G3 Powerbook

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Matt@GT, Oct 4, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2004
    York, Uk
    I have a old G3 powerbook with i am trying to keep running for my wife, who is really after a 12in ibook, the problem is the battery has given up completely, and every time you unplug it the clock needs resetting. Does this mean the internal battery has gone to?

    I have looked online and replacement batterys seem to be around £120 and have been checking on ebay. Does anyone know of a better option?

    Otherwise i have to let her share my 17in PB (no keen) or buy an ibook...
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2004
    United States
    Buy her the iBook. Why spend money on something that she doesn't want? Use that £120 to upgrade her RAM or something ;).

  3. macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    Not all powerbooks has internal batteries. The new powerbooks and all (?) iBooks hasn't internal batteries, only capacitor that will hold charge for about 30 seconds.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2003
    Denver, CO
    id go for a new iBook. they will last a lot longer than a fix on an old powerbook. im sure in a while there will be another problem and such. with a new iBook you can get applecare and be set!
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2003
    London, Ontario
    The iBook is a much nicer machine than an older powerbook anyday.

    If there is one reason to upgrade its to get rid of the no doubt underpowerd GPU in there and get something that can display OS X well. Also a battery is a good thing to have and if its going to cost you a lot to replace that battery its not worth it.
  6. macrumors 68040


    It sounds like both batteries have died. There is a second battery in the G3 PBs which keeps time, if you take out the KB and the stuff in the slots you will see on the bottom right a little circular battery. This keeps the time and the date. So you can replace this battery, as well as the main battery if its not holding a charge.
    Its hard to say what you should do, if you have the money sell the PB and get a new iBook.

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