New PB G4 - Two batteries?

digitalrampage

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Jan 5, 2001
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I was at work yesterday installing some ram into a new eMac and I quickly ran the 'Apple Hardware test kit' over it...

Under one of the Panels in the test kit it has a BATTERY section.. marked 'Right' and 'Left'

However, no models of Apple Laptop/dekstop computer have been available with Dual batteries until well after these Test Kits surfaced years ago now.

I suggest you try on your iMac or eMac with test kit 1.2.1 (this is what i used).. Its under the profiler tab on the top right...

Interesting huh.. I doubt this was left in accidently, as the last powerbook that support two batts, (The PISMO) never came with the Test Kits...

- Digi

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Powerbook G3 500 PISMO
384MB, 40GB 5400 RPM HD
OS X.2.1
 

scem0

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Jul 16, 2002
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Maybe it is a chip that takes a whole bunch of power, so they are making up for it by using 2 batteries. A 1.2 GHz tiBook would definitely not have too long of a battery life, unless it had 2 batteries. Good eye.
 

shadowfax0

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May 2, 2002
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...The old PB G3's were able to have 2 batteries, so I guess it was jsut for backwards compatibility. I'd love it if the new ones were able to as well...
 

gopher

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Mar 31, 2002
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You have to remember even Powerbooks have PRAM batteries...could this test be for the PRAM battery in addition to the regular battery?
 

iNeo

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Jul 10, 2002
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Where?

I have a Ti667 and I'm wondering where the seecond battery would go? The internal optical drive is a must. Mabie they would give us two smaller batts with the current capacity so we could swap them on the go. Then again, you really just need to put the computer to sleep to swap them now. :cool:
 

MisterMe

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Jul 17, 2002
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Re: New PB G4 - Two batteries?

Originally posted by digitalrampage
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Under one of the Panels in the test kit it has a BATTERY section.. marked 'Right' and 'Left'

However, no models of Apple Laptop/dekstop computer have been available with Dual batteries until well after these Test Kits surfaced years ago now.

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- Digi
My PowerBook G3 has two bays that can hold batteries, one on the left and the other on the right. Clearly, Apple is not going to write different versions of its test software for every specific model. This software is designed to test a wide array of models, not just those being sold when you woke up this morning.