A few times over the past week, when using my Powerbook, the screen started flickering whenever the lid was opened to more than 90° from the keyboard. On Thursday afternoon, after it having worked fine all morning, I booted the machine to find that the backlight had finally died.
The machine is way out of warranty (my AppleCare for it ran out a year ago), and it’s getting exceedingly long in the tooth; it’s the original PowerBook G4 titanium, with 512Mb RAM and a 500Mhz G4. Xcode grinds a bit when compiling things, and it can barely run Garageband acceptably. Thus, I decided, this latest occurrence was A Sign.
Now we play the waiting game.