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    dilemma :: need help on fixing my mac/decision

    ok, so I've been travelling around for the last few weeks... I noticed that my iBook was acting a bit funny after that idiot at the airport decided to drop it.

    heck, my iBook has been dropped more times than a neglected child, and it bounced back. not this time.

    So, me being the enterprising sort... I take it a apart... and man... a screw falls out. I figured out where it came from, and thought... hey, why not replace the hard drive with a bigger one while I'm at it...

    mistake.

    now the thing REALLY doesn't boot.

    so... should I send it to apple to get fixed? or should I just keep tinkering? Or what?

    oh, and I'm in a place that doesn't do repairs on macs... no apple replacement centers around me for at least 500 miles...



    decisions, decisions, decisions. anybody have a guesstimate on how much this will cost!? I just want my baby back


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    Sending to apple is probably going to cost quite a bit, I reckon;
    1) If you were under warranty at all, you're definitely not anymore.
    2) Replacing the HD still hasn't fixed it...so it's more than possible the mobo has bit the dust == $$

    That said, don't really know what else there is you can do other than send it to apple or another repair centre; unless you've got the testing equipment handy and know how to find the fault in the first place...
    Can you get compensation from the airport??
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    Do you see a blinking "?" on a folder, or anything when u attempt to startup? If so, then the systerm needs to be installed. If othing happens, then SJT sums it all up.
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    no blinking ? on folder... I was prepared for that.

    It's been off warranty SJT...

    oh, you all know I'm using this as an excuse to purchase a new G4 laptop, right?

    I think I'll keep playing with it though. I have quite a bit of testing equipment here.

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    Originally posted by gerbick
    oh, you all know I'm using this as an excuse to purchase a new G4 laptop, right?
    Don't get a 12", they don't have auto-glow-in-the-dark keys!
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    bah. I'm seriously thinking about getting the 12" due to the fact I won't have to purchase a new travel bag, what not.

    the 17" costs just too much... and I love the portability of the smaller laptop.

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    I'm not sure about laptop hard drives, but are the jumper pins right? I installed 2 hard drives in my G4, but your situation is completly different. Search around, find a site the mods them, they know about taking them apart. I forgot the site, but it was featured on Tech TV once.
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    I got it, http://www.applefritter.com/
    Not sure if they can help
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    One other thing to try; hold down apple-option-shift-delete during startup to force scan the ide bus for bootable drives...
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    only thing that shows me it has power is the caps lock key. nothing else...

    oh well. it's in pieces now... they really crammed that darn thing!!!

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