Please Help!!!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by kahoona, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. kahoona macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2004
    Recently put my ibook in to get fixed as I reckoned it had a faulty ethernet connection. Sure enough it was returned saying that the connection was damaged and would have to be repaired, the cost for repair £700 (excluding service and VAT)

    My question is this, can the connection be resoldered? or do I have to pay this? Considering my machine only cost £1400 and is 13months old I find it ridiculous that i'm having to pay half the value of the machine t get it fixed!

    I'd be very very very grateful if someone out there could advise me on this! Many Thanks

  2. idkew macrumors 68020


    Sep 26, 2001
    where the concrete to dirt ratio is better
    i hope you do not think apple is attempting to steal from you. you would most likely need a new logic board for this fix.

    the easiest solution would be to get a usb to ethernet adapter. soldering is risky if you are not experienced in soldering with computer components.
  3. big macrumors 65816


    Feb 20, 2002
    local mac or any computer store may be able to help... call them, or an engineer into this kind of stuff, check local campuses too... computer porgramers, a lot of people can fix this kind of stuff with out having to go through Apple (though it would null any warranties)
  4. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    i don't think it matters now. o.p. said he's had this for 13 months. so the original warranty is finished and if he had purchased applecare, apple would have fixed his iBook instead of giving him a quote of £700.

    i second getting an usb-ethernet adapter. easy and robust. but you should go ask around at local stores as well. i wouldn't pay £700 for sure. i'd make do until you can afford a brand new one. (and that £700 will go a long way toward that!)
  5. kahoona thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2004
    Yup I inquired about this at my local apple store and with service engineer who both told me that this was not possible to do. I need the ethernet to run my broadband internet connection. They suggested airbase which i'm considering. Is there information correct?

    Airbase does seem a better option and i have the benefit of being wireless! If I'm on broadband will i still be able to get the same level of quickness but without the cables?
  6. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    technically, no. wireless will be slower. but for practical purposes, the bottleneck is often the ISP's bandwidth limitations and not the wireless vs. wired bandwith difference. so i think it should work just fine.

    (the bandwidth will make a big difference if you are doing computer to computer. in that case, ethernet will be faster than wireless-g and wireless-g/a will be faster than wifi. (b))

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