"Newish" iBook G4 new to forum w/ battery question

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Mandomex, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Mandomex macrumors newbie

    Mandomex

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    Hello all, new member but been researching on this site for a while.
    I just picked up my second mac, an Ibook g4 800mhz, bought it for $60.00 with a busted HD, upgraded HD to 160g 5400rpm,had an extra 256mb ram chip installed and did a fresh 10.4.11 install.

    Runs internet (on wifi) great with the suggestions from this forum,

    I'm sure the battery is toast, it sits at (calculating)with 0% while plugged in. Even for extended periods, did some searching on board for a while.

    Did a pram and PMU reset, and still same.

    When I first installed tiger a couple days ago it showed battery charging and I got up to 80%, I started up yesterday and boots up pretty fast for a 2003 machine. I pushed the battery button and computer flashed and reset and battery now sits on (calculating) while plugged in.

    coconut battery shows -
    current batt charge
    current batt charge- 0 mah
    max batt charge - 3528mah
    0% bar
    current batt capacity --
    current batt capacity - 3528mah
    orig batt capacity - 4400mah
    80%

    load cycles - 203
    charger plugged in
    battery charging- no

    Like I said, I'm sure the battery is dead, but just looking for a second opinion.
    Thanks.
     
  2. FourCandles macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not quite clear on your Coconut Battery results. you seem to be quoting two sets of data?
     
  3. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

    mrsir2009

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    Batteries are strange things. They will sometimes show random or weird readings that don't really make sence. For example:

    My cellphone is on 4 out of 5 bars of battery left, but when I turn it off and turn it back on again it seems to have charged up to 5 out of 5 bars!

    I'd assume that your battery is dead, but its playing some tricks on you! :p
     
  4. Mandomex thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mandomex

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    It holds no charge , I'm not getting my hopes up for some miracle fix. I'll just have to keep computer plugged in.

    I may try the freezer trick.
     
  5. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    You could perhaps pick up a $30 battery off eBay?
     
  6. LordSeth macrumors newbie

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    +1

    Also, the coconut battery thingie is rubbish on the iBook (imho it's rubbish full-stop). Results on my mid '05 never came even close to real-world values.

    Go for a new(ish) battery and enjoy the mighty quick booting time of Tiger =)
     
  7. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Yes, coconut battery is designed for Intel Makintoshes, so it won't be very accurate on pre-intels.

    To the OP: If your a PPC Mac person you should check out this forum: http://www.classicmac.freeforums.org

    :DGood luck!
     
  8. raysfan81 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah definitely search around on eBay or Amazon you should be able to get one without breaking the bank. :)
     
  9. Mandomex thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mandomex

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    Thanks for the info.
    On the fence between a 1gb ram chip first or a battery, both would be around the same price.

    I need to keep it plugged in to work, so no real hurry on the battery.

    You tube works great for non HD video, with just 348mb ram.

    I'm going to try to link it to my Tivo to watch some recorded stuff, hopefully it wont be to slow.

    Thanks
     
  10. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    A g4 should play back recorded stuff off its harddrive fine ;)
     

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