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MacHead05-Inf
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2005-06-16, 14:02

In a bit of a bind here...Earlier today I pulled this, what i thought was a cool table to sit my powerbook on, out of the closet...it was doing fine for about two hours, then when i went to check mail the table just folded up and fell.....the powerbook never moved....but immediately I saw these lines just run across the screen...So when i go to boot it up...it just sits there with the apple and the spinning wheel.. Not sure what to do now...it is out of warranty! never did purchase applecare.....any suggestions?

17 inch powerbook 1.33Ghz
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2005-06-16, 14:08

Well, since you're in Durham, you could just take it to the Apple Store at South Point and see if the Genius Bar techs will give you any free advice. There are a few other authorized Apple service outlets around Raleigh/Durham too.

From a fall, it could have been damaged in any of countless ways. A cable inside could have been jarred loose... the hard drive might have been damaged... or something else.

First, though, I'd try to boot from one of the Mac OS X Install CDs or the Hardware Test CD that should have been included when you purchased your PowerBook. If they can successfully boot your system, then it's probably just a hard drive issue.

Let us know what happens when you try that and we'll advise a next step for you.

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2005-06-16, 14:09

could be logic board malfunction which i think is ~$1100 to fix.
applecare would not have saved you in this.

i feel for you.

Last edited by nassau : 2005-06-16 at 14:10.
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2005-06-16, 14:10

I don't think AppleCare covers accidents (edit: damn you, nassau! ). Do you have an insurance? Maybe it will cover it.

What do you mean by lines across the screen? And did you shut the PB down, or did it do that itself?

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2005-06-16, 14:11

Logic board malfunctions are almost always from production defects, and rarely from falls. Motherboards can't really *fail* from physical shock. Hard drives, cable connections - those are all physical pieces that can be affected much more easily.

No sense scaring the guy any more than he probably is.

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2005-06-16, 14:12

i've seen it happen countless times my friend. let's just hope i'm dead wrong on this.
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2005-06-16, 14:17

Wait a minute... could you describe exactly what happened to the Powerbook?

The table fell... did the PB fall off the table, did it stay on the table when it fell, did it fall on an edge or a corner...

I'm having a hard time visualizing this.

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2005-06-16, 14:22

i think the legs of the table collapsed and the table fell flat down on the ground, meaning the comp didn't move in x or y angles - only in Z! :smokey:



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i just saw it after i had posted and was... hm that's not what i meant to say, actually it's the damn opposite!
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2005-06-16, 14:37

here is my once nice powerbook!

http://tinypic.com/5zlchu
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2005-06-16, 14:38

YIKES. Yeah, your screen (at the least) is broken. Physically.

That's going to be an expensive repair.
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2005-06-16, 14:43

Oh snap. No pun intended.

Yeah, that's a $600+ repair. Damn, that sucks.
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2005-06-16, 14:45

yeah i had an issue with this once at work and i was told to have the screen replaced (Tibook) it was gonna be about $500. it's probably gonna be more for you because your not a school system or i assume and ADE (2 of my bosses were), and it is a larger better screen. sorry man!

if it isn't starting up still after that (may just be that the screen is locked up and won't display anything else) you gonna want to look into a new HD.

first thing i'd to though is look into aand buy a computer desk, J/K.

GL man, yeah this kind of stuff sucks.

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2005-06-16, 14:49

im thinking of selling it on ebay as parts and reinvest in a newer model.......+ APPLECARE
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2005-06-16, 14:58

If you can get it to boot you could use it as a desktop with an external monitor (or so I believe)
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2005-06-16, 15:00

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im thinking of selling it on ebay as parts and reinvest in a newer model.......+ APPLECARE
AppleCare won't protect from this.

Your screen is fried, you could buy a screen and install it yourself, I don't think it would be that hard to do.

Did it start from a CD? If that works, it's almost definitely the HD, which isn't expensive to replace...relatively of course.
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2005-06-16, 15:04

this is my backup plan right now

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2005-06-16, 15:10

Ok.. I was able to boot it up with my Mac 10.4 DVD...now what?
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2005-06-16, 15:17

Run the hardware test
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2005-06-16, 15:17

get a n new hd and screen
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2005-06-16, 15:19

Now you can claim on eBay that it's not completely b0rked up, and just needs a new HD and screen (probably accurate).

I only hope that you won't need to use your backup plan for too long...

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2005-06-16, 15:33

what's wrong with trivial pursuit?


. . . ohhh... wait a minute you ment the PeeCee lappy... nm
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2005-06-16, 18:39

just want to make sure, what we're seeing on your screen - are those actual fysical cracks or graphic distortion?

looks pretty obvious that it's fysical though...
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2005-06-16, 18:53

Yeah, I'd say it's fysical. Basically, the screen is phucked.
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2005-06-16, 20:57

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Yeah, I'd say it's fysical. Basically, the screen is phucked.


I'll have to remember that one.
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2005-06-17, 03:10

Usually when the thing under the apple keeps on turning, its just means that it doesn't find the OS to boot on. Did you try to start it pressing ALT key.. this will display the different things you can boot on. If you're lucky, you'll find there Mac OS X
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2005-06-17, 03:18

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Ok.. I was able to boot it up with my Mac 10.4 DVD...now what?
Try Disk Utility - First Aid - Repair Disk.
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2005-06-17, 14:25

if it can't find the os it will display a blinking system foler and a question mark. if it keeps spinning that means that there is something not booting right/ gets hung up somewhere in the boot process.

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2005-06-17, 15:36

After booting into OS i was able to run disk utility and all was fine.......I archived and install Tiger again, but after it came to restart....It HUNG! with the apple and spinning wheel
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2005-06-17, 18:45

Is there a boot log of some sort MacHead05 can view? Perhaps that can point him in the right direction. (I don't know the Mac OX well enough to know if there is such a creature.)
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2005-06-17, 21:25

remove and reseat your RAM chips.

zap PRAM and reset NVRAM.

also, boot with option key from the original PowerBook DVD that came with your machine, and run the Apple Hardware Test.
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