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  1. Is it one or both of the retaining clips at the top of the door, the clips at the bottom of the door, or the door itself? It's incredibly unlikely that you'll find a TAM drive door popping up for sale on its own but if its one of the clips that broken and you still have the pieces you might be able to glue everything back together.
  2. I can't speak for how easy or difficult it is to replace but there's a site in the Netherlands that does international shipping that has that part for sale (also the site from which I borrowed that picture ) https://www.xs4trade.net/product_info.php?cPath=1_5_22&products_id=58&osCsid=cnubovgdl1skh4uv2smh6g2j75
  3. Are you talking about the damper mechanism (the piece that smoothly opens the door as opposed to just letting it fly open)?
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    Just thought I would share this with you

    Wow. I mean you have to pay to list something on eBay so that rather salty sounding seller is just throwing cash away. Kind of surprised the auction hasn't been reported yet. https://www.ebay.com/itm/202444577732
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    What mouse can i use for my mac classic

    Borrowing the picture from the Wikipedia article on Apple Mice: It would have come with the second from the left originally but both that and the middle mouse will work fine.
  6. Are you trying to read pressed discs (aka regular retail discs) or burned discs? Many of the older drives have issues with reading burned media, but if yours is having trouble reading both burned and pressed there could be something wrong with the drive itself.
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    Factory 32mb Video Card for G4 Cube

    I used a SATA to IDE bridge in mine to put in an SSD: https://www.microcenter.com/product/317195/sata-to-ide-bridge-board The only downside is that that particular adapter was designed for a 3.5" SATA drive as opposed to a 2.5" SSD so the bracket I got to hold the drive in place doesn't fit. I haven't had any issues yet with the drive just being loose inside though since it's not like I'm picking up my Cube and shaking it like a piggybank.
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    haplain's never-ending quest

    Is it an earlier prototype than the others you've come across? It certainly doesn't look ready for primetime the way things are literally taped, glued, and/or soldered anywhere they'd fit inside the case.
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    Someone should get this!

    They certainly should be, but the NOS ones I picked up last year seem to be doing just fine. Getting several hours out of a charge versus several minutes out of the batteries my iBooks came with is a win in my book.
  10. If I'm not mistaken all the Apple external CD-ROM drives need to be terminated. It certainly wouldn't hurt to change the SCSI ID on the CD-ROM drive though, just to see if that allows you to boot.
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    Someone should get this!

    Congrats! Good to hear that they're all in nice shape. If you haven't already, I'd pick up some NOS iBook batteries. The well is going to run dry on the OEM versions soon I'd guess since the newest iBook is now ~13 years old.
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    Factory 32mb Video Card for G4 Cube

    I've got a Radeon 7500 in my Cube as well and it works great. That being said, I feel like this is one of those situations where it would be silly not to pick up a few more of these. $12.00 BIN with free shipping is probably the cheapest they'll ever be and since it looks like the seller has sold 267 of them you have to wonder just how many they have left. https://www.ebay.com/itm/252074230275
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    Someone should get this!

    The iceBooks certainly had more than their fair share of trouble with motherboards and video cards desoldering themselves but at this point if it was going to fail I'll wager it would have done so already. These certainly don't look as beaten up as school units usually do, since they still appear to have the little rubber stoppers at the top corners of the screen that always seemed to get ripped off like scabs. These being the later opaque white plastic iBooks actually shows how little use these machines saw. If they had heavy use you'd see discoloration on the case plastic on either side of the trackpad. Booting to the OS X password screen doesn't guarantee that everything works, but getting there does mean you've cleared the worst failure points for the machine (no video, dead HD). I haven't noticed the backlights on these being susceptible to the same sort of "need to warm up" period that the Pismos have.
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    Someone should get this!

    If I didn't already have a fair number of iBooks I'd probably jump on this. At some point in the future people are going to be nostalgic about these given how many kids used them in school (like the LCs and Performas before them), it's just a matter of how long until that's the case. Right now they're essentially cheap as free and would make a great first machine for someone getting in to PPC Macs.
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    My quest is at an end

    That's what I was hunting for, that brushed metal texture on the back plate.