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IBook G4 14" will not power on

286 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: May 17, 2013 12:48 AM by Knucklesmac RSS
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I successfully helped a friend put in a new hard drive & successfully put the machine back together, however the power button will not turn on. Anything else we can try? I gave him links to try and so far a few didnt work. I gave him <a href="">this to try</a>. I even gave him the <a href="">support from this site to try</a>. <a href="">He hasnt tried this yet but wanted to see if this can help</a>. And I gave him <a hred="">this to try</a>.


I am wondering if any other possible answers I can give him if all else fails. it isnt under warranty anymore so Ive been trying to help. I am stumped as it didnt power on as most of the computers Ive fixed worked fine. Thanks for any other suggestions I can tell my friend to try.

  • Knucklesmac Level 4 Level 4 (2,225 points)
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    May 17, 2013 12:48 AM (in response to amymc9)



    Going to assume that this persons iBook was working fine up to the point of replacing the hard drive.

    Does the power ring show as green or orange when plugged into the iBook? (Is there power getting to the iBook)


    When the top cover is removed (Tracker Pad) it had a tiny little power lead from the power button to the logic board. These are somewhat difficult to remove carefully.

    I'd check to see if the tiny plug at the end of the power button lead is in tract. Check to see if the pins on the logic board are not bent or broken.

    The final thing to try, is a replacement button or worse still... a replacement cover.

    Personally, buttons are a lot cheaper to unscrew and replace.


    Other possibilities, Had the bottom cover been removed?

    If they removed the bottom cover, it means the man power lead that runs from the DC in to the logic board would have become unplugged. Check to see if that had been plugged back in correctly.


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