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  1. hey guys i have a powerbook that was badly damaged by a sibling and the upper screen has become damaged, The bezel and LCD itself are fine but im going to need a new EMI shield and back Cover, i may also need a LCD ribbon cable but i can solder a permanent cable in its place if i cannot find one.
  2. Basically that's it. I got on fixing the hinge of my pretty little PB 540c, that had the display completely detached due to a broken case, and I dare to call it a success. I'd like to share it with you, in case someone finds it interesting. First I tried with epoxy glue, that did the trick for a while, but not much. I also tried bicomponent putty (as google translate says), with no results. I even tried to fix it using cofix, a plastic used to repair scratches in ski and snowboards, that you can melt and shape, but didn't work either. So finally I made some kind of subf
  3. I have a number of early PowerBooks like the 180 which have the same issue and I’m wondering if anyone knows what causes this or how to fix it. The display works fine and when first booted is fine. But then over the period of a few minutes, the corners get darker and this spreads in causing a vignette effect as shown in the photo. It seems very organic so I assume it’s not a problem with the image data. It does not look like a backlight problem.
  4. Hopefully, this would come in handy for anyone curious about the PCMCIA module made for the PowerBook 500 series. I've posted as many pictures from various angles of the board assembly and parts (in case anyone has interest in planning modifications and how much space is inside the module) as I don't intend to open this up very often. If at all. There are three hex screws, one plastic tab, and a sticker holding my Rev C module together. I didn't have a hex bit of the correct size, but a Torx T6 proved a snug fit that allowed me to remove the screws. When I depressed the plastic ta
  5. Hello! At some point around high school (somewhere around '99 or '00), my parents got my nephew and I "new" Powerbook 540c's which at the time gave us intermittent problems, but which I got some use out of nevertheless. After years of neglect, I turned mine on briefly back in 2011 to see what was on it and to retrieve a few things, but otherwise it has basically been sitting around unused for quite awhile. I decided recently to try pulling it out once again but was disappointed to find that, other than a meek squeal, followed by the boot chime, it wasn't loading the system, not even a bl
  6. Hey, all! I've been lurking around here for a while, enjoying all of the acquisition posts and knowledge from the different subgroups of this community. Reading about the stories posted here really got me excited about vintage hardware from one of my favorite tech companies. I wanted to make sure my first post would be on the "Apple" of my eye. I've been hunting for a PowerBook 550c for a few years, and lately, the time has been ripe. I recently acquired one on Yahoo! Auctions, which had the 100Mhz (or 99MHz?) PPC upgrade and 32MB module installed. I also found a PCMCIA Rev C modu
  7. I recently acquired a 'cosmetically good' PowerBook 5300ce that had some issues. I've had a few attempts to work through the symptoms using the Service Source and reading other Forum posts, but am having little success getting it up and running and would ask for any further tips you have (short of recapping etc, but appreciate that might be a cause/something needed). The seller acknowledged it had some issues when booting ('occasionally operational' eBay Link) and as such it either gets to (i) Mac Chimes of Death (4/8 chimes); (ii) Restart - Bomb ("Bus Error"?) or (iii) failing to boot (Hard D
  8. Hello Can i try putting a hard drive from a powerbook 145b to a duo 210?
  9. Hello i just got a 145b off ebay and it wont work. It turns on without battery but the screen is blank and sad mac chimes turn on. There is black and white squares on the screen. I cant see the sad mac so ai dont know the problem. Is it age related can I fix it? Thanks
  10. Quite possibly the last vintage Mac I plan to collect. I've been looking for a boxed 2400c/240 for a little while; it has only become my Holy Grail after I acquired my 550c. So, for me, a significant conquest. Final Bid price: 30,500 yen (272.99 USD current) Shipping/Fees charge: 14,192 yen (127.03 USD current) Auction Linky I found this set on Yahoo! Auctions Japan late February. I also bought an extra set of restore software about the same time, and had them consolidate shipping, so you'll see the software actually shrinkwrapped with the computer box in the
  11. I recently picked up a PowerBook 180c that boots up and seems to work perfectly, with the exception of the floppy drive. It will read the floppies just fine, but the Finder always shows the disk locked icon, regardless of whether the disk is write-protected or not. I took the floppy drive out of the computer and the mechanism appears to be bent in such a way that the left side of the floppy is higher than the right side when it is seated in the drive, which seems to be preventing the write protect micro switch from triggering. I confirmed this by pressing on the left side of the disk when it w
  12. Hello crews, I hope to find someone here who has a working PowerBook/iBook G3/G4 running Mac OS 9.x and who could help me with the hibernation feature in pre-OS X Mac OS. Mac OS 9 does support system hibernation like OS X does ("Safe Sleep"). It seems to work on laptops only - I wasn't able to activate it in my iMac G3 indigo. This feature can be supposedly enabled in the Energie saver control panel. There should be a check box "Preserve memory contents on sleep" in the "Advanced settings" tab. Can someone running Mac OS 8-9 verify if the above mentioned option is p
  13. Hello, i got got this PowerBook 160 from gumtree sold as is - I recapped the power supply and it’s giving a constant 7.8 volts I don’t get a chime only the screen pictured, no HDD spins up - and there are no electrolytics on the main board for me to recap so I’m stumped and have no clue on where to go from here any help would be much appreciated Please includ as much detail as possible ☺️ thankyou, ‘Jarrod
  14. Just ordered a LaCie MO 230 drive, looks like it is for the PowerBook 190/5300. It says 230MB on the label, but I have no idea what it means by that; looks like a floppy drive to me. Anyone know anything about this?
