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  1. I found this article with CAD files to 3d-print a AA battery tray for the MessagePad 2000. I was wondering if anyone had successfully tried this, as I don't have any battery for my Newton and I'd like to be able to use it as a PDA. 3D printing the piece would be much easier than trying to find a real one, and if it works, I don't care too much about the aesthetics (though I'd probably paint it to make it look somewhat believable...)
  2. 99 cent eBay TiBook

    I got this back at the beginning of 2015, but I thought I'd share it here now. I bought a 99 cent 400 MHz PowerBook G4 off eBay that was billed as not working. The pictures weren't very good, but it looked like the hinges weren't cracked, so I bought it hoping that the issue was a dead pram battery. When it arrived, I plugged it in and tried to start it, and as the description said, nothing happened. Before I ripped it apart to unplug the pram battery, I thought to try a power cord I knew was working. And it fired right up! Even better, the case was in really nice shape! The only major thing I replaced was the bottom panel, which was peeling apart. I scavenged an AirPort card and 512 MB of RAM from a broken TiBook I have, along with the keyboard (the original keyboard worked and was in nice shape, it was just dirty and I didn't feel like cleaning it.) There is a small crack under the DVD drive, but it is almost invisible. Other than that, my 99 cent PowerBook is great! I even get ~3 hrs of battery life!
  3. iBook G4 to G3 Clamshell Mod

    I would stay away from Chinese knock-offs completely--they are not worth the risk to you, your computer, or the rest of your property, even if they claim to be UL-certified or equivalent. The UL certification is easy to fake, and knockoff companies often have no qualms about faking it. Counterfeit chargers often don't have proper filtering, and can damage your computer. They also often have unsafe tolerances between low and high voltage lines, increasing the possibility of a short. This article has a teardown of a knockoff iPad charger and compares it to the legit one, and is quite frightening (and the author says that the knockoff he has isn't the worst he's seen!)
  4. Can't Boot into OS 9

    I figured it out. Installing Lubuntu screwed with the OS 9 disk driver, and I had to update it using Disk Setup on the install disk. Thanks for the help though.
  5. I have a Titanium PowerBook G4 that won't boot into Mac OS 9. Classic works fine, but I can't actually boot into it. When I choose the OS 9 system folder in the Startup Disks preference pane in Tiger and reboot, I get the folder with the question mark. To get back to Tiger, I have to use the Startup disk utility on the Tiger install disk. I installed OS 9 from the disk that came to the computer, but it has been upgraded to 9.2.2. I'm suspecting this may be related to my recent installation of Lubuntu PowerPC. If anyone can give suggestions, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
  6. The $60 Intel iMac

    Yeah, I have a 2008 plastic MacBook with a 2.2 ghz Core 2 Duo, and with 4 GB of RAM and an SSD. I dual-booted Lion and Windows 10, and both ran extremely well. It could even do 720p YouTube streaming, which looked fine on the 1280 x 800 screen. I only got a new laptop when the battery started acting up, and I couldn't get an OEM one from Apple, since I'm skeptical of 3rd party ones.
  7. PowerBook duo file transfer

    If the Duo has a terminal app like ZTerm on it and an internal modem, and you have another computer with a mode, you can use these instructions: https://support.apple.com/kb/TA21796?locale=en_US I've used it with my Duo 230. I might have had to change the bit rate to work with the Duo; its been a while. However, its very slow. I'd recommend finding a dock for it.
  8. 1.67 GHZ Flickering Screen

    But are the screens compatible across all the low res models
  9. 1.67 GHZ Flickering Screen

    External output works perfectly! So, the next step is, how do I tell if the LVDS cable is bad, or if the entire screen is bad? Then, once I find out what I need to get, where is the best place to get the part? Are the low-res screens interchangeable? Also, how much would the repair be? The keyboard and trackpad are gross and finicky, but I found replacements at powerbookmedic for a few dollars. I would like to fix this laptop. Although it isn't a hi res model, USB 2 and the scrolling trackpad are both very nice things to have, and for PowerPC programs, the CPU is a beast! Ten-Four fox runs really well on it...
  10. 1.67 GHZ Flickering Screen

    This is what it looks like
  11. 1.67 GHZ Flickering Screen

    Oh really? When I get access to a monitor I'll try one
  12. 1.67 GHZ Flickering Screen

    No, it's not backlight related. The screen stays lit, but is filled with lines and other artifacts.
  13. Hi. I have a 1.67 GHz PowerBook G4 (the low res one) and the screen keeps flickering. I think the graphics card is shot. Can I fix it without replacing the logic board? Can I reflow it?
  14. I have a question about charging my PowerBook. My the connector for the charger for my Titanium PowerBook G4 is very flakey. To charge my PowerBook, I have to twist it into the right orientation and apply slight pressure to one side (very slight, not enough to damage the computer). I don't believe that the laptop is the issue, since I have the same issue with my other G4, and the charger is a random knockoff brand. My question is: can I use the charger for a PowerBook Duo 230 on this laptop? I've compared it to my yoyo-style charger (dead), and the voltages are the same, and the connectors appear to be the same, with the only difference being the G4 adapter supplies 1.875 amps, whereas the Duo charger supplies only about 1.04 amps (I'd have to dig it out for the exact number...). Will I damage anything, or will the only issue be that the laptop charges more slowly? Would this work for a 17" Aluminum PowerBook, too? I'd expect they require a significantly greater amount of power. This working is less important; as I care mostly about the TiBook. Thanks
  15. Powerbook Ti 550

    This may be an unpopular opinion, but I always liked the TiBooks better than the G3s and the later AlBooks. They're just so pretty (Even if they have a million design flaws...)!