so as im sure most of you guys know by now I have been doing a few PowerPC CPU swaps on some Macs i own, now after i had done those I wanted to do a clamshell iBook G3 but i did not own such a machine so i set out to find one to modify after a bit of searching on eBay i came across this listing: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182614056493 now at first it was not at the price you see it at, at first it was at about £60 plus the £8.95 shipping, this was out of my budget especially for a to me at the time unknown condition machine, but i still kept an eye on it and slowly slowly it dropped in price while gaining more and more people watching it, at one point it hit £30+8.95 shipping so i decided to jump on it, i know that theres not much to go wrong with these iBooks so i had a good feeling that it worked fine and even if it did not work i would not lose out on that much in the scheme of things plus i would have a base i could always get a new logic board for. now after a few days it arrived and i promptly unpacked it, as i kind of expected plugging in the charger and pressing the on button it fired right up and booted up into an install of Mac OS 9.0.4 but this is where it gets interesting, i had noticed that the machine was in very nice condition (esp on the inside, palm rest keyboard trackpad etc) and that the Mac OS 9.0.4 install on it was very clean of any user data. and the machines spec was bone stock (just the 64MB of built in ram and 6GB HDD) so I began to dig deeper and much to my surprise I discovered the battery only had 9 cycles on it! now the battery looks original to to me (it is an original Apple brand battery) and if the batteries serial number follows the same rules as mac serial numbers the battery was made 1 week before the machine it self was, this was a very interesting find. so still digging deeper i noted that the hard drive seemed to be original (6GB Toshiba disk, that was known to ship with these systems) so I decided to look up the Power on hours in its smart data and much to my surprise the hard drive has (at the time of writing this post) Only 45H of use! 45!! overall given the very minimal usage the Battery and HDD has had this iBook G3 is practically brand new! overall i am very chuffed with the machine and was deffo a gamble that paid off well, the only issue now is seeing how this thing is practically brand new I dont want to modify it any way (only things iv done atm is add a 512MB ram stick, update to the last boot rom, and install 10.4.11) so im back to square 1 of my original goal of finding an iBook G3 clamshell (non FW) to fit a G4 to... Just figured id document this particular find as its not every day you come across a practically brand new iBook G3 clamshell now as they say pictures or it did not happen: (the outside is a bit scuffed here and there from nearly 17 years of storage... it looks like this machine was made 11th of July 2000 so its going to be 17 years old in a few days and hardly used...) but the inside of the machine is VERY clean the display keyboard trackpad palm rests etc are all nice and clean as one would expect from an unused product i guess (Disk utility is not reporting the drive as failing yet. SMART utility can be a bit trigger happy to label the disk as failing) (pics should be working now ) edit: just noticed this post is my 733(Mhz) post!