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    Andy’s PowerBook Problem

    I've experienced really variable keyboards on my 100-series 'Books, the 180 and parts-165 being rather stiff in particular, but the 145B was excellent. I bought a replacement for the 180 from a recycler which turned out to be almost as good as the 145B's keyboard. I have been fortunate in that...
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    Andy’s PowerBook Problem

    I don't disagree with your thoughts at all - design and appreciation are wholly personal things. For me, I look at the odd little fold-out legs at the back and think 'what were they thinking?!'. The 100-series supports were just perfect, the 500's look like the afterthought of a junior in the...
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    Andy’s PowerBook Problem

    I find it really funny that everyone else likes the 500-series and dislikes the 190/5300. I guess that is good for me, since otherwise I can't imagine a new, still sealed, 500-series would have been offered for just $200 as my 5300cs was! But the 500 series is just plain wrong in terms of...
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    Andy’s PowerBook Problem

    Its been running for an hour or so and doesn't seem at all unhappy, though I'd be an idiot to think I could trust it to boot up again! That said, it appears I did actually switch the keyboard, so isn't at all bad to use. And as bad as the screen condition obviously is, it is pin-sharp in places...
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    Andy’s PowerBook Problem

    OK... for no reason other than @3lectr1cPPC posting about his Thinkpad that resurrected itself, I powered up the 540c I murdered in mysterious circumstances a couple of weeks ago, simply by attempting to switch out the very stiff keyboard with a much nicer one from the parts 520c. After that, it...
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    Andy’s PowerBook Problem

    OMG!!!
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    Andy’s PowerBook Problem

    The $47 520c finally arrived. I find it really frustrating when a seller posts that it has shipped, and then it just sits, with tracking number issued, but not in the carrier's possession for days on end - particularly when I paid immediately after the auction ended. Seems to be getting more...
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    Andy’s PowerBook Problem

    A bit of not-untypical intellectual property theft if I had to put a label on it. The fact it doesn't push totally in to the power socket means it can fall out (I haven't experienced that), but also that it is less likely to rip the connector off the logic board, because any stress on the...
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    Andy’s PowerBook Problem

    For curiosity sake, this is the power supply I bought for the 5300 from 'uspoweradapter.com' ($21 inc shipping). Oddly, this isn't the PSU I bought because they sent another one for some reason, but it looks exactly the same. I use the first one every day on the 5300cs at work, and have no...
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    My 3lectr1cal Conquests!

    They certainly do, but it's great to see a good one!!
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    My 3lectr1cal Conquests!

    Oh my!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love my 17-inch, though it's just plain ordinary by comparison. My only complaint about these models is that to me, the trackpad and button are about half-inch or so too far back. But one of the most iconic designs of the era!!
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    Andy’s PowerBook Problem

    I do like that idea! Not seen many 'c' units, but having (briefly) had a working 540c, I do like the active matrix screen at that resolution. Bizarrely though, these passive matrix panels are not that bad. This one is sharper than my 520c.
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    Andy’s PowerBook Problem

    There was this PowerBook 190cs. It was being sold as 'parts only', but looked in pretty good condition, and I thought it would be good for plastics, since my 190 is sadly not too great in the screen hinge department at the very least. So, at the price, which was less than it would have cost to...
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    Oops...I did it again...

    I feel your pain! I told myself I had enough PowerBooks - in fact more than enough. Too many to use, too many to find places to store away. Yet three more arrive early next week. I would have serious storage space issues if I was as keen on compact Macs instead!
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    Andy’s PowerBook Problem

    I think this will actually grow on me a bit now!
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