[rescue] rebuildability

Don Y dgy at DakotaCom.Net
Fri Jul 7 13:22:15 CDT 2006

Mike Hebel wrote:
> Thus spake velociraptor:
>> On 7/7/06, Kevin Foote <kevin.foote at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> hi all
>>> not sure if i should be posting this here. :-)
>>> i have a 12" g3 iBook that has a bad screen but otherwise works great..
>>> from
>>> what i gather its the backlight on the actual lcd.
>>> a new screen rig from powerbookmedic <http://www.powerbookmedic.com>
>>> costs
>>> ~$299 my general question is is this actually worth the referb time /
>>> money.
>>> ive also thought
>>> of buying a parts rig on ebay but then i cant guarantee the lcd is good
>>> (unless specified of course).
>>> if / when i get this thing up it would be a box for my wife in the
>>> kitchen
>>> area to browse etc with ..
>>> i know that is a user specific question  _wether it is worth it or not_
>>> but
>>> i know there a a lot of mac peopel on the list that might have
>>> experience
>>> replacing / repairing so i thought id ask anyway.
>> If I were working on something like this and weren't intending to sell
>> it, I might consider around $100 for a parts box to replace the LCD,
>> though I'd try to find something cheaper.
>> You might also troll the lowendmac.com mailing lists--there's one for
>> 'books, and one general buy/sell list.  The latter is called lem-swap.
>> (i.e. post a "WTB: known good g3 ibook backlight" email).
> There is another option now that we know it's probably the inverter. 
> Replace the inverter board only:
> http://shorterlink.org/855   (E-Bay)
> Much less expensive but still a little problematic to take apart.

The fact that *both* inverters (both CCFL's) are dark
suggests something else may be the problem.  I'd hate
to buy new inverters only to discover the problem
was further upstream...

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