Nine lines on the screen, tra la-la la-la

by Suw on May 5, 2005

This is getting ludicrous now. My laptop has nine lines in sets of 4 (blue/green), 1 (yellow) and 4 (various) bisecting the screen top to bottom, leaving me with a narrow patch in the middle in which to work.
Nine lines on the laptop screen
I have figured out what the problem is – the screen is warped. It fastens fine in the middle, where the latch is, but the two top corners bend slightly upwards. If I put a bit of pressure on them to bring them back to straight, the lines go away. Of course, I don't do this because a broken screen would be worse than one with lines on.
I am seriously worried about how long this PowerBook is going to last, though. I have decided that my next machine will be a 14″ iBook, rather than another PowerBook because the iBooks are so much more robust and I will admit that this machine gets a lot of use. The first thing I do before I get up in the morning is reach down and pick up my laptop so I can check my mail, and the last thing I do before turning off the light at night is to close my laptop and put it away.
Ideas, offers of sponsorship of a new laptop and other miscellaneous helpfulness gratefully accepted. And before you ask, sadly there's not enough in my laptop fund for a new one.

Anonymous May 5, 2005 at 7:50 pm

14″ iBooks don't make sense. They have the same number of pixels as 12″ ones, and the only benefit they provide for all that extra weight and bulk is a slightly bigger battery. Go for the 12″ iBook. It fits so much better in a handbag too.

Anonymous May 5, 2005 at 9:58 pm

Hmm… same number of pixels on a bigger screen… sounds like that'd do my eyes lots of good – less squinting to make out the tiny text. 😉

Anonymous May 6, 2005 at 2:32 am

Are you looking on ebay? My Powerbook is playing up as well (including one line on the screen), so I bought an old but upgraded (more RAM, bigger hard drive) from a Mac dealer in Australia. It was much, much cheaper than a new machine, arrived quickly by Fedex, and has worked perfectly since I got it.

Anonymous May 6, 2005 at 2:36 am

Bah, posting before my first coffee. I bought an iBook, for the same reasons you mention. The Mac dealer runs an ebay shop. At the time, there were 5 or 6 ibooks available in the UK. Including shipping and taxes, my iBook cost me the rough equivalent of 330 UK pounds.

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