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  1. I am typing this on a 1.33 iBook, but due to a loose joint with the Airport card which caused a KP on startup I have had to disable it and use a USB Ralink wifi adapter. I also had to shim this iBook because unless you pressed hard on the left side next to the trackpad the machine started up with no video (black screen). Probably related to the bad solder around the Airport card. Consequently it might run a little hot and so I'm using G4FanControl http://www.andreafabrizi.it/?g4fancontrol to make the fans come on early. I'm sure yours will be fine, but this is just a heads up ... Cheers Hugh
  2. I've just 'shimmed' a G3 900 iBook with a British 2 pence coin. Surprisingly it seems to have worked and the video is fine for the time being. Unfortunately I didn't realise the CD drive doesn't work, so it's got to come apart again some time. Cheers Hugh
  3. Hmm, difficult to find ... Would this one suit from eBay US - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Apple-PowerBook-G4-A1025-Series-PRAM-CMOS-BIOS-Battery-With-Cable-820-1343-A-/151147143077?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2331125fa5 - seems to be $10 to buy and about $9 to ship to NZ, or this one from France - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pile-Bios-EFI-Rtc-Batterie-CMOS-Apple-PowerBook-G4-Titanium-15-820-1343-A-/261278119601?pt=FR_GH_Informatique_Composants_Alimentation_PC&hash=item3cd563b6b1#shpCntId - they seem to be the only ones available worldwide from eBay. If you get desperate I could buy the UK one for you and send it out. Cheers Hugh
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    Pismo with G4 550mhz Getting a tad warm

    https://xlr8.com/machspeedcontrol-osxandos9combo.aspx is the place for the software, and you need iStat Pro for hard drive temp monitoring - 4.71 is the last free version but I can no longer find it on the net. I have it backed up so I will pm you my email address so I can send it to you ... Cheers Hugh
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    Pismo with G4 550mhz Getting a tad warm

    OK, no problem. These Pismos go very well in Tiger with the G4, but I had to go one step further and experiment, hence the Leopard. As for temp monitoring, I downloaded the XLR8 software from their website - it also boosts the backside cache to increase performance. I can always share it with you if you can't find it. If you have the same app, I dragged 'XLR8 MACh Speed Control' out of Applications/Utilities into the dock - Thermal Monitoring is under the Processor tab. I also have a G3 Pismo which I keep at work (on Tiger), plus a spare in the loft with a broken screen, so parts are not a problem. Cheers, Hugh
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    Pismo with G4 550mhz Getting a tad warm

    Just come across this - I am currently running a Pismo with the G4 550, 1 GB RAM, 100 GB 7200 rpm hard drive as my main laptop. The backside cache has been boosted to 219.7 MHz. I've managed to get Leopard installed and working nearly perfectly, and from memory on the XLR8 MACh Speed Control app rarely see CPU temps above 49 °C or hard drive temps above about 43 °C in iStat Pro. Currently, typing this, I have 44 °C CPU and 38 °C HDD and both my legs are getting quite warm through my jeans. I have the standard heatsink and pipe, and rarely hear the fan kick in. I did clean the old paste off and applied some new silver stuff to the CPU before installing the G4 daughter card. Can you tell me what you were running to make your Pismo hot + over what time period and I'll try to duplicate and report back with temps. Cheers Hugh
  7. Hugh

