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Aluminum 17" (A1107)

Submitted By: powerbookmedic
Approved On: 9/10/09
Description: This is a Powerbookmedic.com video manual for the 17" Aluminum Powerbook.
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Comments (50):

Insomniac
2 months ago
I'm trying to find where the Hall sensor (lid close sleep sensor) is on the A1139 (DLSD/Hi-Res 17" PowerBook G4). The magnet is along the top edge of the display a couple of inches from the left edge, but I don't see anything in the case indicating the board. Any idea where it is? Thanks.
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@nosound - if it lets you adjust the volume, it may just be a speaker issue. You may want to go inside and reseat the connections. Otherwise, I'd start by replacing the sound board.
No sound guy
1 year ago
I am looking at you video on sound repair because i have none on my 17" g4. I went into setting and adjusted the sound but still no sound. I am not certain whether it is the card or the assembly, how can i determine this?
Blair Carmichael
2 years ago
Its alive! You helped me save may PowerBook G4!
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Luis - the small little nub is only available on new keyboards. if you still have it you can glue it back in place as a temporary fix, otherwise you'll need to buy a replacement keyboard.
Luis Villar
2 years ago
Hi, I have a Ibook G4 but my space keytap broke and the little gummy thing below the key broked. What Should I Do? Give me Advices!!!!! PLEASEEE!!!!!!
Happy Powerbook customer
3 years ago
Just bought and installed a 1.67 low res logic board from these guys... at a very reasonable cost I might add... And it works like a charm! First boot! Sweet... Thanks guys especially for your repair videos... Much appreciated!
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@sean - these should be available in the power adapters section on our site using the navigation bar above.
sean
3 years ago
i am looking to buy two powerbook g4 17" adaptor model is # 1107 and 1013. where can go to buy two good adaptor new or uses?
tamara
3 years ago
A piece of the charger (i beleive) had broken off inside my DC in port. I purchased a new charger, no charge, I replaced the DC IN board, still not charging, any ideas?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Suherman - you shouldn't have an issue installing Tiger (10.4). The minimum requirements are quite low. Leopard (10.5) is much harder to run on this machine.
Suherman saputar
3 years ago
i have the powerbook G 4 for ten years, now i would like to up grade to install tiger can I ?
Tony
3 years ago
I have a 17" Powerbook G4 which I love but it is getting old and recently my screen seems to flicker when I first boot. It seems to stop after the computer warms up. I hooked it up to an external monitor and flicker does not happen on external monitor. Is this possibly a LCD screen getting ready to burn out? If so, do you have a replacement. 82 months old. OS10.5.8 1.67GHz PPC G4 2GB RAMM
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Mark - we have several shipping methods starting at free to overnight service. You can see the options on the Schedule a Repair page through the Send-in Mac Repair link at the top.
Mark
3 years ago
how much is it to ship to you guys?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Mark - as long as its a 65w adapter it should turn on even without a battery installed. It is most likely a logic board issue at this point. I would have it professionally diagnosed.
Mark
3 years ago
I have a powerbook g4 17' aluminum, that doesn't turn on i bought a new charger and when its done charging it wont turn on. But before that ill push the battery button on the bottom and the lights light up quick and go down but wont come back up.
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Tannia - you most likely need a new LCD which we sell in the product list to the right. If you want us to repair it, you can request a quote using the Send-In Mac Repair link at the top of our site.
Tannia
3 years ago
Hello, I have a problem with my LCD screen. No cracks but My screen won't show..it lights up, but all I see are lines...How do I fix this..I am not familiar with this problem. If I were to have this repaired how much would you say it will cost me..thanks
powerbook g4 320H/d & 2g up grade
3 years ago
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Mark Swaby
3 years ago
Loved the video & I'm also loving the what you guys have done with site! Well done & good luck!!!!
Chris
3 years ago
Hello :) I wanted to ask how essay is to replace the Back Case Rear Housing for 17" Powerbook G4 - M9970LL/A 17'' inch PowerBook.- is there a video showing this on your site? or a photo guide? or something? I want to replace just the case not the LCD screen.I noticed that on the LCD replace video the taking out of the back case is somehow complicated. Can I change the back case without removing the whole display / upper part from the PowerBook?
Rob
3 years ago
Does anyone know where I can find a bootable diag repair cd for this G4 17 Alu model?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Per - yea, removing the back case is very tricky on this model. Just make sure you are not including the trim with the back case. It is part of the bezel on this model and there are just tons of little clips all the way around that you have to carefully pop free as you work your way around.
Per
4 years ago
My fault.. some of the clips sit very differently from the others, for an untrained mac-eye. Aluminum is off! :)
Per
4 years ago
Removing the aluminum panel from the 17" lcd seems impossible. Got all the clips but is the thing superglued? thanks.
Andy
4 years ago
My 17" G4 no longer charges the batteries. Only functions when plugged into the wall. Anyone know if this is a big deal to repair? Thanks
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Jorge - I would check if it is going completely black or if you can barely make out the image. Sometimes shining a flashlight through the apple in the back can help show this. If you can make out an image, that is going to be a backlight issue which could just mean something is adjusting your brightness all the way down or it could be an inverter board issue.
