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Hi all,

 

Just wanted to report I upgraded my LCD panel to a 1400x1050 Res screen. It was quite a difficult process involving a hacksaw but in the end I am very happy with the result.

I followed this very detailed guide:

https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/PowerBook+G4+Aluminum+12-Inch+1-1.5+GHz+LCD+panel+upgrade/3117

 

Other mods I've done to my pb12 are: pata to ssd with 64gb drive. Arctic silver thermal paste on CPU, new thermal pads for gpu and lubricated the cooling fan.

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Gonna mirror that this looks great and I imagine it's a huge productivity booster on this machine.

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This is neat!

 

I have spare 12" lid parts, so maybe I can make up a hi res panel out of those so I can leave the original lid alone.

 

c

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15 hours ago, CC_333 said:

This is neat!

 

I have spare 12" lid parts, so maybe I can make up a hi res panel out of those so I can leave the original lid alone.

 

c

Don't worry there is literally no changes or mods to the lid. The only thing you mod is the new LCD. By the way I skipped the part that said to drill new screw holes into the new panel, I didn't need to do it and I thought it was too risky.

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Top work - are there any quirks with running the screen?  For example in the Clamshell XGA mod you have to apply an Open Firmware patch and there are several glitches in booting until you reach the desktop.  I performed the mod on a 366Mhz Clamshell iBook - partly because I had the requisite cable and LCD and nothing else.  It mounted quite well in there but definitely looks like a hack.

 

How much did you pick up the LCD panel for?

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The LCD was quite expensive to be honest. About 100 USD all together after shipping. No issues with compatibility, as it just plugs directly into the same connection as the old display the geforce 5200 just accepts it as it's screen.

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Wow, this looks nice. I have a stack of 12" parts, looks like I will have to keep an eye out for one of those panels.

How is the screen brightness compared to the original? Way better I guess, most of my 12" screens have gotten pretty dim over the years.

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On 1/23/2020 at 6:18 AM, Bolle said:

Wow, this looks nice. I have a stack of 12" parts, looks like I will have to keep an eye out for one of those panels.

How is the screen brightness compared to the original? Way better I guess, most of my 12" screens have gotten pretty dim over the years.

Yeah it is much brighter and the colours are a lot nicer.

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Couple of questions:

1. How did the new thermal pads impact on heat issues? The 12" PowerBook runs hot -- one if its main failings, as far as I'm concerned.

2. How is battery life and GPU heat with the new screen?

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On 1/26/2020 at 10:32 PM, beachycove said:

Couple of questions:

1. How did the new thermal pads impact on heat issues? The 12" PowerBook runs hot -- one if its main failings, as far as I'm concerned.

2. How is battery life and GPU heat with the new screen?

1. Massive improvement, I also put arctic silver 5 on the CPU & oiled the fan. Before I did this the fan was really noisy/grindy and the laptop would randomly shutdown from overheating.

2. I can't really measure this as I don't have a good battery, the one I have barely holds any charge. But I read online that the new screen actually uses less power than the old screen and should extend battery life. Here is the guide I followed when replacing the thermal pads: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/my-powerbook-g4-12-journal-full-tear-down-ssd-upgrade-and-cpu-fan.2059980/

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