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March 21, 2005

The Cost to Replace the Power Input Circuit Board in 12" PowerBook

I talked to the folks at Apple today about repairing my broken 12" PowerBook. I'm not committed to repairing it, but wanted to get a sense of how much it would cost before I made a decision. As I said before, the part can be bought new for $99, and on eBay I'm looking at an auction where the bidding is at $5 for a case that includes the power input circuit board.

The person at Apple was very nice, and more helpful than I expected. Last time I called they wouldn't talk until I had agreed to give them $50 to open up a ticket (refunded if the problem was not mine). After describing the problem I asked if I could just get an estimate based on the assumption that it was the power circuit board that needed replaced. He agreed, I was put on hold for a few minutes and when he came back he said that they would charge a flat rate, which included shipping and replacement of just that part. If there were any other problems it would be more.

The price: $340.95.

At this point, my best option seems to be to move forward with a new laptop. It seems worth a few bucks to get the replacement part off eBay and see if I can get the old PB going again, perhaps as a backup laptop or one to be available to everyone in the office for presentations etc.

Posted by mike at March 21, 2005 2:34 PM