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Black screen Last night the computer screen went crazy with all sort of horizontal lines with multiple colors. It then shut down. I am able to hear boot up and shut down noise but nothing shows up on the screen. I have it plugged in to adapter. Is this the battery or something else?

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  • Ballarina95 Jul 20, 2008

    i can hear my computer power but nothing shows up on the screen, it remains black. This happened shortly after my computer also experience the horizontal lines through the screen

  • enocia Aug 03, 2008

    I am having the exact same problem. I went to boot it up it started up like there was no problem, then it wigged out with crazy colored horizontal lines and now I can't even get a picture.

  • Anonymous Nov 12, 2008

    I turned of the ibook and it worked fine...2mins later it just went black on me...I hear it come on but no images at all are seen....just a black screen....I got this ibook off of ebay for $200 bucks

  • seriley5 Dec 28, 2008

    I have the same problem. This refurbished laptop was delivered only 4 days ago. Should I just return it?

  • kooldudluv Jan 23, 2009

    i started my apple g3 laptop & the screen became dark black. it starts up & the keyboard is also working perfectly but not showing any display on screen.
    guide me what should i do to resolve this problem.
    my e mail address is

  • precious79
    precious79 Feb 18, 2009

    Getting an ibook for 200 isn't a good idea. Those ibooks aren't worth 100 bucks. The money you spend on the logic board... you can just buy a whole NEW computer. 200 plus 700 for repairs, save up a little and get a new one.

    I have an ibook I stupidly bought for 300. NEVER AGAIN. Now it sits on a shelf in my office, unused, and dead.

    My advice, don't waste your money on ibooks. They're great until they get the logic board problem. Then it's trash. (My opinion).

  • Ally Prince Apr 15, 2009

    my Imac 4 screen started with green vertical lines now went completely black. How can i fix this?  the power light goes on when the computer boots up and goes away but I hear the computer working on the background, but totally black screen.

  • David Boerst
    David Boerst Apr 20, 2009

    Blank screen. Changed RAM nothing. Does run make start up music. Keyboard lights. Is it worth messing with?



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Sounds like the famous video card chip error (the video chip isn't soldered well). If you have Applecare, Apple should fix this for free. If you don't, you could try to put a coin on video chip (with the ATI logo), so the coin pushes the video chip down.
Or you can try to solder it yourself again, try this link:

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This is an old G3, from 2001-2003ish? Sounds like the old logic board problem. There was a recall... had mine replaced 3 times.

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Can you connect an external monitor to the Macbook? You can verify your lcd screen this way.
You may need one of these connectors:

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