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i'm an idiot [Jun. 20th, 2004|10:24 pm]
Geoffrey Spear
[mood |dorkydorky]
[music |Burnt With Water-Skinny Puppy-Mind- The Perpetual Intercours]

so a while ago I opened up my TiBook for no particular reason, and before I put it back together i notced that the little ribbon cable that connects the hard drive to the motherboard was no longer connected. looking at it, it looked like it had been wired directly to the board and had snapped. to make things worse, I soon found out that the firewire port's power is sort of flaky and it can't power an external drive reliably for long enough to install the OS on the drive. So basically, I'd turned my slim little portable machine into something that will only boot if it's hooked up to a plugged in drive (or, I suppose, a battery-powered one, like my ipod--if I wanted to remove a bunch of music to fit a system on it). so I was pretty bummer, and put off for more than a month doing about it, dreading the huge bill for the motherboard replacement i expected it would need.

so today i was googling around, trying to figure out if it could be fixed more cheaply than I thought, and didn't really find any repair information. what I did find, though, was someone selling the ribbon cables, along with a mounting bracket, for $15. It didn't make sense to me; I was sure you couldn't sell the cable because it was hardwired to the board. so anyway, I opened up the machine, and saw that the cable actually just clips onto a connecter on the board with a little socket mounted on the cable that had looked like an IC in the middle of the cable. so I snapped the cable back on and my machine works again pefectly, after being "broken" for like 2 months. God I feel stupid sometimes.