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  1. People really need to stop expecting free stuff, especially when it comes to Apple. You might occasionally get something for free, but usually you don't, and when you do it tends to be from people you know, when you're not expecting it, not when you're looking for it and you ask strangers on the internet to give it to you. Also, if you want something for free (or cheap), you don't get to be picky. Do you want a cheap (still probably not free) iBook that might not look good but works, or do you want one in great shape, in a rare, sought-after color? Choose.
  2. I've seen a number of threads here about battery rebuilds, but at risk of repetition, I've started a new thread because I am interested in finding a place to do the job for me, and the existing threads are technical discussions about doing it yourself. Batteries Plus recelled my (NiMH) PowerBook 1400 battery and did a great job, but they will not touch anything lithium. Has anyone used a professional service for this? Either local or the online variety requiring the battery to be sent in is fine. If they do lithium batteries and someone can vouch for them, I am interested. For full disclosure, I am specifically looking to have PowerBook 2400c batteries recelled.
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    PowerBook 2400c

    I have had a nagging desire to get one of these machines for at least a year, and I finally decided to make it happen. The auction got out of hand in the final minutes, but I stayed with it. After a few weeks, I have no regrets. I picked up a 320MHz G3 upgrade card and an SSD+adapter for it while waiting for it to arrive, and one of the first things I did after delivery was install them. Preparation: Internal assembly with original 180MHz CPU and 4GB hard disk mSATA-IDE adapter with SSD loaded Internal assembly with BOOSTER 320 and SSD installed After that I began looking for replacements for the infamous degraded rubber feet and bumpers. The seller had mostly removed the feet, and the display bezel bumpers had only just begun to get sticky, so I had an easy time getting all of the old stuff cleaned off. For the feet I went with some 10mm diameter rubber cabinet bumpers. I had to work to lodge these into the recessions on the case bottom and 9mm or 8mm would have been easier, but I had diffuculty finding smaller ones and I'm not unhappy with the result. For the display bezel bumpers, I got some vinyl wire caps and cut the ends off. A perfect fit! I should have a PRAM battery arriving soon, although I still need to arrange to have the main battery rebuilt. I will get moving on that once I manage to acquire some extras. Finally, here is the machine now (the two screw hole appliques behind the keyboard are staying off until I get the new PRAM battery installed):
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    MDD 2003 vs G5 1.8 single

    When 10.5 was first released, my primary computer was one of these single 1.25GHz G4s. I installed it on a spare disk to test and switched over to it several months later, and I have no memory of 10.4 performing better or 10.5 feeling slower. I continued to use it happily for another four years or so, although I eventually installed a dual-processor card. Given that experience, I don't really think there's much reason to avoid 10.5 unless you're getting very close to the minimum requirements (say, under 1GHz). I have very little experience with Power Mac G5s of any kind, but I remember hearing a number of anecdotes from the time about the first G5s, especially the low-end ones, tending to feel less snappy than the last and best G4s at everyday use, even if they were better at specific "pro" tasks. I forget most of the details by now. Either way I doubt you'll notice a massive difference between the two. I'm partial to the G4 because I lived on one for a long time, but I'm not sure what you intend to do with it. If you want to, the G4 could be expanded a fair way (dual CPUs, USB 2.0, SATA, etc.) for not much money, all of which I did over time. I am not familiar with what kind of worthwhile expansions exist for a single 1.8GHz G5, but it looks like adding a second CPU is not possible, which makes it less interesting in my opinion. I don't recall the G5 being such a significant improvement over the G4 that a single G5 at 1.8GHz offers anything over a pair of G4s at the same clock or even at 1.42 or 1.25GHz. EDIT: I just took a casual glance at eBay and observed that dual 1.25GHz CPU cards for this machine are very cheap now. If you're patient you may even find better ones.
  5. That's fair. I was never really a PC person so it doesn't feel inherently more straightforward to me, but its simplicity does make it very sturdy. Each design has its advantages. While it's nice that the 840AV doesn't require removing any major components other than the cover to get to the logic board, the aged plastic and those awful snagging metal tabs on the floor are annoying. So far I have lost a couple of the thin NuBus slot tabs and way too many of the hooks that drive bezels attach to the front case with. I've bought a few replacements, but eventually they became unavailable, and my CD bezel is now glued on.
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    iMac G4 700MHz - 10.4 or 10.5?

