Swapping 15" PBG4 Screen Early '05 to Late '05

iamMacPerson

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So yesterday I got a PowerBook G4 15". Its a 1.67GHz model, 2GB of RAM (only 1GB seen with bad RAM slot) from Early 2005. I was wondering if it would be possible to swap the screen from my other PowerBook G4 (1.67GHz, Late 2005 DLHR, A1138)? I know it might sound dumb, but there are more issues with the A1138 then its worth fixing (including screen problems). So would I be able to swap the screen?
 
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eyoungren

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I doubt it. And even if you could (everything might line up) your biggest problem is that Apple changed the LCD connector on the 1.67Ghz HR-DLSD models. So, assuming you could swap it out your LCD connecter from the his res PB would not fit.
 

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I doubt it. And even if you could (everything might line up) your biggest problem is that Apple changed the LCD connector on the 1.67Ghz HR-DLSD models. So, assuming you could swap it out your LCD connecter from the his res PB would not fit.
Yeah, before I even went ahead I checked the take apart guide, connectors are completely different, especially the antenna connectors as the early 05 had a seperate Bluetooth module and used a regular APEx card vs the integrated card on the late 05.

Would you be willing to sell the display? Haha. I have a 15" High Res model with a busted up screen.
I actaully might have a lead on a parts A1138, so I'll hold onto it for now. I was only looking to do this to have one nice, 15" PBG4 with both RAM slots working.
 

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I still have the 1138 parts machine it. As a matter of fact, I opened up the parts machine and found I'd put in the PATA to SATA optical drive hd thing in the optical drive slot so you can add a SATA drive. which would be an extra for you. I have the extra topcase too. Let me know if you still want to trade.

I never got the new pATA to SATA optical drive hard drive thing to work, though it was brand new, I think because of the bad dc in board.

Let me know if you still want to trade for the 1.66 mac mini and if you need the PATA 80gb hard drive.
 

iamMacPerson

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I still have the 1138 parts machine it. As a matter of fact, I opened up the parts machine and found I'd put in the PATA to SATA optical drive hd thing in the optical drive slot so you can add a SATA drive. which would be an extra for you. I have the extra topcase too. Let me know if you still want to trade.

I never got the new pATA to SATA optical drive hard drive thing to work, though it was brand new, I think because of the bad dc in board.

Let me know if you still want to trade for the 1.66 mac mini and if you need the PATA 80gb hard drive.
Yeah I'm still interested. I'll PM you.
 

MrPilot

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So yesterday I got a PowerBook G4 15". Its a 1.67GHz model, 2GB of RAM (only 1GB seen with bad RAM slot) from Early 2005. I was wondering if it would be possible to swap the screen from my other PowerBook G4 (1.67GHz, Late 2005 DLHR, A1138)? I know it might sound dumb, but there are more issues with the A1138 then its worth fixing (including screen problems). So would I be able to swap the screen?
You could prolly go the other way... but that increased resolution was supported by 128MB VRAM on the DLSD/HR. So basically, mm no. Try it though

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I doubt it. And even if you could (everything might line up) your biggest problem is that Apple changed the LCD connector on the 1.67Ghz HR-DLSD models. So, assuming you could swap it out your LCD connecter from the his res PB would not fit.
Ahhh ok, that explains it then.

The older 1.67 doesn't have enough vram for that screen and also uses another connector. bummer
 

OrangeSVTguy

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You could prolly go the other way... but that increased resolution was supported by 128MB VRAM on the DLSD/HR. So basically, mm no. Try it though

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Ahhh ok, that explains it then.

The older 1.67 doesn't have enough vram for that screen and also uses another connector. bummer
Which is why I was considering doing the WUXGA 1920x1200 panel swap in my non-HR/DL 1.67ghz. It's got the same 9700 ATI 128MB VRAM as the HR/DL G4.
 

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I seem to recall that someone did swap the high resolution screen with the low resolution screen of the previous model. Also, aren't all dual layer Powerbook high resolution late-2005 models?