PDA

View Full Version : Value Of This Clamshell iBook?




Noisemaker
Mar 31, 2009, 01:35 PM
I found a Clamshell iBook for sale/trade, and I'm wondering what kind of value it would have. I don't have the full specs on it yet - the seller is going to send them with pictures later tonight.

The issues with it are;
Non-working touchpad (would this be fixable?)
Missing CD-drive cover (I'm guessing this means the plastic bit on the side..)
Missing blue plastic apple logo (not sure where?)
Needs a new AC adapter (will my adapter for my Vaio notebook work?)

The good;

Battery still holds 2.5-3 hour charge
has OSX 10.4
Comes with airport card
Screen is in perfect condition
Works well
Good condition aside from what's listed above

What kind of value would this have, and can the issues be fixed? I've been wanting something with OSX for web browsing and such, as well as to get a better feel for OSX.

What would be fair to offer? Is it even worth it?



Apple iKid
Mar 31, 2009, 01:49 PM
It doesnt sound like it would be worth very much to me, but I could be totally wrong.

Especially with a broken touchpad.

It may be more trouble than its worth? :confused:

Noisemaker
Mar 31, 2009, 01:53 PM
It doesnt sound like it would be worth very much to me, but I could be totally wrong.

Especially with a broken touchpad.

It may be more trouble than its worth? :confused:

That's what I was afraid of. Can those touchpads be fixed, or would it be more trouble than it's worth?

Apple iKid
Mar 31, 2009, 01:57 PM
That's what I was afraid of. Can those touchpads be fixed, or would it be more trouble than it's worth?

It could be caused by one of the things listed on this site http://support.apple.com/kb/TA25889?viewlocale=en_US

But if it is indeed broken, then it will probably cost a lot to have it fixed.

arkitect
Mar 31, 2009, 01:58 PM
That's what I was afraid of. Can those touchpads be fixed, or would it be more trouble than it's worth?

For such a — let's face it — pretty old machine, parts are going to be difficult to source at reasonable availabilty and cost… You're not just talking a basic HD and RAM upgrade.

There are specialists who sell parts but… it'll cost you.
:o
If I were you I'd look on eBay or elsewhere for a fully functioning model.

01jamcon
Mar 31, 2009, 02:12 PM
What kind of value would this have, and can the issues be fixed? I've been wanting something with OSX for web browsing and such, as well as to get a better feel for OSX.

What would be fair to offer? Is it even worth it?

I wouldn't have a clue for a fair price, and I'd agree that the touchpad is quite a problem, yes I guess you could use a usb mouse, but you'd still need to buy a new adapter.

Depending on your budget, I'd suggest looking for a cheap iBook g3/g4. Apparently quite a few g3's had a motherboard issue, so I'd sway towards a g4 if you find it for the right price. Then again, if you really want to get a proper taste for OSX I'd suggest stretching the budget slightly further and finding a used intel macbook, the first versions are now nearly 3 years old, so you might find a good deal, and they will certainly perform much better than any PPC laptop.

clyde2801
Mar 31, 2009, 02:37 PM
www.mac2sell.net