Someone gave me their old Powerbook 17 inch G4 with the 1.67ghz cpu/512 megs of ram/100 gig drive. I love this laptop and would love to get it running.
It has intermittent lockups that are not software related. It just seems to hard lock at random times and then on a regular basis, it refused to boot, it just bongs and the screen stays dark. Other times it just runs perfectly normally.
I tried all the typical troubleshooting such as different ram, reset pram, etc. I also opened it up and reseated all the easily accessible ribbon cables.
At this point, I'm betting its a motherboard or other related daughter card.
Is there any place where I can buy replacement motherboards from scrapped laptops (a laptop salvage vendor). I see lots of places where I can buy various windows based laptop parts, but I can't find any Apple based ones.
I prefer to not deal with Apple directly since the motherboard from them is probably going to be more expensive than the laptop is worth.
Any suggestions on parts suppliers or even suggestions on what might be wrong with the laptop?