Help with my Pismo Powerbook

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  1. sickboy_osX macrumors regular

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    Ok, So I need some help, my Hyperactive Cat knocked my computer over earler this afternoon, and now It wont Charge the battery, and when I look at the Power In Port on the back, you can see it is bent, I know it works because it was charging before it tumbled, Does anyone know the easiest way to fix it?


    If you can be of service, email me at sickboy@inconnu.isu.edu
     
  2. rebscb macrumors member

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    I need a little bit more info... (I'm using a pismo too).

    I assume that you're still able to use the powerbook via the power converter and cord: is this true? If so, then current is powering the system, but power does not reach the battery, correct?
     
  3. idkew macrumors 68020

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    same thing happened to a friend who has a pismo (battery not charging, but power being delivered). i think your "battery board" is toast. i do not think there is a thing to do but cough up a couple hundred bucks.

    sorry for that bad news.
     
  4. rebscb macrumors member

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    hold on.... there may be another option (not necessarily a solution).

    If it is the battery housing, you may want to consider purchasing one of the very extended life battery solutions. I saw one of these on one of the accessory sites, but I cannot remember right now which one. I'll do some looking around....
     
  5. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    i have twice had my lombard stop charging. the lil cylinder the power connects to was loose. both times it took my friend at apple all of 10 minutes to open the powerbook tighten the sylinder and close it up.
     
  6. rebscb macrumors member

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    follow up to my last post, if memory serves correct I believe that they can be charged independently of the computer, but not sure....
     
  7. sickboy_osX thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, so for clairifcation>

    1. The Pismo was charging. earler.
    2. The Pismo was Plugged in and charging when it hit the ground
    3. You can see the Power In Port is bent and sekewed the wrong way.

    When I unplug the power and ther batteries ther book shuts off.

    The company I bought it from charges 90 dollars an hour, plus Parts, to fix it, and me living IN Idaho, and the company is in Oregon. And I dont want to ship it back there.

    So I was wondering if anyone knew if there was a fix i could do?

    (I have a BS in Cs and EE) or do i have buy parts, and would it be worth my time to send it back to Oregon?
     
  8. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    so your ibook is living off battery power but you can not charge the batteries is this correct?

    if so it is probably similiar to what has happened to my lombard.

    although i have not fixed it myself i understand it is rather simple once you get the case open. so if you feel comfortable opening the case you may want to take a peak inside and see if you could reconnect the power.
     
  9. rebscb macrumors member

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    do you live near a university? I ask because often times their IT people - to save money - are assigned to fix in house computers (including faculty and for a much reduced fee students).
    they usually have people steeped in both PCs and Macs.

    You may see if they would be willing to work with you on your problem.
     
  10. mymemory macrumors 68020

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    Kill that cat first.

    Secund, send it to get fixed.
     
  11. sickboy_osX thread starter macrumors regular

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    I dont think my fiance would be too happy if I offed her cat.

    I might just open my Powerbook and see what is going on.

    if that doesnt work. I will send it back
     

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