Broken Power Socket on Logic Board
I sent my iBook G4 14inch, 1.42GHz in for repair under insurance. I was told that it was beyond repair despite it operating when taken in. [I had dropped it and the disk drive wouldn't work]. However, I finally bought it back off the Insurance Company and decided to see what was the problem. I found that the power socket had been ripped off the Logic Board and when I bridged the contacts the computer started up with no problem. It's a long story, so won't bore you with all the details, other than to say that the little pads have broken off the LB and I can't solder the socket back on. I can start it up by shorting the contact. My question is; is there an alternative point to which the blue/white cable can be connected [with or without a socket]?
Yes it's the power switch socket located at the upper left on the logic board. It's hard to solder back the socket in place but you can solder the blue and white wires directly to the solder pads where the socket was fixed. Apply a little liquid flux on each pad then, with the solder iron, a small drop of solder on each pad (be careful to not bridge the two pads. Then skin the blue and white wires a bit, with the solder iron apply a little solder to the skinned wires edges and again flux to the solder pads, place the wires one at the time over their good location on the logic board pads (be aware of the cables and pads polarity) then solder them to the pads. I've done it many times with good results. Easy way to salvage a logic board.