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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

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i have an old ibook g3 600 i have been working on, and it seems like everytime i fix something something else goes out. currently i have replaced the logicboard, then the replaced the 20gb hard drive with a new WD 100gb, maxed the ram, but as i was putting it back to gether i pinched the inverter cable, so i got a new one and replaced it.

it was working fine for a few days then last night the back light would suddenly go out, i restarted and it would light again, then it went out again, this time i just closed the lid, waited for it to go to sleep then repopened, the screen lit back up, then after about an hour it went black again, it tried the closing and reopening again, but now i only get a flicker then back to black. i have tried it again this morning and it just flickers for a second then the backlight is out again. could this be an issue with the cable or should i go ahead and replace the inverter board?

p.s. this is a project, i like working on stuff, i already have a C2D Macbook, so please no replies of just cutting losses. i have barely an money invested in this ibook, and i like having it for a travel/beater notebook so my macbook stays nice and scratch free.
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i have an old ibook g3 600 i have been working on, and it seems like everytime i fix something something else goes out. currently i have replaced the logicboard, then the replaced the 20gb hard drive with a new WD 100gb, maxed the ram, but as i was putting it back to gether i pinched the inverter cable, so i got a new one and replaced it.

it was working fine for a few days then last night the back light would suddenly go out, i restarted and it would light again, then it went out again, this time i just closed the lid, waited for it to go to sleep then repopened, the screen lit back up, then after about an hour it went black again, it tried the closing and reopening again, but now i only get a flicker then back to black. i have tried it again this morning and it just flickers for a second then the backlight is out again. could this be an issue with the cable or should i go ahead and replace the inverter board?

p.s. this is a project, i like working on stuff, i already have a C2D Macbook, so please no replies of just cutting losses. i have barely an money invested in this ibook, and i like having it for a travel/beater notebook so my macbook stays nice and scratch free.
I agree with your assessment of a bad inverter board. That would be my next step. If not, it might be a bad CCFL backlight tube. Those can be very tricky to replace (have your soldering iron ready).

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One friend of mine with an iBook G3-800 had issues like yours. He fixed it and claimed it was something to do with the magnetic reed switch that puts the machine into sleep mode. Just thought I would mention it as I have seen it mentioned elsewhere also.

Either that or the replacement inverter board has issues. If neither of those tips pans out it's probably the backlight tube but that would be the last thing I check. The fact it comes on at all makes me think it's something else.
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thanks for the help, ebay inverter boards are like $20- $25 shipped, so that will be my next move, after i take it apart again tonight just to make sure the new cable hasn't come loose or something easy (free) to fix.
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