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Making a digital picture frame without a working motherboard :-( Answered

So...my iBook G4 died a couple of months ago. At first, We Fix Macs thought it was a (known) logic board problem, but it turns out the motherboard is dead. I've recovered my hard drive, and have the carcass at home. Everything works fine except that it won't boot, or won't stay running once booted.

Is there a reasonably inexpensive way to hook up an image player (like an MP3 or other thumb-drive type of thing) directly to an LCD display? Most of the digital photo-frame projects involve restructuring the components of a functioning laptop.

I'm not about to try to get this done in time for Christmas, but for my wife's birthday (March) it'd be kind of cool.

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gmjhowe (author)2008-12-16

You get more success, selling off the parts, then buying a monitor, and a mp4 player that has video out.

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kelseymh (author)gmjhowe2008-12-16

Oh, okay. Wanna buy an iBook G4 carcass for 100 quid? I'll even ship it to you :-)

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bumpus (author)kelseymh2008-12-16

Mmmm... I'm mildly interested..

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kelseymh (author)bumpus2008-12-16

If you're really interested, I'd be more than happy to work something out, either PM or "real e-mail." It won't have a hard drive -- they popped that for me and put it into a FIrewire/USB2 enclosure, and it's got a good amount of data on it. Would this thread be better suited for one of the "Marketplace" forums?

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bumpus (author)kelseymh2008-12-17

Perhaps, but if anything, I shall needz moar moniez!

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bumpus (author)kelseymh2008-12-16

What is 100 Quid equal too?
Someone should define all these crazy UKinese money terms for me..

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Lithium Rain (author)bumpus2008-12-16

Or you could just Google it.

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kelseymh (author)bumpus2008-12-16

Quid is britspeak for pounds sterling (£). At the moment, they're about $2 each.

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gmjhowe (author)kelseymh2008-12-16

Ive got too many macs already...

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11010010110 (author)2008-12-16

sometimes the laptop boots and then drops out. right ? maybe its fixable

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kelseymh (author)110100101102008-12-16

Maybe. Given that the repair shop spent two months and gave up (without charging me, at least), I'm not fully confident that it can be (and I'm sure I can't do so myself). Hey (see below)...wanna buy it?

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11010010110 (author)kelseymh2008-12-16

most common mainboard problems are bad capacitors and broken tracks (it still works when tilted or slightly pressed in some direction) other common problems are related to the cable that connects the screen (computer works and screen is black) sometimes dead bios battery may make trouble too but its not likely to be intermittent

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kelseymh (author)110100101102008-12-16

Yes. This one appears to be temperature related, and with all the surface-mount stuff Apple uses, it's really hard to chase down something subtle.

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11010010110 (author)kelseymh2008-12-16

mounting the board in the position where it works may work

its impossible to visuallu find the break. its often under one of the chips

maybe one of those can help you

https://www.instructables.com/id/Fix-the-Xbox-360s-Red-Ring-of-Death/
https://www.instructables.com/id/Fix-the-Red-Ring-of-Deathwithout-towels/
https://www.instructables.com/id/Xbox-360-Ring-Of-Death-Fix/

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whatsisface (author)2008-12-16

Laptop displays are notoriously difficult to drive using a standard signal. I looked into it myself a while back, and I couldn't think of a way to do it without a full laptop in there.

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kelseymh (author)whatsisface2008-12-16

Hrumph....Thanks much for the reply! I was hoping there might be an internal interface I could hijack. Oh, well.

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