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Two-tone Macbook is rock }:)

I agree. I think you (Mars, not Bunsen) should keep it two-tone. It shows that it's unique, that work was done on it.

 

I'm not a fan of the tiled/checkerboard keyboard look. I reckon a black keyboard on a white upper body would look better - or black alpha keys with all the others being white, or vice versa. But that's just me. Whatever floats your boat.

 

I think those are both great ideas as well. The keyboard should be opposite-color from the surround; possibly with alpha keys and numerics/extras different. (Or maybe just the F-keys.)

 

If you're going to have it single-tone, I'd say see if you can actually make it gray. (But that's a lot more work, of course.)

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The tiled idea has been losing points in my book. Yesterday I saw one that one row of keys was white and another was black, IT looked like stairs it was so cool.

I do have a bottle neck, on the Black Keyboard, I am missing the F key, so I have to work around that.

Now, It takes some time getting used to this chiclet keyboard :lol:

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If you're used to a desktop keyboard, yeah, it will be hard. One of my main concerns when buying my MacBook was that I was afraid that the keyboard might be a bit, well, crap. However, I actually really quite like it....its probably the first laptop keyboard I've used that I would put on par with the PowerBook 1400's keyboard (which is by far the best keyboard I've ever used on a lappy)

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The GrayBook is being awesome. Everybody loved it.

Well sleeping takes like 10 seconds to actually sleep any ideas?

Also The sleep light is dead, I have two replace it

and I have two swap the fan, it just makes the most horrible noises, like if it's chopping something. I have two other ones which work better than this one, I guess it got messed up because of the step on. It like clicks at idle, (no it's not the hard drive) and at full speed it sounds like those really old Hard Drives (like the stock ones in the first iMacs)

And I am decided on the Black Bezel and keyboard the keyboard will either be:

Rows: One row black, one white

or

Letters white: All the letter keys will be white while the other keys surrounding will be black.

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Sleeping takes around 10 seconds? Welcome to the world of Intel Mac laptops. It's called Safe Sleep - it's writing the contents of RAM to the disk in case the battery dies or is removed or the power is otherwise cut while it is asleep. If that should happen, next time you start it up, it'll restore the contents to RAM and be right back where you left it. It's rather annoying and I turned it off on my Air :)

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Hey Mars, great job on this - and you really capture the essence of liberation, getting multiple partial or broken machines and making a working one out of them. I love the Black MacBooks (I wish Apple would've made the remaining $999 plastic MacBook black instead of white), and congratulate you on your good work.

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Hey Mars, great job on this - and you really capture the essence of liberation, getting multiple partial or broken machines and making a working one out of them. I love the Black MacBooks (I wish Apple would've made the remaining $999 plastic MacBook black instead of white), and congratulate you on your good work.

Why thanks Comrade! :beige:

So I completed my keyboard now, I did the mod with the letter keys white and everything else black ( I left out the the top function keys, because I broke two keyswitches, and they were so hard to take off and put on, but it looks cool :D)

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:lol: YES, I do! [;)]]'>

 

AWESOME! [;)]]'> Very nicely done, and ditto the comments from our three eyed friend. [:D]]'>

You like it? I have received approval from tinker master supreme :lol: Any suggestions though? Should I make the Space Bar Black?

Yes. And the arrow keys.

Dunno, if it were my hack, it'd skip any modernistic expressionism re: KeyCap coloration and emulate the two-tone keyboards of years gone by. Take a look at the beige/tan and platinum/gray keyboards of yesteryear and duplicate that color division for a "classic" design aesthetic to set off your contemporary 'book's design statement,

 

Retro Rocks! [:D]]'>

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Hey Mars, great job on this - and you really capture the essence of liberation, getting multiple partial or broken machines and making a working one out of them. I love the Black MacBooks (I wish Apple would've made the remaining $999 plastic MacBook black instead of white), and congratulate you on your good work.

Why thanks Comrade! :beige:

. . . I broke two keyswitches, and they were so hard to take off and put on, but it looks cool :D)

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Make a pilgramage to Tekserve and have it fixed! [;)]]'>

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Current Status: Building a New upper screen assembly using the screen from the latter white macbook I received (I do not know if it works by the way) and a black top case and a red apple (using some red present paper :D It looks awesome). My main goal is to hopefully just do a whole assembly swap without any hang ups. I will be using the bezel from the current screen assembly as it is the only one that does not have chipping. I will be replacing the fan and Sleep light (If I can remove it from the carcass of the latter macbook, I broke the ribbon on the first first white macbook I received.)

And I think that would wrap it up for the GrayBook Project!

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OK, so I installed the new fan and sleep light. Both work wonderfully. Seems like the old sleep light was borked even though the IR was recognized in system profiler. The fan is much better than the old one.

As for the new top case, everything is perfect but I did not install it for there is a noticeable (albeit small) scratch on the screen. The Screen I am using now has a few/ pressure marks on it, but they are very faint, the other screen has no pressure marks but a scratch. I am also going to perfect the apple with some red filmy stuff you find at art stores, because the red packing paper look pink when it glows. And I do not want that ::)

I still have one outstanding problem, sleep takes like 10 seconds to actually sleep. It is already out of safe sleep mode, any ideas?

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I am also going to perfect the apple with some red filmy stuff you find at art stores, because the red packing paper look pink when it glows.

 

You are going to have trouble getting a red piece of film paper to show an actual red. Look in Pro lighting stores for a red gel since those are meant for bright light shown through it to produce red. It may cost a touch more but I think it'd be worth it.

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Good idea.

What I was referring to in my previous post is what the film/photography business calls "gels", I don't like to refer them like that because they look like film. ::)

I've asked when on commercial shoots and photoshoots what those were called specifically for trying to get some for my Glowing apple mods. I am going to go to a Michaels (HUGMONGOUS art store) and find some candidates.

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Here's the exact procedure for those who haven't followed the thread or my other two posts about the broken macbooks I got.

One Black Core duo which was stepped on and had a broken screen and hinges which gave me:

Only working Logic board of the Pack (2.0GHZ Core Duo) I paid 140$ for this one

2 512MB sticks (Removed one and added a 1GB Stick, yes I know matched pairs, gonna find another 1GB soon)

Bottom case.

Top lid

Half the keys for the keyboard.

 

The Second MacBook Free:

2.0GHZ Core Duo white gave me with coffee spilled on it

Top case with trackpad, and half of the keys

Bezel

Hinges

Screen

other screws etc.

Fan (The one inside was going clack clack clack)

 

One 2.2GHZ Core 2 Duo which a dog peed on, Free for getting data off of:

DVD-R Drive one that was in it wouldn't eject

Sleep Light, the one that was there originally was borked and did not light, and IR did not work. Now it does

alternative screen with no pressure marks like the one I have now but one noticeable 1/2 inch scratch.

Various screws.

 

I am yet to finish it,

I am still prototyping the new top screen assembly using the Black lid, a red apple, and the screen with a scratch on it, and the bezel from the 2.2GHZ which is really beat up. The current Screen assembly is straight from the 2.0GHZ White unmodified..

 

Thanks for reading the long post

-Mars478

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