    One point people are trying to make here isn't just that it will be slow, but that it will likely either be unreliable or not work at all unless you are very strategic about which sites you visit. That's not out of the question; I keep Classilla on my OS 9 machines and occasionally use them to browse contemporary reference websites, but when I do I expect it to fall over at any moment if I follow a bad link and it gets redirected to a modern site. Aiming for YouTube won't be a good time. I hope this doesn't mean you are one of the religious types who hates x86 for sentimental reasons? Your signature implies that you already have one.
  7. My 68K Mac of choice is an 840AV - not because I sought one out, but because somebody gave me one and it nudged everything else out of the way for obvious reasons. There is good and bad to be said about the case. Yes, you have to remove the logic board to install memory or replace the battery, but there is an upside in that the logic board is very easy to remove. All of the connectors (except for the 840AV's composite video jacks) are lined up on the top edge with the cables kept in place by the chassis, so they are easy to unplug, and after that you just have to remove the power button and one screw to slide it out. Compare many other period machines or even modern PCs, where removing the logic board requires hunting down cables all over the place if not gutting most of the case. I see many mentions of the Quadra 650 (which I also have) as a friendlier alternative, but it is not without its own faults. To access the logic board, you have to remove the drive cage and the power supply. Getting the power supply back into place properly after doing this can be touchy, and if you have a CD drive installed, plugging the drive data and power cables back in can be a challenge because they are under the drives themselves, and not all of the cables are long enough to be plugged in with the drive cage out of the way (without a CD drive installed, there is enough space between the drives and the power supply to reach in and plug them in with the cage in place). The cage itself is made of cut steel and requires the usual PC case caution to avoid drawing blood. That being said, the issues with brittle plastic are all completely true, and I share Gorgonops' disdain for "the little tabs along the bottom of the case" that very easily snag the cover as you slide it on and off. All of that plastic makes the insides friendlier to fingers, but it also makes the machine very delicate, which is why I take the 650 on the road and leave the 840AV at home. I don't feel like the 650 is all that easier to work on, but it is vastly more durable because it is mostly made of metal.
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    iMac G4 700MHz - 10.4 or 10.5?

    I looks like nobody else has directly, so I need to ask: are you viewing this machine as a hobby, or as a modern productive computer? Considering the hardware lineup listed in your signature and your mention of recently switching from an iPhone 2 to a 3GS, I'm beginning to suspect the latter. If that is the case, you're going to have a bad time regardless of what you run on it. Some people hate hearing this, but the machine is 15 years old. It is too old for some of the things you are asking of it. That doesn't mean you can't put it to good use; music and word processing are reasonable tasks for it, or something like the film scanning mentioned in a recent post. YouTube, however, is not, and the laundry list of security concerns involved in using this machine for the web has already been mentioned. Using any PowerPC as a daily driver is a bad idea, unless you're running Linux or BSD or you don't use the Internet. Just out of curiosity, what do you typically do on a computer, and what is your rationale for this particular hardware lineup? As for the OS, I would run OS 9, because it would actually be good at running OS 9 (and it can do the music and word processing). If OS X is a requirement, I would probably try 10.5 first out of curiosity, because I never liked earlier versions, but 10.4 is going to be objectively better. There are reasons why Apple's system requirements are what they are. As for the performance of PowerPC on OS X beyond the scope of this specific iMac, I thought 10.5 ran well, but I was running it on a dual 1.42GHz G4 system with 2GB RAM. I also retired it five years ago, so I might feel differently now if I pushed it, although I also know better than to throw something at it that will make it look bad. I may turn it on soon to rip some DVDs.
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    Power Mac G3 Score!

    I went to Weird Stuff last year when I was in the area and did not see many interesting machines (at least not in the area open to customers), but I did load up on cables and adapters for old Macs, and bought some software. It was fun to look around.
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    What Powerbook should I get?

