I am working with a client/friend that has a Powerbook G4 17" Al. with a 1.5G processor. She bought it new in 2004.
The laptop was dropped, and the screen is now cracked into an interesting pattern. (Still, do not try that at home if you can help it!)
Plan A: Can we purchase a standard LCD monitor off the shelf and kinda cut and past the new LCD into the old case "easily"?
If so, is there one or more such LCDs that happen to use the same LCD panel for a screen?
Plan B: Is there a way to essentially remove the notebook top (screen and all) and then use only an external monitor without harming the rest of the computer circuitry? The replacement screen services availablefor about $300+ up seem a bit steep right now. She has an adapter to a svga monitor mirrored with the original screen now that works ok, but that is not a preferred long term solution.
Plan C: I suspect simply purchasing a different IMAC that is the screen and all in one that could be carried in its original or a custom box may be explored, too. Then this one could be sold on E-bay or what ever for parts. However we would like to put it to the best use we can ourselves, if possible, at a reasonable price.
Any "tried and true" advice from the people that may have gone before us on this unpleasant detour would be appreciated.