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I have a powerbook g4 and have the screen show vertical lines...I heard about this problem and just wanted to know is it the the video cables or the screen it self

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It's the screen itself, video cables produce a different problem. Easiest way to fix your problem is to match up the part numbers on the back of the lcd with a new or used one from ebay.

Make sure you match ALL of the numbers it's usually something like LTN152W5-L02

The dash and the numbers after it matter!

Most of them go for only 30-50 so it's an cheap fix, check out ifixit.com for full tutorial on how to swap it out ;)

Hope this info helps.

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2006 powerbook G4. my screen will get glitchy and i can see multi color squares and lines randomly on the screen. when i move a window the pixels chase and outline my movements. any ideas?


sounds like the video card is dying. I was able to hold off on one dying by downloading a fan controller that kept the machine cooler, but with the age of the G4, it's likely damaged. Consider replacing or the fan controller.

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LCD Display Problems with Apple 15" PowerBook G4 Aluminum 1.25 GHz Mac Notebook


During boot-up, Apple logo heavily pixelated. After boot-up, display a riot of colors and vertical lines with nothing readable. External monitor works well

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~ JO

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My LCD powerbook G4 has a white vertical line


This is usually symptomatic of a chafed or pinched LVDS cable, especially if the line comes and goes as you work the hinges. This not a user-replaceable part. If the line does not flicker when the hinges are moved, there is a possibility that your LCD screen itself has gone bad.

Nov 24, 2010 | Apple 15" PowerBook G4 Aluminum 1.67 GHz...

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My 15" Powerbook G4 screen is half blank - it sometimes shows lines or has some blank spots but it's always gone away. This time it seems stuck. What to do?


Hi There,

If you can get your laptop connected to an external monitor it will do the main troubleshooting for you. With it connected and set to display on the monitor, the 2 options below are pretty solid;

1. If the monitor shows your nomal desktop display without any distortion or lines, etc, then you can be fairly certain your LCD screen panel on the laptop is just wearing out.

2. If the monitor shows exactly what the laptop does, i.e., same exact problems, then it means that the Video chip on the logic board is about to fail and you'll have todecide whether to repair or upgrade to a newer machine.

I wish you the best.

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Display problem


There are severals ways to determine what component is at fault, through some of them may require equipment you may not have on hand.
If the lines move, appear, and disappear as a result of changing the hinge angle, the problem is most likely in your LVDS cable, which is not an expensive part.
If they don't, then you need to attach an external monitor using the short white video dongle that came with your PowerBook. If the lines also show up on your external monitor, your logic board is at fault, which is an expensive fix and probably not cost-effective for a machine of this vintage. If the lines show up on the built-in LCD but not the external monitor, the problem is with the LCD panel itself, which is a medium-expensive part.

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Yellow vertical lines on powerbook g4


Never a good sign.... usually means that your video adapter is shot.
Most laptop video is built on the motherboard, so that would entail the entire motherboard being replaced. Any chance it is still under warranty???

One other thing it could be... do the lines chnage at all when you tilt the screen back and forth? If so, it might be a loose connection between the moterboard and the monitor. That would be significantly cheaper to fix!

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Trouble with screen (powerbook G4 15" 1.67 GHz)


Well the issue isn't with the graphic card. It actually is the screen of the PB (PowerBook). I had somewhat of the same issue about 6 months ago on my 17" PB G4. But when it started to do that with mine, the screen would also make sharp vertical lines when opening and/or adjusting angle. So before my Apple Care warranty expired I had the screen fixed FREE. So, if you do have your Apple Care warranty still and not expired, I'd suggest to you to find a Apple Certified computer shop or the nearest Apple store and drop it off with the explanation to have the screen replaced. Otherwise you will have to pay a pretty penny.

And if you do not have the warranty then i suggest you not to take it to a Apple store due to the extreme cost of a new screen on an old machine. Instead goto ifixit.com. This site is great for anyone who has anything portable from Apple (including the non-portable MAC-mini) for replacement or upgrade parts, cheaper and also helps with the install (DIY instructions and pictures to go with it)

- Luke

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An area on the display it's not working. PowerBook G4


I'm sorry to say that you will have to replace the screen soon. That vertical black and white lines that appear is the early warning signs that your screen will soon go blurry, or have a partial screen, or have it just stop working. This happens from the many times the screen was lifted open and closed and the ribbon cables just need to be replaced. And since the ribbon cables can't be simply unplugged and then replaced, you will just need to get a new replacement screen.

-Luke

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