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TiBook power light/sleep light cuts out

Message #1 - Posted 2004/05/19 - Dario

I've dropped my powerbook once, and the only damage done was because of the strain put on the power cord. The cable snapped, flexed the power plug on the powerbook, snapped off a small bit of plastic, and since then, the light around the plug goes out when I flex the base by putting pressure on the area where the CD drive is, when I put the laptop on my lap, or an uneven surface (if there's a cable under it on the desk, etc).

Does anyone know what might be causing this? When the green light goes out, the laptop is still being powered, it doesn't go on battery. Maybe a cable somewhere get's dislodged?

The second issue is the sleep light thats under the "PowerBook G4" writing on the LCD shell.

It has shut off permanently. Meaning that it is off when the powerbook is on a flat surface. But when I twist the base as to put upward pressure on the CD drive area (pushing it up from below, while doing the same in opposite directon on the other end of the base) the light comes back.

The sleep light issue doesn't seem to be related to the original dropping of the PB. I only noticed it recently, a good few months after the PB dropped on the floor.

So perhaps this could be affecting others. Any recommendations in fixing this are appreciated. Thanks.

Message #2 - Posted 2004/05/19 - Jason Koesters

Sounds like you've got some intermittent connects from the drop.

I had a problem with my TiBook charger not charging with the plug and wire being at certain angles and the like. The leds in the plug would go off and it wasn't charging any more. If yours is still charging (be certain!!!), then I wouldn't worry about it. Especially if you don't want to have to crack the case and replace the power connector.

Of course, you didn't say where the "small bit of plastic" came from. You could have a loose connection from the jerking of the power cable too. Have you tried a different power adapter?

With what you are describing with bending the case to get the sleep light to come back on, I would guess another bad connection, probably from the fall, just now worked its way loose. If it's still going into sleep mode and you can live with it, then again, don't worry about it.

I'm crossposting this to the comp.sys.mac.portables group so others may be able to share a little insight.

Jason

Dario wrote:

I've dropped my powerbook once, and the only damage done was because of the strain put on the power cord. The cable snapped, flexed the power plug on the powerbook, snapped off a small bit of plastic, and since then, the light around the plug goes out when I flex the base by putting pressure on the area where the CD drive is, when I put the laptop on my lap, or an uneven surface (if there's a cable under it on the desk, etc).

Does anyone know what might be causing this? When the green light goes out, the laptop is still being powered, it doesn't go on battery. Maybe a cable somewhere get's dislodged?

The second issue is the sleep light thats under the "PowerBook G4" writing on the LCD shell.

It has shut off permanently. Meaning that it is off when the powerbook is on a flat surface. But when I twist the base as to put upward pressure on the CD drive area (pushing it up from below, while doing the same in opposite directon on the other end of the base) the light comes back.

The sleep light issue doesn't seem to be related to the original dropping of the PB. I only noticed it recently, a good few months after the PB dropped on the floor.

So perhaps this could be affecting others. Any recommendations in fixing this are appreciated. Thanks.

Message #3 - Posted 2004/05/20 - Dario

On Wed, 19 May 2004 18:12:55 -0400, Jason Koesters wrote
(in message <HZQqc.10208$Ra3.7855@newssvr24.news.prodigy.com>):

I had a problem with my TiBook charger not charging with the plug and wire being at certain angles and the like. The leds in the plug would go off and it wasn't charging any more. If yours is still charging (be certain!!!), then I wouldn't worry about it. Especially if you don't want to have to crack the case and replace the power connector.

Of course, you didn't say where the "small bit of plastic" came from. You could have a loose connection from the jerking of the power cable too. Have you tried a different power adapter?

The piece of plastic came from just above the power connector, about 8 millimeters wide. It is from the casing, the cream white bevel around the gray titanium shell, not the male power connector itself.

With what you are describing with bending the case to get the sleep light to come back on, I would guess another bad connection, probably from the fall, just now worked its way loose. If it's still going into sleep mode and you can live with it, then again, don't worry about it.

I'm crossposting this to the comp.sys.mac.portables group so others may be able to share a little insight.

Jason

I could defenitely live with these issues, but should I decide to sell it in a distant future (I don't see need for another laptop for a while, this one is just that good) I wouldn't want to have a laundry list of things wrong with it.

Dario wrote:

I've dropped my powerbook once, and the only damage done was because of the
strain put on the power cord. The cable snapped, flexed the power plug on the powerbook, snapped off a small bit of plastic, and since then, the light
around the plug goes out when I flex the base by putting pressure on the area
where the CD drive is, when I put the laptop on my lap, or an uneven surface
(if there's a cable under it on the desk, etc).

Does anyone know what might be causing this? When the green light goes out,
the laptop is still being powered, it doesn't go on battery. Maybe a cable
somewhere get's dislodged?

The second issue is the sleep light thats under the "PowerBook G4" writing on
the LCD shell.

It has shut off permanently. Meaning that it is off when the powerbook is on
a flat surface. But when I twist the base as to put upward pressure on the
CD drive area (pushing it up from below, while doing the same in opposite directon on the other end of the base) the light comes back.

The sleep light issue doesn't seem to be related to the original dropping of
the PB. I only noticed it recently, a good few months after the PB dropped
on the floor.

So perhaps this could be affecting others. Any recommendations in fixing this are appreciated. Thanks.

Message #4 - Posted 2004/05/20 - Jason Koesters

I would wait and see if anyone from the portables group posts back, but it sounds like it is really up to you. I see what you mean about resale, but it also sounds like that could be a ways down the road, so it may not be a big issue.

Good luck,
Jason

Dario wrote:

I could defenitely live with these issues, but should I decide to sell it in a distant future (I don't see need for another laptop for a while, this one is just that good) I wouldn't want to have a laundry list of things wrong with it.

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