look what I got for free

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by tagy, Oct 8, 2005.

  1. macrumors regular

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    got given a 15" Ti book, from my dads work, it had been dropped (alot). Hinges completly broken, screen is only attached by the wiring.

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    At first the screen did not light up, reconected some wires at the back ( yes this is temporary ;) ) and it came to life :)

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    very scratched, alot worse than this photo looks, few bumps and bends in the sides aswell

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    dada!

    the specs :D :p 1Ghz G4, 768MB ram, 60GB HD, superdrive, airport.

    just using it proped up in one place as a desktop, until I can hopefully get some hinges, or a complete casing.
     
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    Fantastic score!

    You just have to wonder about people who can so abuse a PowerBook like that though. Still, their loss is your gain.
     
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    wow, those specs are better than my rev b, 12" al PB! Once you fix that up a little you will have a great, free laptop there. :cool:
     
  4. macrumors 68000

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    Summat you may be able to do is make a G5 iMac type thing, and fold the main part round, and use an external KB and Mouse. Just imagine... a Titanium iMac Thing :p
     
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    Chundles

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    You could plug a screen into the monitor port and use it as a headless powerbook.
     
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    Jay42

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    Or order some hinge replacements. Depends on how much effort you're willing to put in/if you need a laptop.
     
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    going to try and restore it to a proper laptop again I think, the screen is lovely, I only have a horrible blurry crt monitor otherwise.

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    oooo... looks like a fun project! :)
     
  9. macrumors Core

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    check out www.pbfixit.com they should have some guides and parts for you as well. good luck with the project and that is an awesome thing to get for free. let us know how it turns out in the end.
     
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    Funny how that old old Powerbook has similar specs to a modern Mac Mini, and is probably smaller.

    Oh wait, that's not funny. That's sad. :eek:

    Anyway, great gift if you fix it up. Otherwise it's just garbage. ;) It's much cheaper than buying a Mini, and you're pretty much getting the same thing for free.
    And go to one of the good fix-it sites available. They're usually quite good at fixing/replacing hinges and such, although it depends on how much money you're willing to spend to do so.
     
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    XIII

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    Yup. Completely useless. Theres no use for it. Clearly a write off...

    You can just send it to me to dispose of it. :)
     
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    better specs than my mac mini, besides the processor(1.25 GHZ) :( :( :(. I'm crying right now. The only computers I can find at my dads work are PCs.
     
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    Oooh, you sound just like me. :):)

    and nice! Free 15" PBs are the best...

    I remember when I was a young girl, I got a free PowerBook.
    Now that I'm older, I look back on that day and laugh quietly to myself... what a day!



    I hope that post made me sound old. That's what I was going for. I wanted to sound like I was about 80 describing "the good ol' days"
     
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    wdlove

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    I wish you all the best tagy. It would seem that you have an awesome opportunity before you, good luck.
     
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    dubbz

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    Nice :D Wish I'd gotten my PB for free, even if it was in that condition.

    But what's that thingy in the second picture? I didn't see it in the first.. Or did I? :confused:

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    Those are wings sprouting from the PowerBook, ready to take that thing to laptop heaven.
     
  17. macrumors G3

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    one of those twisty cap thingiees
    yea

    but made of tape

    yess
     
  18. macrumors 68020

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    Thats the funniest thing I've heard all day! :D
     
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    D'oh, of course.

    I swear it looked different a few hours ago. :eek:
     
  20. macrumors G3

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    Suuuuure! ;)

    /can't see for crap either
     
  21. macrumors regular

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    Awesome.
     
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    XIII

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    That was the style I was going for, of course.... ;)
     
  23. macrumors G3

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    Free things are just so much better than paid for, I'll tell you what!

    I was telling genius bar yesterday, "If I had paid for this PB, I would hate it! I'd install Virtual PC, with XP service pack 1, have no firewall open, and leave it on the internets all day!"

    but since it was free, I take good care of it. :p
     
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    lucky!!!
     
  25. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I fixed the wiring, soldered it back together.

    then I fixed the hinges using metal and glue. I know this is not the neatest job ever, but I was only concerned with being able to use it, and it was the cheapest way I could come up with.

    It now works great, the hinge is nice and tight and holds the screen at any angle. here are some pics:

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