Clicking sound on PB 1.67 DLHR 15"

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  1. California macrumors 68040

    California

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    Fixing a friend's Powerbook 15".

    Newish 250gb hard drive.

    Bad battery that somehow prevented it from starting up. Put a good battery in it and it starts up but there is a weird clicking sound when the adapter is plugged in (it's not the adapter, it works fine on my Powerbook) and when it clicks for a few seconds, it then shuts off the adapter and the green ring light goes off. No orange light.

    It boots up okay on a battery. Is this a bad DCin board? The clicking sound and shutting off the adapter is a new one on me.
     
  2. PowerPCMacMan macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, I might take a crack at this one. Sounds like possibly something is rubbing up aganst the DC-IN connector and board? Was the adapter connector bent in any way through someone tripping over it?

    Other than that.. I am stumped as much as you are. I have a 17 inch DLSD PowerBook G4(Typing on it as we speak) and I hear no sounds when I connect my adapter to it.

     
  3. justperry macrumors 604

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    Just look at your Smart status on the HD in Disk Utility, might be the HD.
    There's also Apps to see more on smart status.
    But, I do agree it's kinda weird if it only happens on the Power adapter.
     
  4. rabidz7 macrumors 65816

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    It could be the DCin board.
     
  5. California thread starter macrumors 68040

    California

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    This is what I figured out. It is not charging the battery yet works sporadically and the hard drive is good.
     
  6. PowerPCMacMan macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like something rattling or moving around in or near the DC-IN board.. Also, when you shake the power adapter do you hear anything moving inside?

     
  7. California thread starter macrumors 68040

    California

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    No rattling noise. The clicking nose is at the dc in board and simultaneously at the hard drive...

    The computer boats into Target disc mode fine and I formatted the hard drive from my other powerbook.

    I boots but then freezes and the clicking noise happens. I'm thinking it is the dc ac in board, whatever it is called.
     
  8. skateny macrumors 6502

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    Based on all you've posted about it, and from my own experience, I agree.
     

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