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Apple Hardware (battery/adapter) issue


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#1 ngм

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 09:01 PM

Hello, I have a hardware-related question regarding the Apple Powerbook G4. I've had it sitting in storage for a few years (4, I'd guess). It was in very good condition the last time I used it and I stored it in safe conditions as well (away from heat, dust, everything). I wanted to format the hard drive and install a more recent operating system (was thinking about Ubuntu), when I found that it would not turn on. I left the battery charging for a good 4+ hours, and it gave no response. The notebook still didn't turn on. So I thought, well try it without the battery in, and just plug in the charger. I attempted to power it on, but nothing happened. I'm wondering if it's one of two things, or both: the battery itself is shot; or the adapter is shot. I have a UFO/yo-yo style adapter (Model: M7332 / SR# 1191804177). Should I replace both the battery and charger to be safe, or may the problem be with the internal hardware within the laptop. It's a hard choice, since I'm on a very limited budget. I know the best bet would be to replace the battery and charger, as well as replace any broken parts within the notebook. Apple is.... different. It's unlike a PC, so any problems have to be sent in to Apple. Pity, but there are still other options. Any feedback/recommendations are greatly appreciated.
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Posted 09 October 2011 - 09:14 PM

Also, the serial number of the laptop is: QT12248NL98 and the model number of the laptop is: M5884 (http://support.apple.com/kb/SP114)

Edited by ngм, 09 October 2011 - 09:20 PM.

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 08:15 PM

Did you leave the battery in the computer while in storage?

Have you seen this:
Amazon.com: AC Adapter Charger for Apple M8457LL/A ACG4 Power Book G4/iBook G4 A1036: Electronics

Looks like a good deal on an adapter and battery......free shipping on the battery
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Posted 10 October 2011 - 11:39 PM

Did you leave the battery in the computer while in storage?

Have you seen this:
Amazon.com: AC Adapter Charger for Apple M8457LL/A ACG4 Power Book G4/iBook G4 A1036: Electronics

Looks like a good deal on an adapter and battery......free shipping on the battery


Hey, thanks for responding. No, I took out the battery from the computer when I put it in storage. And yes, I just stumbled on that link a while ago. I'm gonna test the voltage on it first. If voltage is okay, then it's the battery or something inside the laptop. If the voltage is not good, then it's the adapter.
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Posted 11 October 2011 - 08:03 AM

Sounds like a plan...

Then there are the CMOS batteries. Expensive.
Check out one users solution for that. Should make you smile.
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That users comments: Powebook G4 loses CMOS settings AND...: Apple Support Communities
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Posted 17 October 2011 - 12:00 AM

Sounds like a plan...

Then there are the CMOS batteries. Expensive.
Check out one users solution for that. Should make you smile.
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That users comments: Powebook G4 loses CMOS settings AND...: Apple Support Communities


Oh gosh, I didn't even think about the CMOS battery. Haha, I don't think I've ever had to replace one. I'll look into this if the other options don't work. Thanks!
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