Moved: Using an IBM ThinkPad (PB died)

in General Discussion edited January 2014
I'm typing this from an IBM ThinkPad at work because when I plugged in my PowerBook it made a popping sound and white smoke came out of the hole where the power adapter goes. Now it's just dead.

I suppose nobody has a simple home remedy for this?


I can't afford to fix this and I cannot afford to buy a new computer.

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  • Reply 1 of 5
    sizzle chestsizzle chest Posts: 1,133member
    White smoke coming from power adapter opening = your computer is busted. Not the kind of thing you can fix yourself, even with advice from smart AI people.
  • Reply 2 of 5
    rogue27rogue27 Posts: 607member
    Yeah, I was afraid that may have been the case there, sizzle chest. I was looking at and they had a Power/Sound board for my computer (pismo) that cost $229, but the guy said if it won't even turn on with the battery it is probably more than the power and sound board that is dead.

    Does anybody know if this is true or not? If it's just the power and sound board, I can probably handle the cost if I sell blood twice a week until school resumes, but if it's the power and sound board and other things too, like the Motherboard or something, then I'm ****ed.

    I was using a MadsonLine power adapter and those ****ers aren't even answering my e-mail. I suspect that may have been the cause of my problem.

    ah well. I have a feeling it will be cheaper to buy a used laptop on e-bay for repair parts than it will be to get it fixed by a dealer.

    I'm frustrated.
  • Reply 3 of 5
    sizzle chestsizzle chest Posts: 1,133member
    I always like to use mechanical problems as an excuse to buy a new machine, but you might be surprised how reasonably you could get the thing fixed by Apple. Not cheap, mind you, but not outrageously expensive for many types of repairs.
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    g4dudeg4dude Posts: 1,016member
    I am asuming that your PowerBook is not under warranty, is this correct? Sounds like a logic board to me. New machine for you. Once you get a correct diagnosis for your problem, I might be interested in buying it if you choose to sell it. Sorry dude, that really sucks.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    amorphamorph Posts: 7,112member
    Moving to Genius Bar.
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