I parted ways with $100 for a PowerBook 180 that came in the mail Saturday. I know it sounds like a lot for an old PowerBook but I wanted the 180b specifically and this one looked pristine. I didn't want a clunker - and I was thankful to not get a clunker. This is my first "retro" Power Book and I've got to say I'm thrilled with it. So much that I'm considering getting rid of my space hungry compact Mac's. It looks fantastic. It still has the back port cover, no scratches, scuffs or chips. The screen is immaculate, the floppy works, even the battery works for about an hour! The hard drive is making a funny sound every so often so I imagine I'll have it open sooner or later to address it. It's a stock 4mb. with 100mb hard drive. It even came with a nifty Apple multi-color case.
For anyone who's got a vintage PowerBook, I'd like some advice.
(1) I've heard there are two capacitors behind the screen that need replacing. Anyone know what they are? Done it before? Like I said, the screen is immaculate. I'd like to keep it looking fresh.
(2) Does it take the standard size PRAM battery? Is it soldered in or does it have a slot?
(3) Hard drive. I know these things are pricey to find in the wild. Anyone used a CF in one?
Thanks for any and all help guys. Much appreciated.