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Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Broken PowerBook Display

This past week, Julie accidentally dropped her PowerBook (my old 17" G4) and broke the display. 1/4 of the screen still works, but the rest looks like a digitally shattered window. There doesn't appear to be any physical damage to the exterior. The laptop is definitely out of warranty, so I'll probably take it down to The Mac Outlet and see if I can get it fixed. Has anyone experienced a similar situation? If so, how much was it to get repaired?

Posted in Mac OS X at Jan 16 2007, 09:20:53 PM MST 5 Comments
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Sorry to hear about that. I saw this guys blog entry (1st page of Google, so you might have checked it out already): http://www.david-reitter.com/software/powerbook-repair/index.html Pretty good description if you want to DIY. Good Luck! Mick

Posted by Mick Huisking on January 16, 2007 at 10:41 PM MST #

Hey Matt, I did the same thing some time back and when I looked into getting it fixed, the price seemed ridiculous. I ended up plugging a monitor, keyboard and mouse into it and making it a desktop machine. Now the kids basically own it and surf disney and nickjr.

Posted by Rick Marry on January 18, 2007 at 05:03 PM MST #

I went down to The Mac Outlet yesterday and priced the repair. $900! Yikes - I don't think the laptop is even worth that much. Good point about the desktop Rick. The kids currently have a disconnected PC downstairs, but I could easily replace it with my PowerBook and they'd have access to good ol' Nick Jr.

Posted by Matt Raible on January 18, 2007 at 05:50 PM MST #

Don't you remember my Powerbook G4? I dropped it multiple times starting with the first drop in a parking lot only three weeks after I got it. Actually Raible was with me. From there it was dropped two or three more times from forgetting to zip up my backpack and once from one of my kids. Eventually the bottom two inches of the display stopped working forcing me to resize all of my application windows to fit the newly sized display. Anyway, after a few days of that hell I sent it in to Apple to have it repaired for the mighty sum of $1000. I've since moved on to a MacBook Core Duo and now my wife uses the G4 and it's still humming along, dented case and all. That Powerbook really took a beating.

Posted by Bruce Snyder on January 18, 2007 at 06:46 PM MST #

yeah, you guys are all right.

Posted by 217.35.77.7 on January 08, 2008 at 05:17 PM MST #

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