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G3 iBook display goes unlit when screen bent back more than about 80 degrees

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iBook G3 12"

iBook G3 12" Display Inverter Replacement

iBook G3 12" Display Inverter Replacement

Very difficult


Trying to get an old gifted iBook useable for a 10-year-old


The repair hasn't fixed the problem. I got the inverter board from iFixit, spent the 2.5 hours taking the iBook apart and putting it back together, only to discover the problem still existed. I did some more research, and disabled the reed switch. That didn't fix it either. Then I bought a replacement display cable (from ebay). Spent another afternoon doing the teardown and rebuild, and THAT didn't work either. Right now my patience is frayed and I may just chuck the computer - don't know what else to try. Logic tells me this is a mechanical problem, and should be fixable, but patience is stretched thin and I don't know if I'm up for another run at it- especially since I don't know what to do.


Be prepared to be sorely tested. This is time-consuming and without guaranteed results.

Spudger Resmi


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