Ibook g4 1.2ghz

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  1. RhianB macrumors 6502a

    RhianB

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    I picked up a ibook g4 17” + charger for $20 at a local thrift store. Gambled on the battery - turned out to be a dud, soI have a new one & 1ghz if ram on the way for $22 shipped, so I figure I won’t have too much into it to flip on eBay ($42 USD).

    I still need to clean the KB a bit more but the first cleanup went pretty well. There’s still some faint lines of magic marker (idiot) but I’ll work on those some more to get them out fully. F393BE42-88DE-491B-AEE0-F584215B222F.jpeg
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    You can easily get $50 for it.

    That's how much I paid for my daughter's iBook G4 way back when and it was in good condition then. Right now it needs a nw DC Inverter but I have been unwilling to dedicate the time to cracking that case open and breaking things to fix it.
     
  3. bobesch macrumors 65816

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    I use to clean them with desinfectant based on isopropyl-alcohol. Very helpful to remove dirt and "bio-hazards" :D
    And I'm always astonished how that loud cracking, when opening the case, doesn't leave any damage at all.
    Kind of good quality ...
     
  4. AphoticD macrumors 68000

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    I know how you feel, but the DC board is possibly the easiest repair on the iBooks. Just the bottom plastic cover and EMI shields need to come off and it is right there.

    Go slow and steady with the cracking. I find it’s best to start around the side with the I/O ports and work back toward the display hinge. Use a spudger to prevent case damage and avoid sticking a screwdriver between the soft plastics :)
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    Nice cleanup @RhianB. I scored the 1.33Ghz version of that model last week and it took a bit of a cleanup, but just like yours it came up looking near brand new.

    It’s not a bad machine really and quite capable. It will run OS9 with the MacOs9Lives “Unsupported” release. Just be sure to partition the HDD via Firewire TDM using an OS9 capable Mac (like your QS). This will allow you to choose the “Install Mac OS 9 Drivers” when partitioning.
     
  5. RhianB thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The new battery & ram arrived finally so I finished up the detailed clean, tdm leopard image & all is running well.

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    TDM
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    Detail

    This thing originally had panther & some neat apps (TH pro skater 4, Deimos Rising, Sound Studio & AppleWorks 6) so I added those to my leopard & tiger images prior to wiping it.

    One drag is despite repeated treatments with Iso Alcohol scrubs, bleach pen treatments, there’s still some ghosting from the brainiac who went at this with a marker.
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    If anyone has a technique to remove this last bit, please share. Overall however this ibook cleaned up pretty well.
     
  6. z970mp macrumors 65816

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    Try rubbing alcohol + magic eraser. Worked for me.

    Damn you, Sid Stoc!
     
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  8. RhianB thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    IIRC magic eraser is bleach based cleanser + abrasive melamine sponge so I worry about scratching/buffing the plastic. A polish wouldnt do anything other than make it shiny.

    Still, as it’s in the plastic, I may have no choice other than to use a mild abrasive & abrade/buff it out with the magic eraser, then attempt a polish of some sort. Hmm, guess I’ll give it a shot on a little spot on the bottom.
     
  9. z970mp macrumors 65816

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    I actually have used a magic eraser to clean up an iBook G4 with various marks, and it really has worked out well for me. Got everything out.

    You don't have to if you're paranoid, but...it is an iBook G4...
     
  10. RhianB thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I’ll test it on the bottom first. As Im selling this one, regardless of what it is, my goal is to detail it without doing any damage to the plastics. Whoever buys it I’m sure would appreciate that level of attention. Or not. Either way, that’s how I roll.
     
  11. z970mp macrumors 65816

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    Well, you didn't say you were selling it. Do as you like, man.
     

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