tibook: where there's smoke, there's fire

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by dornoforpyros, Aug 9, 2006.

  1. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    Had an interesting (aka: crappy) experience with my 667 powerbook on the weekend. I was surfing the web and such as usual when suddenly the screen went black and I noticed smoke coming out of the keyboard :eek:

    So I quickly unplugged it and pulled the battery, but it was still smoking, so I flipped up the keyboard to see and low and behold it appears my fan is a little bit on fire. Not a lot mind you, I was able to blow it out rather quickly.

    To my surprise it boots still so I was able to back up my files, of course the fan no longer goes :(

    don't ask for pics other than a tiny piece of singed wire there's nothing to see at all.

    Anyone have any ideas of what to do with this thing now? It still works, but with no fan I imagine any more use I get out of it will just be until it completely burns itself out. It's 5 years old and I only paid $300 for it so I'm not really looking to spend more than $100 on repairs.
  2. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    It's not under warranty anymore - but I'd still take it to Apple to see if they'd do anything. Maybe if you make a fuss in the store about how their computers catch on fire to other customers, Apple will compensate you just so you shut up.

    But look at this guy's Powerbook:
    http://flickr.com/photos/41783769@N00/206346391/ :eek:
  3. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Yeah, I'm on the same computer now. I think those fans need to be cleaned.

    I sold my 550 mhz Ti and got this one -- I like the non DVI screens. I think you can get a new topcase with a new fan in it for cheap.

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