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    Replacing Powerebook G4 inverter board
    I just bought a powerbook G4 on which I got a great deal (ob ebay, in my city), but, though intermittent, aperently it has inverter board problems. I can easily buy a new powerboog g4 15" (its the 1.5 ghz model) inverter boasrd for around 30$, but I need to know how to instill it. I'm told that it requires a lot of disassembly. Or where could I take it to have it fixed for a reasonable price?
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    well I can't find an exact guide, but I did find this: PowerBook G4 Al 15" 1-1.5 GHz BT 1.1 Guides . the inverter should be included in there somewhare. I may just take it to my local computr guy and ask him to follow the guide.
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    Is there any way to access the inverter board (in the hinge part) without taking the computer apart very much. I don't want to have to remove the entire display, which is a relatively long process.
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    The guide you want is the one which deals with the display. As far as I know, you won't be able to access the inverter board without removing the display. I'm sure someone has found a different way, but for safety sake it's best to follow the guide even though it's a lengthy process.

    As far as taking it to a local computer guy, unless he's experienced with working on Mac notebook computers I wouldn't let him get near it.

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    Well, the computer guy can't be any less experienced than me and a mac specialist would probably make the deal no longer so sweet (it also came with leo and cs4, other software and a mighty mouse), but I am being "apprenticed" (like I occasionally work for my local computer guy for free to learn about computers and stuff) to my computer guy. I think he could just do a better job following the guide than me, but I'm not sure if he has any proper mac experience.

    The part should be arriving mid next week. If I fix it all it will have only cost me 275$ CDN for the best powerbook g4 and all the above stuff.

    I guess I'll probably ust take the thing to the store and do the guide stuff with the computer guy.
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    ...It's pretty easy and straightforward man. If you're familiar taking laptops apart, you'll have no problem with the inverter board. Just approach it with confidence.
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    I'm not but I learn fast.
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