course i dropped it on the first day i owned it, so i could say it came like that) if you could fix the dent perfectly you may be able to run it by them that the screen just happened to turn dark and blotty this one day, but dont count on it though, good luck

  11. lfielder06 Guest

    Dec 5, 2004
    You might want to check out compusa for those installs. I know they were only going to charge me $30 to do a hard drive install, and after looking on it was well worth the $30. Just let them know that you are providing the parts and see what kind of quote they give you.
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