Finding Parts

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  1. HBlaine macrumors newbie

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    I was trying to find some parts to fix a Powerbook Duo. The only place i've found what I'm looking for was on www.thinkpcparts.com. I'm not familiar with them, and am a bit leery of just jumping in without at least some background.

    Has anyone ever dealt with them before? Are they legit? :confused:
     
  2. LimeiBook86 macrumors 604

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    What particular part are you looking for? :)

    I may have a few Duo parts floating around... also the 68k MLA forums have a good trading post, I'm sure someone there may have the part as well. Check them out here: http://68kmla.org/forums/
     
  3. HBlaine thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the tip! I'll give the "Army" a look.

    I'm looking for a couple Duo keyboards. I've got a 2300 and a 230 I'd like to get back up and running. I could just strip the keyboards down and clean them, but I'm being lazy...:D
     
  4. MacTech68, Nov 15, 2011
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    Duo keyboards... probably the worst keyboard for reliability Apple ever produced.

    Cleaning them is possible, but the traces are easily etched away, making repair impossible. A least, that's my experience.

    Good luck finding some. New will be better than used since they're such a common failure, but I imagine that you'll be charged a premium for them.

    EDIT:

    Here's a google search for a US keyboard:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=661-1652+duo&btnG=Search

    Different country keyboards are prefixed with a letter.
     
  5. HBlaine thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I can only find a D prefix keyboard (German) on eBay that says it's new. Oddly, it appears to have light grey keycaps (though I have seen these before).

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/330580210533

    I challenge thinkpcparts to prove theirs is brand new (as stated).

    Most of the others are "refurbished".... pot luck I guess.

    I wish you all the luck. Sincerely :)

    Now that my memory is returning, I recall that the silver traces easily tarnished going a lovely golden to brown colour. The traces are so thin that trying to remove the tarnish removes the trace itself. :eek:

    EDIT: Now that I think more about it, an un-used keyboard could be tarnished as well, although I wonder if the Duo placed a charge on the keyboard when fitted causing them to tarnish.
     
  7. HBlaine thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Stop it! You're scaring me! :eek:

    In all seriousness, I'll case around, see what I can find. Something will pop up, eventually. If not, I may try my hand at a little gentle persuasion to get the Duos working. After all, it's not like I need them workable right now. :rolleyes: I've got a bunch of other PB's to play with. (Gotta do some minor stuff on my 520c for a data transfer project...)

    Thanks for looking around for the keyboard, and for the eBay link. I appreciate it! And I can use all the good luck I can get! :cool:

    :apple::apple::apple:
     
  8. MacTech68 macrumors 68000

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    Imagine how I felt staring at a keyboard membrane sheet with "erased" traces for the first time!

    ;)
     
  9. HBlaine thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OUCH! :eek::eek::eek:

    Did you keep a list of the new words you came up with? :D
     
  10. MacTech68, Nov 16, 2011
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    MacTech68 macrumors 68000

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    LOL. :)

    Nope, but as I recall, there were several unintelligible ones. :D

    The boss came out with some nice ones too. :eek:

    EDIT: this was back when Duos were only a couple of years old and keyboards were hundreds of dollars new.
     
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  12. HBlaine thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I can only imagine... ;)

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    The only thing I've ever seen Wegener carry is post-PB5300, though I could be wrong on that. Maybe I'll give them a buzz...
     

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