Help! Powerbook G4 Backlight Went Dead!!

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
Now all my info is on that computer, and I need it very much this week especially.

While i was using the computer, the screen suddenly went black, i tried putting the computer to sleep and then turning it on again but i had no luck. Next i tried restarting it, the computer's backlight doesn't turn on at all.. The LCD is still on, i still see the image of my desktop as usual, but it's too dark to manage with.

I am using:

Powerbook G4 1.67ghz


2gb ram

I usually don't have problems, this is a first.

Any solutions?



  • Reply 1 of 3
    It's most likely an inverter board which is a fairly cheap part by itself. However, Apple charges a bit over $300 for ALL PowerBook repairs out of warranty.

    contact these guys and get an estimate:

    much cheaper than Apple for out of warranty hardware work.
  • Reply 2 of 3
    i'm fine with getting it repaired, but my problem is that i need certain files from it by tomorrow evening, and also i don't want those repairing it to see what's on my hard drive, i have too much private info there and nowhere to back it all up..

    My computer is under the applecare warranty, so the repair wouldn't cost me anything..

    i'm forced to post messages here from my nokia 6682 and the opera browser..
  • Reply 3 of 3
    Can't you connect an external display to your PowerBook to get the files?
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