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sparty411

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The title says it all. Is it possible to mitigate the chances of the GPU failing due to the shoddy solder job on the GPU BGA? I was considering shimming mine with a penny, but I'm not sure whether or not it will have any effect.
 

Hughmac

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The title says it all. Is it possible to mitigate the chances of the GPU failing due to the shoddy solder job on the GPU BGA? I was considering shimming mine with a penny, but I'm not sure whether or not it will have any effect.
I've tried that, but on a few G3 iBooks over the years that had already failed. None of them lasted very long ;)

Cheers :)

Hugh
 

sparty411

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I've tried that, but on a few G3 iBooks over the years that had already failed. None of them lasted very long ;)

Cheers :)

Hugh
Well, that's unfortunate. It's criminal that Apple continued selling them, knowing they had an inherent design flaw. To be fair, IBM did the same thing with their Thinkpad T4x series laptops. Scummy.
 

Hughmac

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Well, that's unfortunate. It's criminal that Apple continued selling them, knowing they had an inherent design flaw. To be fair, IBM did the same thing with their Thinkpad T4x series laptops. Scummy.
That, plus the odd bump on the underside where the coin pushes the case out ;)

Cheers :)

Hugh
 
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Well, that's unfortunate. It's criminal that Apple continued selling them, knowing they had an inherent design flaw. To be fair, IBM did the same thing with their Thinkpad T4x series laptops. Scummy.

It’s even more criminal how they sold the ice/white rectangle before letting the clamshell series actualize their complete potential (which it’s worth adding don’t have GPU problems the way their replacements did) — such as an entire area on all clamshell logic boards intended for at least double the onboard RAM which never got used, and so on.
 
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