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When Apple retired the clamshell iBook model in favor of the new and boxy "snow white" iBook last year, I lamented the loss of a champion. While the new iBook was a half-inch thinner, a pound lighter, a smidge faster, and could run at a higher screen resolution (1024x768) that was more suited to OS X's larger eye candy, it lacked a certain usability.

Bill Palmer, BillPalmer.net

Logicboard error only in white iBooks

The iBook Clamshell series was replaced in 2001 by the new white iBook. But soon Apple had to face a growing number of complaints about logicboard failures.

The Expanded iBook Logic Board Repair Extension Program was a worldwide program covering repair or replacement of the logic board in iBook models manufactured between May 2001 and October 2003 that are experiencing specific component failures - it ended in July 2007.

The program was available for certain iBook G3 models (see below for a complete list) with serial numbers in the following range:

UV117XXXXXX to UV342XXXXXX

iBooks with the serial numbers listed above may be referred to as:

  • iBook (16 VRAM)
  • iBook (14.1 LCD 16 VRAM)
  • iBook (Opaque 16 VRAM)
  • iBook (32 VRAM)
  • iBook (14.1 LCD 32 VRAM)
  • iBook (800MHz 32 VRAM)
  • iBook (900MHz 32 VRAM)
  • iBook (14.1 LCD 900MHz 32 VRAM)
  • iBook (Dual USB)
  • iBook (Late 2001)
  • iBook (14.1 LCD)

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The iBook Clamshell series never had any quality issues. If you're looking for a long lasting notebook, choose a Clamshell.

 

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