Jorge Forero
4 years ago
What a great video. Congratulations. I have an issue with my Powerbook g4. When I try to start it works well. The screen is bright and the screen for user password still is bright, but once I enter any user account the screen goes black. I connected my external 23" HD to check the source of the problem but the same problem happened. What could it be. Is there any way I can check it, before I open the PB. Thanks for your help. P.S.:) the battery is dead could that be it(it smells bad).
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Annie - you'll need to buy the pram board. you'll have to take off the top case and superdrive to replace it. for the external, you'll need a dual usb port cable to get enough power. for the trackpad, you'll need a new top case. for the spacebar, you can try popping it off and cleaning it but if its liquid damage you might have to replace the keyboard. for the video issues, some video compressions these days are too much for even your machine to handle because they don't use the video chip for decoding like your dvds can and rely on processor power. you can load up Activity Monitor from your Utilities folder and can look at the CPU Usage while playing videos to see if it gets maxed out.
Annie
4 years ago
Hi Guys & Gals :) Well I'm new to Mac's by about 2-3 months. I work on Pc's and know them inside out but Mac is a different story! I bought a powerbook G4 17", 1.67 processor, A1107, Low res' which I must say is a very very nice laptop but it has a couple of small things that need doing to it. *The first is the main battery needs replacing and tonight when I booted up the date came up which on any laptop is the Cmos/Pram battery. After checking out the Pram battery I'm wondering if I can buy just the battery or do I have to buy the complete assembly of the Pram/USB board?? The second question I have is can I get the USB/pram board out without having to pull the whole computer apart and if there is a video showing how to get it out??? *The next question I have is regarding to a 160GB external hard drive that is in a USB caddy... this laptop will not pick it up and the external drive just sits there making a clicking noise and yet the same USB hard drive works just fine on another old Mac (14"powerbook G3) but doesn't work on the other small 12" Ibook G3 either, Why is this???? * My second last question for you is.... The tracking pad on this one (17" powerbook A1107) is not working, which isn't a great drama but it would be nice to get it going again plus I notice since I've been typing this that the key doesn't always pick up on the use of the spacebar is it just me or could there an under lining problem for this....NOT that I want any more.. thanks! ;))) * My last Question is regarding watching videos over the net, they seem to be lagging and jumpy like there not enough power to play them?? and yet when I play a DVD it seems to play OK???? It's running 1GB of ram at the moment but I have ordered another 1GB to boost it up to a total of 2G. Any idea's on this would be great :)))) Anyway guys thanks you for any help you can give me on any of these problems and I'm looking forward to someday being able to help other out. :)))))) Many Thanks Annie :))
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Jeff - For #1, they no longer manufacture the original LCDs any more for the Powerbook 17". The only new LCDs you can get now are aftermarket which may have different screw holes. For #2, the magnet placement is very picky. If it is not close enough to activate the reed switch underneath the trackpad, sleep mode will not work. For #3, you may want to do a PRAM reset, after that if you bought the LCD from us, you may want to contact customer support.
Jeff
4 years ago
Hi Guys. 1 comment and 2 Issues with a 17" PB G4 LCD replacement. 1) The replacement LCD does not contain the 6 screw holes in the actual display, only the ones on the sides. 2) although I replaced the magnet on the back of the LCD from the old display, it must be in the wrong location. I assume it needs react with the trackpad when closed, since this is approximately the location of it on the old display. As a result, I don't have sleep mode when i close the cover. 3) It seems i have lost both contrast brightness controls/ Contrast simply does nothing, brightness controls bring up the icons on screen but show a small circle with a line through it, indicating I am not allowed to do that. What might I have missed during the replacement process related to contrast and brightness functionality? All other keys on the keyboard work correctly. Many thanks
Jeff
4 years ago
Sorry, I misstated. Not contrast, I meant the keyboard backlight which had a disallowed icon. Now magically it works. Backlight brightness controls still does not function. Any idea?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Burt - Make sure the locking mechanism is underneath the cable. The cable should go in between the top of the connector and the sliding locking mechanism.
BURT
4 years ago
Having trouble putting the gray keyboard cable back into its socket. Problem is - I can't snap shut the tiny latches on either side of the cable. (The latches move up to release the cable. They will move down - as long as the cable is not inserted. Is it possible the cable is not inserted far enough?
Richard Orsillo
4 years ago
I having trouble reasembling cover hinge blocks
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Sterling - in the rare case it may be the display cable, but most of the time it is the LCD.
Sterling
4 years ago
This is amazing! Thank you! Do you know if replacing the LCD fix the infamous vertical line problem on these 17 inches? I'm thinking about trying it now that I watched this..
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@LDIV - No, it is not possible.
LDIV
4 years ago
is it possible to replace my 17"PB trackpad with the new MacBookPro glass one's?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Luigi - it is underneath the pc card cage in most models.
Luigi
4 years ago
where is the wireless card in these things
wow
4 years ago
hey i found the video i was trying to unscrew that gold snap cable connector. YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@wow - which wires are you having trouble with?
wow
4 years ago
didn't want to say how to take the wires off? just the screws.... that was the easy part
Peggy
5 years ago
I agree with Elle, definitely more hassle putting it back together than the entire hard drive replacement. Wish the video also went through putting the laptop back together.
Elle
5 years ago
More hassle putting it back together.
pepe
5 years ago
great great great! thanks! you're the best!
ososoment
5 years ago
you guys rock! You just saved me a whole load of hassle and money Thanks Os (UK)
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