Powerbook display not working

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by carryonplease, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. carryonplease macrumors member

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    Today i turned on my powerbook (g4 17") and i see a white screen. usually it just means its booting up but upon further inspection, i realize that the computer is on the log in screen, and somehow the display is not working. the light is not on either

    im hoping an external monitor can be a quick fix for this, but can anyone shed some light on what is happening?
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

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    Either the Videocard is having problems or your power inverter is screwed.

    TEG
     
  3. carryonplease thread starter macrumors member

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    are those expensive fixes and would an external display fix that?
     
  4. carryonplease thread starter macrumors member

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    ive done some more reading, and since i had broken a hinge recently it might be a fried wire or something. but what is the cheapest option for an external display? all i know if the monitor output in the back has 8 pins.
     
  5. TEG macrumors 604

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    Any VGA or DVI display can connect to the DVI port on the side (VGA will need the converter that came with your computer).

    TEG
     
  6. PowerBookRelic macrumors 6502

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    I have a 1.5 GHz PBG4, and I may have had a problem similar to yours...I went to turn my laptop on, and the screen wasn't visible. It was only upon careful inspection that I saw the screen was working, it just wasn't illuminated. Took it to Apple, the said I needed a new backlight. Cost $300 (I think), but they covered it...this was a bit less than 2 yrs ago.
     

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