I think my hardware karma has gone to zero

Oh, what a week. First my brand-new dual 1.8Ghz G5 PowerMac started having random kernel panics (Apple has replaced the logic board, and it’s still messed up. Now they’re sending me new RAM to try), then my wife’s ancient Lombard PowerBook suddenly stopped seeing the power adapter. But, to top it off, last night, as if the very fates were laughing at me, my Titanium Powerbook slipped off my desk and hit the floor at just the right angle to snap the hinge.

So I did what any self-respecting Mac guy would do: I went to the local service place (The Mac Shack, in this case) and asked them about fixes for the two laptops…

There was the proverbial good news and bad news. The good news is that my wife’s older Lombard PowerBook can be fixed for around $100, which is important because the story on my own laptop is not as good. It turns out that the way that the hinge works on the Titanium PowerBook means that essentially the only way to fix it is to replace the entire screen and screen assembly. That’s over $1000 just for parts.

So today I’m buying myself a new laptop. And wondering if I’ll get my G5 working soon.

But on the bright side, my old laptop was getting a bit dusty… 🙂

5 comments on “I think my hardware karma has gone to zero

  1. Dave, it’s funny you mention that…I just destroyed the hinges on my TiBook this Sunday. It was on the counter and slipped, fell straight open, sheared the left hinge entirely. Ouch. Display’s still good. Thankfully our President just gave us his back to be replaced with a brand new 15″, so I just transfered HD and Memory, poof it works.

  2. Thanks for the link, Matthew, but I’ve already transitioned into a new Aluminum PowerBook, a 1Ghz G4, and, well, I’m not complaining. I traded my busted TiBook to the local repair place and they’ve fixed my wife’s PB and are giving me 1GB of RAM – installed – on my new unit in return. So it goes… 🙂

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