How not to fix a broken iBook

When I got my Powerbook last December, my original plan to sell my old iBook was thwarted by a video cable problem that had developed in the month or so leading up to the new laptop purchase. The repair estimate was just over $300, which was far too much to spend on a laptop with a resale value of only four or five hundred.

I’ve kept it at work since then, where it’s handy to have a laptop once in a while. Last week though, I started it up only to find the dread OS X kernel panic message. Uh oh. Rebooting didn’t help, nor did trying to repair the disk or reinstall the OS. It was official: The hard drive was dying (again). It wasn’t worth the expense of replacing the video cable, so it definitely isn’t worth the expense of replacing both that and the hard drive.

With a dead hard drive and a video cable in need of replacement, the value of this laptop is effectively zero. It occurred to me, however, that the value of some of its parts is not. I did some quick checking on Ebay and found that I could get some small amount of cash by selling the Airport card, the 256 MB RAM, and possibly the battery and combo drive, not to mention the 12 inch laptop sleeve I no longer need. Actually disassembling an iBook is challenging, but a glass or two of wine and I was up for the task.

Broken iBook

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