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Lappy Broken? Very Yes. [Oct. 11th, 2009|06:48 pm]
So if it seems like I've been absent online, there's a reason for that...

My trusty ol' iBook G4 has developed some serious issues around its fifth anniversary. It's one of the chips on the logic board, a problem known for that series of computers.

It was dying after about 3-5 minutes. It just locks up, the screen will go black and then flash different colors or line patterns until you power it down. I tried opening it up for surgery and shimming the chip like this which has helped -- I now get 15-30 minutes before it halts. So that seems to confirm that it's the chip issue yet it's not enough that it's "fixed".

Getting this repaired is like $600 (through Apple, at least). Money we don't exactly have to spend right now. For the moment I'm using my work computer until we figure out how to either save some bucks this month, manage to dig up Kit's old laptop and resuscitate it, or go further into credit card debt. :|

(And, of course, writing ideas are popping up while I'm lappy-less...)

[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2009-10-12 02:58 am (UTC)
There are these things that have sheets of blank paper bound together sone even have lines....
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-10-12 03:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've been using those as my manual backup system.

...they make me want to buy a fountain pen. :P
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2009-10-12 02:59 am (UTC)
"And, of course, writing ideas are popping up while I'm lappy-less..."

I know exactly what that's like. I'm always most motivated to work on projects at home while I'm at work >.<

Good luck getting mobile again.
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[User Picture]From: smartielion
2009-10-12 03:00 am (UTC)
Nico Did you get a virus....No...
Did you get 400,000 viruses.....yes.....Very yes....
Computer Over, virus = Very Yes
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[User Picture]From: aeto
2009-10-12 04:18 am (UTC)
If you need, I've got an old Powerbook G4 you can borrow...
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[User Picture]From: furahi
2009-10-12 05:43 am (UTC)
Wow, for $600 you can buy a newer laptop (though probably not a mac)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-10-12 08:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, throwing more money at repair isn't really an attractive option. My first choice is to look at reviving Kit's retired laptop. We'll see.
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2009-10-12 02:55 pm (UTC)
I'll try searching at a better time, but I recall another page wherein the author described using a tea candle on top of the GPU to effectively reflow the solder beneath it. Quite a hack, obviously, and not without its own risks, but supposedly a useful solution. I believe they or someone else also referred to a pro soldering house - they sent them just the board, and had them desolder and resolder it, supplying X-rays as proof of good contact. Cost was something surprisingly reasonable, like $50-100. (Considering soldering and desoldering BGA devices requires fearsomely expensive equipment, at least done professionally - a toaster oven will also work, just not one you intend to use for food afterwards =:)
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2009-10-12 03:25 pm (UTC)
honestly i don't think it's worth it to repair a G4 at this stage of the game - there's enough stuff out there that is really only happy on Intel, and for $600 you can get a fully fledged laptop (just with some other OS). Sorry to hear it's dead. :(
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-10-12 08:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't think I'm going to be tossing that much into repairing it. Looking at reviving the retired laptop or a cheaper replacement.
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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2009-10-13 01:52 pm (UTC)
If you are going to toss the computer, I'd like to take a stab at fixing it.
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