    The 1400 is usually very easy to live with for a relatively low price, if you specifically desire gray/six-color logo PowerBooks like I do. If you don't care, you could always go for a G3 or higher I guess. Although... shameless 2400 plug. You can often get them for about $90 if you're patient.
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    Powerbook 1400 Jackpot

    The RAM is around, but the CPU cards not so much. I got a 333MHz Crescendo last year (standalone) and have seen few since.
  12. I seriously doubt it. The 2400c has an unusually small key pitch, and I'm not aware of any ThinkPads (or much else) that match it. Even with matching pitch, chances of them actually being swappable, and looking right once installed, are slim to none. If you want third-party keyboards, though, a number of them were made for the 2400c.
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    Any OS 9 USB dongles for wireless G?

    I thought there was no WPA at all for Mac OS 9, regardless of your hardware, because none of the wireless software supports it. Not that I don't also want it.
  14. I literally just got the extra batteries I was waiting for before I pursued this, so I am about to try myself. We'll see what happens. EDIT: I just placed an order to recell a PowerBook 2400 battery with batteryrefill.com; I was quoted $57 + $10 shipping. I will provide more updates as things progress. Hopefully this is the solution I'm looking for.
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    PowerBook 2400c

    I paid ¥22,500 for mine on Yahoo Auctions (in the box with driver disk and all manuals). I rarely see them for sale standalone, although whole machines with G3 cards installed are not too uncommon. 240MHz cards are cheaper and perhaps more readily available, but the 320MHz card is much better and far from impossible to find. You may get lucky and find a 400MHz card, but I have only seen one for sale since I began looking, and they will be expensive. I do not think many people bought the 400MHz cards new due to cost and its relatively late appearance on the market, and some of the fan sites I have read say 320MHz is a better balance because of heat output, but I have not seen confirmation of that and it could just be speculation, or somebody who couldn't afford a 400MHz card consoling themselves. Speaking of heat, 2400 fan pages from the time period also consistently say that Newer Technology's 240MHz card runs hot and that the Interwave Booster cards are better (and the only ones to go over 240MHz as far as I know).
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    Use PowerPC for a week?

    I was actually saying that I'm interested in the general idea for Mac OS 9 (but not for OS X). While I would probably not do a formalized "challenge," I am casually experimenting with which tasks can be reasonably accomplished on a Mac OS 9 machine and which can't. People whose primary computing language uses the Roman alphabet can get away with offloading some of the more difficult to a shell server and using MacSSH. For non-Roman locales, using a legacy character encoding works for localized messages, but UTF-8 filenames cannot be easily read. MacSSH is open-source, though, so that could change!
  17. I understand that most places won't touch it, but it looks like a few will (for a price, which is fine considering there are no alternatives unless you want to make a project out of the battery itself, and I don't). Once I get > 1 battery on hand, I will try sending one to the people at batteryrefill.com and report my results.
  18. It was $95 total, which seems reasonable to me considering that the cells alone cost half that much, and it's a tedious job. They had to use glue to get the battery to stay together after recelling, but it looks good. It makes me wonder how many times I can get away with repeating the process on the same battery, but I'm also aware that the things are sealed at the factory with welds, and there is really no other way unless you want to resort to tape, which I would rather avoid. This is probably inevitable, and my hope is to eventually acquire enough batteries that if one job goes wrong, it won't be the end of the world. I've read a few 2400c fan sites (of which there are many) discussing home battery rebuilds, and mentioning long-gone companies that did them, so I know it's not completely out of the question, but the most obvious choices for a professional rebuild seem to want to stay away from lithium.
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    Use PowerPC for a week?

    For reasons already mentioned by Cory5412, I have difficulty considering machines running older versions of Mac OS X to be "retro" anything, and I don't find the idea of using it to be particularly challenging or interesting, but I have been putting some thought lately into what is and isn't possible (or reasonable) in Mac OS 9 today. If MacSSH had UTF-8 translation, I could probably take that particular "challenge" without too much frustration.
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    Mac OS 7.6 on PowerBook 1400cs/166?

    At the risk of stating the obvious, have you tried taking apart the display assembly, repositioning the cable, and putting it back together? The 1400, including the display assembly, is extremely simple to take apart. As for the OS thing, my 1400 runs Japanese 7.6.1 and has had a 166MHz model's logic board in it although it does not currently. EveryMac seems to have a few minor details about the 1400 wrong on their pages; for example, the 1400c(s)/133 page states that it has a 56MB RAM ceiling unlike the 64MB ceiling in the 117 and 166, but mine is a 133 and I have 64MB in it.