A few weeks ago my laptop started displaying strange discoloration and fuzzy vertical lines on the display, and then crashing after a few minutes use. The problem is consistant but occurs differently each time. Every time I turn on the computer it is an adventure…assuming it will even boot, which half the time it won’t.
There is a thread on the Apple support site with over 100 postings by people experiencing similar problems. I’d call this a known problem, but Apple refuses to acknowledge it. My laptop is a little over a year and a half old and thus far past the 1 year warranty period, and I didn’t purchase the $350 AppleCare 3 year extended warranty. The consensus seems to be that to fix this problem requires a replacement logic board and display clamshell, which, with repair costs added in, adds up to around $1,100. Understand that this laptop only cost something like $1,800. I don’t want to pay any money, and I don’t want a new laptop, but for how much these repairs are likely to cost, I don’t really know what to do. It is certainly not worth it to plunk down $1,100 when that is above what my current laptop goes for on eBay. And yet I don’t have $2,000 or so that I want to spend to get a new one. This laptop has served me incredibly well for the 19 months I’ve had it and I’m very happy with it, but this recent turn of events is very disheartening.
One thing is for sure — the next PowerBook I get is going to include that pesky $350 AppleCare service plan.