I've got a short/dumb question for any "redneck" hardware hackers/Powerbook experts out there.
Over the weekend in a "one for two" exercise I put together a working Powerbook G4 (Aluminum 15") out of two mangled donor machines (drop victims). It's all good for the most part, other then one thing: Both machines landed face-down and cracked some internal connection between the screen panel and the horizontal bit housing the hinge proper. Thus my Frankenstein creation has a slightly wobbly screen. It's not *bad*, but it's just enough that it'll sometimes make somewhat disconcerting popping noises when moving the computer.
Anyway, I'm thinking of fixing the problem by running a bead of J-B Weld or similar epoxy along the joint between the two pieces. It's a decision I'm sure I'd regret if I ever have to replace the inverter board housed in the hinge, but I can live with that. (I'm basically betting that the electronics will outlive the machine's usefulness, a fair bet given how the G4 is pretty grossly obsolete already.) I guess my two-part question is:
A: I've been looking at the PowerBook Medic's disassembly guide which shows how the hinge bit attaches to the rest of the display and it looks to me like for it to wobble like this it's legitimately broken and there's no point in ripping apart the display housing to try to fix it some "right way". Is that probably a fair assessment?
B: Does this sound like a reasonable plan, in that is it likely that a quantity of epoxy that'd still let me close the lid would be strong enough to hold against the forces of opening and closing it? I don't have much experience with it.