iBook G4 - Replace Barrel Connector with Magsafe?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by digitalpencil, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. digitalpencil macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    Does anyone know if the internal connector on a Barrel DC-in board and a Magsafe DC in-board is the same connector?

    I realize this seems like an inane question but my sister (due to her complete ineptitude) keeps snapping the cables and connectors on her iBook G4 so rather than get her *another* adapter, i'm thinking of just filling the hole closed, sawing out a magsafe connector and replacing the DC in-board.
    It probably seems like a daft idea but after the 5th adapter and second DC-in, i've realized she isn't going to learn to stop stepping on cables, bending pins, crushing barrels, straining molded connections etc. etc. :rolleyes:

    This just seems like a more long-term solution..
  2. rowsdower macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2009
    I don't know about the iBook, but I once accidentally ordered the earlier model DC-in board for my PowerBook and it was enough different physically that it didn't quite fit in its place. The PowerBook has both DC-in and sound on the same board. If that is the case in the iBook you may have driver issues since there may not be PPC drivers for whatever sound card is on those boards.
  3. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    Probably not going to work.

    Poke around ifixit.com, there you might be able to find some shots of the Logic boards, and see how different the areas are.
  4. core2duo macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2009
    Connectors are totally different, and may carry different voltages as well. Probably not a good idea.
  5. otterpop macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2004
    since my wife broke her ibook last night, i have been considering trying to manufacture a barrel insert that would essentially be the male end of the barrel type connector, leading to a magsafe terminal w/ of course, the proper resistors in order to tone down the power. How easy could this be acheived? not sure yet. Ideally, it would stick out no more than 1/2 an inch from the side of the ibook.

    If apple wanted, they could crank the part out without an issue, i'm sure. But they won't, because they want us to throw away our ibooks and buy new macbooks.
  6. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    Apple won't custom make a low volume, near-rigged part for a small fraction of the population in order to FORCE upgrading...

    I don't think so.

    In your case, it'll be cheaper/easier just to buy a replacement power adapter, even used (iFixit) or a 3rd party brand.
  7. lostime macrumors regular

    May 19, 2009
    as long as the voltages are the same or close and you are comfortable with a soldering iron this wouldn't be that hard. Either that or you could come up with some sort of an adapter to go from the round connector to the magsafe connector. Either way it could be done.

    Or you could go home-made.

    Check out instructables.com and hackaday.com for ideas.

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