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Repaired my "hand-me-down" iBook in no time!

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iBook G4 14" 1.42 GHz

iBook G4 14" 1.42 GHz DC-In Board Replacement

iBook G4 14" 1.42 GHz DC-In Board Replacement


Mijn probleem

I inherited a roughed-up iBook G4 which had served as both my sister's first college laptop and, later, my mom's primary internet terminal; mom kicked it my way when she got tired of fidgeting with the DC input to maintain a charge. It didn't take long for me to reach the same frustration, but where do you go when you're not an experienced computer-tinkerer and every Genius at a Bar just tells you "well, have you considered an iPad?"

Mijn oplossing

A coworker knew about ifixit.com and, after a two-minute search and a two-day turnaround, I had my new DC input, all the tools for installation, and the tutorial ready to go (seriously, including the "required tools" list on the product pages in the webstore? With the add-all-to-cart button? It's the little things that make you fall in love). The repair itself was as effortless as the shopping and shipping experience: from the clarity of the repair guide's instructions to the convenience of having all the right tools included with the replacement part, ifixit made this one of the easiest jobs I've ever undertaken. From start to finish, barely 35 minutes had peeled off the clock before I found myself the owner of an iBook G4 with a rock-solid DC input.

Mijn advies

My only suggestion has been echoed in a few other places: I found that the center-most screw on the outside of the iBook case's bottom responded better to an Allen-style wrench than it did the Torx driver. Otherwise, the manual was letter-perfect. Just be mindful to sort/label your screws and you'll be fine!

Spudger afbeelding


Phillips #00 Screwdriver afbeelding
Phillips #00 Screwdriver


Flathead 3/32" or 2.5 mm Screwdriver afbeelding
Flathead 3/32" or 2.5 mm Screwdriver


TR8 Torx Security Screwdriver afbeelding
TR8 Torx Security Screwdriver


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