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PowerBook G4/17 screen troubles

Unread postby SAQ » Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:18 pm

My mom's PowerBook just started having display oddities on the onboard display (monitor (analog) connected to the video-out port is just fine). PB G4/1.6 17" screen.

The graphics have odd color casts and look "pixellated" (don't know how else to say it). It was supposedly a rather rapid transition one night as well. The TechTool diagnostics say everything's good, but it obviously isn't.

I'm 95% sure that it's the LCD panel drivers, since I checked the panel connector cable and all wires appear connected. The bad news is that it seems rather difficult to find that panel for under $300 (I found a couple places that say they have it and then tell you they don't after placing the order that were less expensive). Since it's a bit expensive, I want to make sure it is the LCD and I also need to think about the value equation. It's been a good computer, but would a used Intel Macintosh or a "hackbook" be better?
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Re: PowerBook G4/17 screen troubles

Unread postby mgtremaine » Wed Feb 03, 2010 8:05 am

I think I remember that the G4 1.6's had a screen issue that started to crop up. As well you know getting it fixed at this point is probably then it is worth. Guess it comes down to how bad does it need to be "mobile", if she can plugged into the external monitor and get a another year or 2 out of it might that be good enough?


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Re: PowerBook G4/17 screen troubles

Unread postby recondas » Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:18 am

There are probably a fairly limited number of LCD panel manufacturers. If apple didn't spec too much customization, you might be able to find the a clone panel or parts that'd work. The price <especially on the used market> might be better if Apple or Powerbook isn't part of the panel's description.

Here's a post describing one person's experience using a non-apple panel as a replacement in a 15' PB: http://www.david-reitter.com/software/p ... index.html
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