Right after a battery firmware update and recall, Apple has recently launched their latest remedial effort for the last of their PowerPC G4 brood. This time, it concerns your 15″ PowerBook’s memory slot bay/s.
“The PowerBook G4 (15-inch 1.67/1.5GHz) Memory Slot Repair Extension Program is a worldwide program covering repair or replacement of the memory slot in PowerBook G4 models manufactured between January 2005 and April 2005 (2005-01 through 2005-04) that are experiencing specific component failures. If your PowerBook G4 has a serial number within the eligible range and is experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, it may be eligible for repair, free of charge. Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) will determine eligibility under the program.Repairs will be covered by Apple for up to two years from the original date of purchase even if your computer is out of warranty.“
Most of us purchase our PowerBooks ‘as-is’ and leave the memory upgrading for later. When its ‘more affordable’ but you can test your memory slots now even before you plan to purchase your next stick of memory.
The 15″ PowerBook’s memory slot bay is located at the bottom of its case and can be user removed/installed with the aid of a good set of screwdrivers. Its recommended that you consult your user manual that contains detailed instructions on carrying out this procedure.
All 15″ PowerBooks ship with 2 soldered-on memory slots. If you have only a single stick of memory, then its probably a good idea to remove it and place it in the other slot to confirm that its working fine before the expiry of Apple’s, PowerBook G4 (15-inch 1.67/1.5GHz) Memory Slot Repair Extension Program.