Question about Apple iBook G4 Mac Notebook
It sounds like the LCD back-light is out. There are two ways to fix this, neither are pretty.
1) (Cheaper, so try this first) - replace the inverter assembly.
2) Replace the display. This can easily exceed the value of the laptop, unless you can find one cheap. I've done it by finding a damaged machine on eBay (bad motherboard, good display), paid about $200 for the whole machine, instead of $500 for a parted-out display being retailed by a parts dealer.
Both operations involve major disassembly, and removing/installing the new display is tricky - - there are very delicate wires leading from the display to the plug that attaches to the circuitboard that thread through the hinge and into the chassis. Break these wires, and you've just wasted the display.
That said, _Excellent_ instructions are available at
www.ifixit.com - you can download the PDF and print it for reference before you get into the dis-assembly.
Posted on Dec 24, 2008
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