The worst day of my Apple life

in General Discussion edited January 2014
My Pismo died on me today. I was back from work and was just about to finish up a presentation for class tomorrow. I pressed the button and what sounded like a small drill came from the case, surprisely from the upper left corner and not the right (where the HD is). I had been worrying that the HD would die soon (loud noises and stuff) and had expected that instead.

I tried to plug it in to the adaptor and turn it on again. Same noise and same result. I then took off the keyboard and looked inside and a small smell of burning metal and some smoke rose from the corner. I quickly unplugged and removed the battery to avoid any further damage. But to be honest: It came from the MB and it is fried. No doubt about it.

Problem now is that don´t have any money for a new computer and I have a zillion papers to make this semester and with no computer it will be a problem.

SO someone please tell me that it was just the infrared eye that was fried and some magic spell will cure it. If not... well then its time for the first "help a fellow AI´er" collection marathon ever. Portables or funds are welcome


  • Reply 1 of 28
    Sorry to hear about your Prismo. The first thing to do is find the closest certified Apple Tech in your area and have them look at it and see what is wrong. You really can't fix it if the mother board fried but you could get lucky, you never know. Hope you are able to get it fixed.
  • Reply 2 of 28
    Dude, sorry to hear the. I have lost a number of computers over the years. Sorry, I'm cash strapped or I'd make a donation. All I can say is... what better time to upgarde? On the eve of a new release? Or the day after? Might want to sell the pismo for scrap to recoupe some costs and start saving pennies for the revised ibooks. Good luck!
  • Reply 3 of 28
    leonisleonis Posts: 3,427member
    Do you still have AppleCare with your Pismo? If not............prepare to pay $980-$1500US for the board
  • Reply 4 of 28
    kecksykecksy Posts: 1,002member
    Try taking it to a Apple certified repair specialist. They can tell you what's wrong and possibly fix it for a lot less than the cost of buying a new machine.

    CompUSA or an Apple Store will usually have a specialist on their payrole.
  • Reply 5 of 28
    andersanders Posts: 6,523member
    No Applecare (yes my forehead is black and yellow from my selftorture and checkbox checked for next purchase).

    I have figured that a new motherboard costs about the same as a new iBook. And despite my love for the Pismo it would be hard to justify fixing the problem instead of buying as new one.

    New tactics : Steve. I know you read here. What about half price on your HW for this time sake? You know my email and noone have to know okay?


















  • Reply 6 of 28
    leonisleonis Posts: 3,427member
    I always buy AppleCare for laptops.
  • Reply 7 of 28
    andersanders Posts: 6,523member
    I do too.

    From now on at least...

    Now lets see the power of the net. Spread this and I will have a new one by monday

    [ 09-23-2002: Message edited by: Anders ]</p>
  • Reply 8 of 28
    Hey , I might be able to get you an old PowerMac 5300 100Mhz. Our school is in the process of getting rid of one of there first computer labs and turning into a class room. I'll pull some strings and see what I can do.
  • Reply 9 of 28
    fran441fran441 Posts: 3,715member
    Leonis, I also bought AppleCare on my Pismo, but that didn't help me when it died. If not for my Dad having a contact with the VP of AppleCare, my Pismo would have cost about $1000 to fix.

    My AppleCare now runs out in 2005, btw. I still don't know how it happened but I'm not complaining.

    Anders, I don't know what to tell you here. I know the position you are in. Apple will charge you a fortune to fix your PowerBook, perhaps as much as the cost of a new iBook. But on the other hand, you have no money to repair it or get a new computer.

    I don't know how insurance works over in Europe, but is your PowerBook insured? Part of my home owner's insurance focuses on my PowerBook that would cover damage from a power surge, fire damage, etc. There is a deductible but otherwise, they pay what the cost would be to get it fixed or replaced.

    If you can determine it was a power surge or some other anomaly and you have a good insurance policy that would cover electronics in your house, I would look into it.

