Finding Parts

HBlaine

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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 http://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:
 

HBlaine

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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
 

MacTech68

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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.
 
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MacTech68

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That's kinda what I'm afraid of...
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.
 
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HBlaine

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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:
 

MacTech68

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OUCH! :eek::eek::eek:

Did you keep a list of the new words you came up with? :D
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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HBlaine

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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.
I can only imagine... ;)

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http://www.wegenermedia.com/indexa.html is one of the best places for old PowerBook parts.
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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