Call For (Mac) Clues

Crap. Second mac laptop to take a dive in six months.

This one, a 14″ G3 ibook (800mhz).

Specifically, the video died on this one. You can start it up and hear it do its thing, but the screen stays blank. Also the little power-on light doesn’t come on when it’s on, nor does it pulse when it’s sleeping.

Just plain dead video.

It happened pretty suddenly.

Is this thing hosed? Any suggestions on what I could try to fix it?

This is one of the worst times for this to happen, financially. :\

Any readers I haven’t managed to alienate thoroughly yet, got any ideas?


  • Zap the Pram (hold down command option P R while booting) — no effect


  • See if the ibook is covered by the logic board failure dealy — take it to the apple store tomorrow.

7 thoughts on “Call For (Mac) Clues”

  1. Round these parts we recently had a dual USB iBook (my wife’s) give up the ghost. Dead video as well. Also dead logic board. Not, however, covered by the program. This is why my wife now has a new MacBook and I have a 15″ g4 Powerbook. Yikes. So I hope you’re covered, Ed.

    Since when do you alienate readers? I thought that was my job.

  2. Thanks, jbm. My guess is it isn’t covered but I’m taking it to the Apple Store today to check.

    I figured filling the front page almost entirely with depressing political news stories might alienate a few. :)

  3. Topher — you rock. It’s OK though, my boss recently bought a macbook pro and he is gonna handle my mac compiling needs.

    I went to the Apple Store and this is what I found:

    Symptomatically, it is almost certainly the classic G3 logic board problem.

    However, the machine will not boot at all, not even in target mode, not with an external monitor, not nothing nohow, and so I can’t get to the serial number via OS X.

    And it has been removed/erased from the place where it’s supposed to be, under the keyboard, in the case. I bought it refurbed or something from some outfit I found through, and I can’t even remember the name of the people I bought it from, and haven’t been able to dig it up in my mail or anything.

    No serial number means no return or exchange; I am hosed.

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