Value Of This Clamshell iBook?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Noisemaker, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. Noisemaker Guest

    Mar 13, 2009
    I found a Clamshell iBook for sale/trade, and I'm wondering what kind of value it would have. I don't have the full specs on it yet - the seller is going to send them with pictures later tonight.

    The issues with it are;
    Non-working touchpad (would this be fixable?)
    Missing CD-drive cover (I'm guessing this means the plastic bit on the side..)
    Missing blue plastic apple logo (not sure where?)
    Needs a new AC adapter (will my adapter for my Vaio notebook work?)

    The good;

    Battery still holds 2.5-3 hour charge
    has OSX 10.4
    Comes with airport card
    Screen is in perfect condition
    Works well
    Good condition aside from what's listed above

    What kind of value would this have, and can the issues be fixed? I've been wanting something with OSX for web browsing and such, as well as to get a better feel for OSX.

    What would be fair to offer? Is it even worth it?
  2. Apple iKid macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2009
    It doesnt sound like it would be worth very much to me, but I could be totally wrong.

    Especially with a broken touchpad.

    It may be more trouble than its worth? :confused:
  3. Noisemaker thread starter Guest

    Mar 13, 2009
    That's what I was afraid of. Can those touchpads be fixed, or would it be more trouble than it's worth?
  4. Apple iKid macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2009
    It could be caused by one of the things listed on this site

    But if it is indeed broken, then it will probably cost a lot to have it fixed.
  5. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    For such a — let's face it — pretty old machine, parts are going to be difficult to source at reasonable availabilty and cost… You're not just talking a basic HD and RAM upgrade.

    There are specialists who sell parts but… it'll cost you.
    If I were you I'd look on eBay or elsewhere for a fully functioning model.
  6. 01jamcon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2006
    I wouldn't have a clue for a fair price, and I'd agree that the touchpad is quite a problem, yes I guess you could use a usb mouse, but you'd still need to buy a new adapter.

    Depending on your budget, I'd suggest looking for a cheap iBook g3/g4. Apparently quite a few g3's had a motherboard issue, so I'd sway towards a g4 if you find it for the right price. Then again, if you really want to get a proper taste for OSX I'd suggest stretching the budget slightly further and finding a used intel macbook, the first versions are now nearly 3 years old, so you might find a good deal, and they will certainly perform much better than any PPC laptop.

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