  15. Unearthed my box of old Powerbooks yesterday and tried starting them up. One that did not respond well is a PB180c (the only one I have of that model). Basically, I plug in the AC adapter, wait 30 seconds or so and then press the power button. There's the startup chime, and the screen lights for about half a second, then there's a noise like a relay clicking (2 or 3 clicks) coming from the right rear corner of the base (around where the adapter plugs in). If I try pressing the power button again, nothing. Unplug, plug in, wait 30 seconds, press power, startup chime, click-click(-click), black
  16. Hello again. My 3rd problem of the week so far lol. Now my Powerbook 180c will not boot from any external SCSI device. Whenever I hook a SCSI cable up to it(I have 3 of them), it wants to boot instantly into SCSI disk mode. Is there a way around this so I can reload the OS? I don't remember having this problem years ago. Thanks.
  17. Sorry if this is in the wrong section but I recently pulled out my PB 540 and decided to try fixing some problems. These are the problems its having: -Screen is cut off on lower part unless putting pressure on it. -LCD Cable has been cut a little -Audio doesn't work -Not sure if this is an issue but the screen begins to fade from all edges to black after a while. I uploaded a picture of the LCD needing pressure to actually work, and the hinge cable being cut. I figured since this is the only cable going to the LCD that maybe the connections to the audio had been cut on the ribbon c
  18. Since this is absolutely the place to contemplate this question, I've been thinking about how to make my Wallstreet mobile again. I had a thought: What if you took the innards out of an existing dead battery pack and installed a cheap USB power bank in the case and used it in the slot? Could you run the machine with just the power leads connected, or would it complain if it didn't see anything connected to the charging pins? Would the machine be able to tell the level of charge just from the power output? Basically, does anyone have a schematic for the charging system I can review befo
  19. Hi folks Do any of you have any idea where I can source a replacement pram battery for a 300MHz Wallstreet (PDQ) laptop? or know the spec of the battery so I can make a replacement? Also, do any of you have any tips on opening the main battery, for rebuild? Before I start trying to hack it open, I'm hoping someone has been there before! I've decided to revive my oldest still in one piece laptop, my old PC laptop went pop, so had to get binned. This got me through university, so has a lot of memories. The main battery does take a charge, but only barely. the PRAM battery is shot as fa
  20. While playing on my PB170 I was lamenting the fact that most of the B&W games before 1990 won’t work on it and most newer games dropped B&W support. Then I thought wouldn’t it be nice if you could emulate an SE, Plus, 512 or 128 on these monochrome PowerBooks? Looking at Mini vMac’s site there actually IS a 680x0 port of the emulator available! So maybe this is a real possibility. Has anyone gotten the 68k port to work though? I’ve tried it on my 170 and 180c but on both it makes noise but just displays a solid black screen. Can’t tell if it is actually booting or not. Maybe a wimpy 68
  21. Well, I got it brought back to life. I tracked down a NOS 2000MAh battery for a decent price ($39 shipped, last one in stock!) and I swapped for a 58MB memory card. (so I now have 64MB installed) I am doing this until I can finish surgery on the dead factory battery.... project for another day. The old 500MB drive is making lots of noises... not a good sign. But, no errors yet. So I quickly (as much as can be done) copied the contents of the Mac OS 8.1 boot drive onto the 512MB CF card in a reader/adapter (PCMCIA) and then prepped the new SSD. [NOTE: I'll get System 7.6.1 + updates loa
  22. I might be receiving a duo but I have no dock to do file transfers. any ideas
  23. The campus I work on is busy shutting down buildings to move to new shinier centres (me included). A sad day for some but not for me, I dug through all the various skips that housed dustry treasure and got a load of stuff including a Powerbook 190... Much like the last unit I salvaged from the dump this one has suffered the same fate - a leaky MiMH battery has had its way with the board. The unit does make the happy mac bong on startup but the only thing I get on screen is a vertical yellow line (the backlight does appear to start up). I can hear the HDD spin up but I have no idea how
  24. Hello everyone my PowerBook has what looks like screen ghosting Here are some pics Can anyone confirm that this is screen ghosting or atleast point me in the right direction Regards Challenger
  25. I need a bit of help to fix a powerbook 500 series battery. Battery recondition doesn't work. The computer used to sense the battery, but now it is not usable. However, the battery still gives off some power. I'm thinking of recelling the battery in the future. Anyone got suggestions? (because i'm not paying 200$ for a new battery.)
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