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2004 G4 powerbook 15in. display problem: fractured pixelation

Display will function perfectly and then randomly produce horizontal and vertical matrix pixelation resembling 'ikat' cloth weave. Changing angle of the screen does not indicate that the display wire is crimped in the hinge. Sweeping the mouse can clear areas and sometimes restart will bring to normal. I have read that it is a problem in the logic/motherboard printed circuit, but would like to know if there is a clear diagnosis and a repair that does not involve replacement of the motherboard. Thank you.

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  • david_ley Apr 15, 2009

    Thanks very much. From what I have read it appears that the logic board is likely to be the culprit. Apple certified repair here in CH want a big chunk of change just to peek in and make a diagnosis. What is the inverter, BTW? I still am hoping that it will be possible to DIY the repair.



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Could possibly be the inverter that needs replacing. If its not that then it will be a logic board replacement.

You will have to take it to an apple certified place to get it checked out and they should be able to tell you.

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    Shane Russell Apr 15, 2009

    Found this but from what you described it sounds like it will need replacing.

    If the logic board does require replacement then it would be cheaper to buy a new laptop and transfer the data - I would say it would be an idea to back up your data as soon as possible just in case.

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