Preserving a (collectible) laptop

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by Flyingpig, Feb 11, 2005.

  1. Flyingpig macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2005
    Hi everyone, I was wondering what was the best way to store a laptop so to keep it in excellent condition. I guess that I need to remove the battery, but what else will help as well??

    Should I put it in a vacuumed (no air) bag???

    Thank for your input.
  2. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    which model is it? what makes it so collectable?
  3. Cuckoo macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2003
    The Netherlands - Utrecht

    There is always the issue of the plastic which gets brittle <??> after a few decades. There isn't much you can do against that. Sorry... some things were not made to last
  4. Flyingpig thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2005
    I got a couple of iBooks g3, a 466 lime and a 300 orange, that I really would like to preserve, not for a future resale or whatever pecuniary, but as a good example of what design can offers to different industries. We like them or not (the clamshells) but in my eyes, they are the most daring “design” ever released in the computer industry, and so, I really want to preserve them in all their glory. ;)
  5. DanTekGeek macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2004
    Denver, CO
    there are more than a few factors that can effect degradation.
    first of all, light.
    UV rays are no help to color, and will cause the colors to fade over time.
    The best way is probably to keep it in a temperature controlled, humidity controlled pressure controlled container...but that might be over-kill.
  6. Flyingpig thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2005
    Well, I may consider putting them in my cellar then ;) Just a different kind of vintage a guess :D

    And appart from removing the battery, something else to do??
  7. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Don't forget the lithium battery on the motherboard as well. It will - eventually - leak. After a really long time.
  8. Flyingpig thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2005
    good one that one. Thank.
  9. sjpetry macrumors 65816


    Oct 28, 2004
    Tamarindo, Costa Rica
    How long do you plan to keep it in your "iTime Capsule"? Remember after 1000-2000 years thing will start to turn to dust (and you'll be dead). :p
  10. 5300cs macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2002
    This may sound dumb, but why not put them in the original boxes? (I have a PowerBook 100 that I'd like to keep, but I bought it off auction and it didn't come with it's box.) Most of the recent iBooks & PowerBooks come wrapped in that plastic bag; why not shove, put it back in that bag, then store the box somewhere not too damp or cold?
  11. stevep macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2004
    I wouldn't recommend putting them in any sort of plastic wrapping, especially not foamed or aerated plastic. After a time, the volatile components degrade and can adhere to neighbouring plastics eg your laptop shell.
    Greaseproof paper is a good long-term wrapping (the sort used for cooking). It would also be an idea to charge the battery and run the machine for a day every few months. Remove the main battery for storage, and as others have said don't forget the little motherboard battery - if it leaks it will corrode the tracks on the motherboard.
    Make sure your cellar isn't damp (which it probably will be if you live in the UK!!)

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