    Otherwise, you might be looking at an expensive solution.
  • Reply 10 of 28
    andersanders Posts: 6,523member
    [quote]Originally posted by Altivec_2.0:

    <strong>Hey , I might be able to get you an old PowerMac 5300 100Mhz. Our school is in the process of getting rid of one of there first computer labs and turning into a class room. I'll pull some strings and see what I can do.</strong><hr></blockquote>

    I´m actually really thankful for the offer but the problem is that I am 8 timezones away from you.

    Next idea: If Apple send me an iBook I will change my name to Jaguar for the next year. If they send me a Powerbook I´ll change it to QuickTime Streaming Server forever.
  • Reply 11 of 28
    der kopfder kopf Posts: 2,275member
    I don't really know if it has to have this kind of big effects. I mean, for what it's worth, I am a former Pismo owner, and I read, in times of dire need, about a guy whose motherboard appeared to have been torched, due to a problem with the power supply.

    Now, it got fixed simply by trashing the soundcard (which is, in the Pismo, far right next to where the power supply comes in). So, this guy didn't have sound anymore, but hell, that sounds like a bargain in your case.

    And if not, I wonder if there'd be a way to test your comp to know if maybe it IS the HD or not.

    Anyway, I had an emergency like this just two months ago (my Pismo died on me then), so I know just how much you feel like puking right now. I am, however, typing this on a new used iBook, and am quite content with it, it is certainly a little leap forward (not really big, but big enough).

    I hope you have some other comp over there to do your stuff on, some old beige G3 or so, something to save your life on while you go through those horribly trying first Pismo-less days.

    I really feel for you, Anders <img src="graemlins/embarrassed.gif" border="0" alt="[Embarrassed]" />
  • Reply 12 of 28
    stevesteve Posts: 523member
    [quote]Originally posted by Anders:


    Yo, sup. Sorry, I'm a bit tied for cash at the moment. A whole bunch of great GameCube software is eating holes in my pockets... <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />
  • Reply 13 of 28
    Why don't you just take it in and see what the problem really is?
  • Reply 14 of 28
    I'll take the Pismo off your hands if you want to get rid of it. At least it will help towards the purchase of the iBook
  • Reply 15 of 28
    jmpjmp Posts: 31member
    You really don't have to pay that much for a Pismo motherboard. On ebay they've been going for around $200 lately (I've sold 2 in the last two weeks in this price range). Just be sure that's really the problem before you shell out the cash, and buy from someone with good feedback. I can email you the Pismo service manual if you post your email address, it might help you decide what to do. If your Pismo is in otherwise good shape you can probably get $400-500 for it as is, depending on accessories, CPU speed, etc, to use towards a new iBook or whatever. Good luck!

    No I don't have any more motherboards by the way, last one sold yesterday, sorry.
  • Reply 16 of 28
    serranoserrano Posts: 1,806member
    I've got a duo dock that needs a battery connection to the motherboard soldered. it's otherwise in perfect condition and complete... then again it's a duo dock, b&w and 68040... it's up to you
  • Reply 17 of 28
    One word...

    Student Discounts

    Okay, that's two words but it only has one syllable.

    Yeah yeah, welI I know what I meant, Or do I?

  • Reply 18 of 28
    andersanders Posts: 6,523member
    [quote]Originally posted by jmp:

    <strong>I can email you the Pismo service manual if you post your email address, it might help you decide what to do.</strong><hr></blockquote>

    I would appriciate that, thanks.

    My email is in the profile link above the post.
  • Reply 19 of 28
    dfilerdfiler Posts: 3,420member
    I feel your pain. When my power computing machine died I grieved for a week ;-)

    Don't give up quite yet though. You can probably find a used motherboard for cheap. Screens, harddisks and keyboards the most commonly broken parts of laptops. This means that there are plenty of dead laptops out there with perfectly fine MBs!
  • Reply 20 of 28
    I will sell you my pismo for american monies.

    Ask me how!
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