Mod PowerBook G4 PRAM battery?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by WalnutSpice, Dec 17, 2015.

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    WalnutSpice

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    So I'm starting to use my PowerBook G4 as my go to instead of my MacBook (White early 2009) but the only factor really keeping me from using it on a day to day is the PRAM battery being dead. It makes the entire thing an inconvenience to use. I looked on ebay for a legit replacement but they all look old and used. Now in the little pouch with the battery in it, It looks like its a standard CMOS battery. Can I just (carefully) remove it doing my best to leave the contact points intact and then shoving a new battery in there? Some tape to put it back together, maybe some copper wire if I mess up the contacts. I just want it to work, don't care if it doesn't look good.
     
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    You can, but if yours is a DLSD, you will have to solder on a Li-Ion pack
     
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    How can I figure that out? I can tell you mine is a late 2005 15' 1.67GHz model (not the high-res version)
     
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    Late '05s are all high-res, which corresponds with several other architectural changes including the DLSD and DDR-2 RAM. The model number on the 15" is A1138, and A1139 on the 17"

    If yours uses DDR RAM, is 1.67ghz, and has a low res screen, it's an early '05.
     
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    Yeah, mine is an early '05. Whoops. so that means it's not a DLSD?
     
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    Yeah it's not a DLSD
     

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