remove lid completely

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by state_of, Oct 1, 2005.

  1. state_of macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2005
    Does anyone knows if I remove the lid competely from an ibook G4 1GHZ
    if a. would it still works (with an external monitor)
    b. would the 32MB of the ati 9200 would still be shared between the external monitor and the non existent one :D
    I decided to take such action because the lcd is completely ruined and apple here in Greece wants more than 600 euros to replace the lcd (no way)
    So I turned it to a desktop computer... I am quite satisfied that way but I would like the extra 16MB of memory from the graphic adapter that I am currently loosing
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    Removing the lid won't get you back the lost Video RAM. I personally would look for a store that does apple repairs and see what they are will charge you. Sometimes 3rd Party Mac Repairs are up to half the price that Apple charges.
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Also I have heard of screen mechanisms being available on eBay type services quite frequently...might be one somewhere in EU-land that wouldn't cost you too much....
  4. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    Take off the monitor, download the hack, enable clamshell mode, get a magnet to make the computer think the lid is closed (find out where to put it to activate). = 32MB VRAM

    that should work. ;)
  5. 7254278 macrumors 68020

    Apr 11, 2004
    Pure genius, just be carefull with the magnet get a WEAK one.
  6. state_of thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2005
    Well I though of that but Sleepless doesn't seem to work on my used to work in 10.3.6 but not in 10.3.9. But I read that it works fine with 10.4.2 so maybe I'll update to tiger before attempting anything :)
  7. maxterpiece macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2003
    ebay the ibook. If your ibook is anything better than, like an 800mhz G3 you will get enough to buy a mac mini.
  8. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    You'll probably notice a significant speed increase if you have enough RAM if you go up to Tiger before you do anything.

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