    Indigo iBook

    Great stuff, I recently scored a Graphite 466 as part of a job lot. Tiger working pretty well on the 80gb hard drive I installed, dual booting with OS 9.2.2. It's probably cost me more than it's worth; I spent £39 on a new battery and about £15 on 512mb RAM, but I love this machine and lately I've been using it more than my Pismo. You'll probably find that PC66 RAM is hard to come by if you need to buy some, but PC133 is cheaper than PC100 and works just fine. Cheers Hugh
  8. I don't know how far you can go with conductive paint; I've only used it to repair bad connections, or a blob of it to bridge gaps when overclocking, but over time the work seems to have held OK. Cheers Hugh
  9. Umm, have heat gun, but my first attempt at it was trying to put a G4 onto a Pismo daughter board, and it ended up a total mess. I find it's easier with minute solder repairs to use conductive paint applied with a pin and under a magnifying glass, that way you can scrape away any excess. It worked when I overclocked the Pismo G3 500 to 550, and I will probably do the same when I get around to trying to overclock the clamshell. Cheers Have an early start tomorrow (06:00) so I'm off to bed - it's 22:20 here, 'night !
  10. Well, I finally got around to looking at the damaged iBook, and it will not always boot as Macdrone says, but holding down hard to the left of the trackpad helps. I started it in Target Disk Mode and cloned the whole system over from my working iBook, then backed up and removed the relevant Airport kexts. A restart put it straight into Open Firmware (?? !!), another resulted in a black screen, and so it seems I have to continue using the heavy hand to get it to boot normally. I have restored wireless connectivity by buying an inexpensive Ralink based USB wifi thingy - seems all good so far as once booted I haven't had one panic, and the screen keeps running and restarts even after sleeps. I reckon a shim in the bottom casing may sort the booting out. Thanks to Macdrone for the assistance ]'> Plus I've finally got the iBook graphite fully working - I stripped it down, resoldered the power connector, put an 80gb 5400rpm drive in, an extra 512mb RAM, a 128 bit airport card and a new battery. Firmware updated through OS 9.2.2. Tiger running nicely, but sloooowwwwwllllyyyy on the internet with TenFourFox. I love it, but I may have to operate again to try get the bus speed up (and consequently the multiplier down), and go for 533mhz. I hear they won't go much higher, but that should make all the difference - like I said before, this one's a keeper. I'm pleased that I managed to fix the missing apple leaf in the lid - I painted in the colour then dripped expoxy resin in until it filled the hole and formed a dome contour - it's not a perfect match but I can do it again once I get hold of the exact colour paint. I have a 1024x768 LCD from the box of spare bits the seller gave me, I'm just searching for the rare cable Apple part #922-5368, then I can upgrade the screen as per http://forums.macnn.com/73/hardware-hacking/305763/clamshell-ibook-questions-lcd-cd-logic/ and http://maclassic.com/wiki/Clamshell_iBook_LCD_Upgrade. Lastly, I also scored a firewire portable DVD drive from the box of bits, and once I matched the right power supply from one of my boxes of bits I have an external DVD burner to play with. The other stuff still awaiting evaluation etc. Cheers Hugh
  11. Thanks again; I've done some more reading, and if it is the airport causing panics, I can disable the kexts responsible as above and use a USB wifi adapter I have spare. However, the seller stated sometimes the iBook won't boot, so it could be more basic stuff like bad RAM. Just have to wait and see I suppose, now I understand why there were so few bidders. Cheers Hugh
  12. Thanks, I was not aware this is so common a problem (I'm typing this on my own iBook 1.33 now), will look at the KP if I can get the thing to boot at all. Can you disable airport from boot disc or open firmware? https://discussions.apple.com/thread/1512347?start=0&tstart=0 seems to think so as long as you don't try and make it persistent, in which case the whole thing is screwed up. Also, a possible fix? http://edpw.wordpress.com/2009/09/18/a-fix-for-ibook-g4-airport-kernel-panics/ Just musing, as I haven't actually got the thing yet ... Cheers, Hugh
  13. ... and today's surprise, an iBook 1.33 complete with kernel panics for £5.50 (just over $. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261251505597?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649 Hopefully will only need a new install, as the hard drive is a complete pig to change. Lucky I've got next week off as there's going to be lots of things to take apart Cheers Hugh
  14. Ahhh, that lot was from the same bloke? He said he has a load of stuff to get rid of; I get the feeling his wife might have something to do with it I quite fancy a Cube but darnt for the same reason - my wife thinks I have Apples hidden all over the house - just as well she doesn't get in the loft much ! Cheers Hugh
  15. Scored this little lot on eBay a couple of days ago - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/231019955736?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649 - a working ibook G3 Clamshell Graphite 466, iBook G3 900 with what sounds like the usual GPU troubles + probably a duff HDD and a G3 Lombard also with a duff hard drive. Also included, an Apple studio display TFT monitor with no PSU and 2 x PowerMac G3 450 with hard drives removed. Plus, logic board and other bits from an iBook G4 (hope they are good for my 1.33 ) Total agreed price - £69 ($105) plus whatever it costs in fuel to drive 100 miles to collect. The seller sounds pretty friendly and has offered me some other bits for free, plus he let on he has 6 x Pismos, 10 x G4 Cubes and 20 x G4 Towers to get rid of, should I want to take extra cash along. The clamshell will probably be a keeper but I'm not sure yet about the other stuff. Will let you know how I get on ... Cheers Hugh
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