iBook G3 serial number help

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  1. Nukemkb macrumors 6502a

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    If your iBook is on Mac OS X, then click on the Apple in the top left corner>About this Mac>click on 10.x (x being like 10.4.8) until you get Serial Number (serial number here)
     
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    It should also be under the keyboard. The keyboard is removable to expand the RAM and Airport card.
     
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    thanks! I'll give it a "pull" when I shut down. Kinda the manual way 'eh?;)
     
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    It should also be inside the battery compartment.
     
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    All,
    thanks! I worry when software shows no serial number, and I wish to register this iBook with Apple.
     
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    Note that the reason the software doesn't show the serial number is probably because the machine had its logic board replaced. Possibly several times.
     
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    Wow! for real!! yes, this iBook has had its logic board replaced...
     
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    Believe it or not, there's nothing particularly dangerous with doing either of these things while you're plugged in to wall power. :D Unless you are even clumsier than I am! :eek:

    The keyboard is probably easier, since you don't have to turn the computer upside down. It actually talks to the computer via a ribbon at the bottom, so the two clasps at the top are purely mechanical in nature.

    On mine, the serial number sticker is a small sticker with just the alphanumeric number and a barcode, and it's located approximately underneath the F8-F10 keys. You just pull towards you gently (or "down" the keyboard) on the two clasps between the Esc and F1 and between F11 and F12/Eject, and then raise it gently on that side, pivoting where the spacebar is. You'll see it right away. :)
     
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    Also note that if your keyboard is locked down, you'll have to give the plastic screw between the F5 and F6 keys a little turn to unlock it. And yes, I've opened up my keyboard numerous times while my machine was on.

    ***opens keyboard***
    ***closes keyboard***
    ***opens keyboard***
    ***closes keyboard***

    Just don't go poking around under there while it's on...but a glance to see the serial number won't harm anything.
     
  13. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Plastic screw? Oops, sorry, I didn't know about that! Is this just a feature of later iBooks? I just have a Num Lock light between F5 and F6.

    EDIT: I can just see myself having started the "Post yourself computing while your keyboard is up" thread. ;)
     
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    Doesn't surprise me, those white G3s had notoriously flaky logic boards, mine had to be replaced too.
     
  15. Hmm macrumors regular

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    Look carefully at the Num Lock light, though. Does it have a line going through the middle of it?
     
  16. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Snap! It does! Now it's my turn to learn something new every day! :) Thanks! :)
     

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