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Video cable hunt, take 3

Follow up to this question: Where can I find a cable that will let me connect my old iBook G4 to a VGA cable? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Jun 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Laptop-to-projector cable headache

I want to connect an iBook G4 to an Optoma PT100 projector - is this possible? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on May 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Crippled iMac. Busted iBook. Tight budget. Do I repair the iBook or buy a netbook?

I'm returning to school and would like to have some sort of portable computer. I have a few options, but an not sure which is best in terms of budget and longer-term investment. [more inside]
posted by bestillme on Aug 11, 2010 - 22 answers

Can you swap one apple power adapter attachment for another older one?

Is it safe to swap the power adapter attachment between an iBook G4 and an intel MacBook? [more inside]
posted by ndicecco on Oct 14, 2009 - 4 answers

weird shipping label

Going through old stuff, I found a box for an old Ibook that had a weird handwritten shipping label from "I.S. 339 School Of Communication Technology." Google says it's a performing arts school in the Bronx. What gives? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Oct 10, 2009 - 3 answers

My computer is having some difficulties.

Is my iBook G4 dying? [more inside]
posted by Brachiosaurus on Apr 2, 2009 - 7 answers

Pimp Mom's clambook!

What free/low-cost/simple kinds of things can be done to the clamshell G3 iBook my mom uses for really basic web stuff to make it function better? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jun 14, 2008 - 9 answers

Is it my iBook battery or something more sinister?

iBook G4 battery is out of juice. Computer won't start up... even when AC adapter is plugged in. Is there something else going on? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen on Jun 10, 2008 - 7 answers

Repairing a whining iBook?

[Ohgodno!Filter] My iBook G4 has for months been making a weird sound when I move it, but today something in the vicinity of the hard-drive has started to make a sharp rhythmic whine/scrape when the laptop is tilted. Is there any hope other than bringing it into the shop? [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Oct 22, 2007 - 15 answers

Other than an iSight, what would you buy?

What USB2/FireWire video camera would you get for an iBook whose owner wants to video chat? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Oct 16, 2007 - 6 answers

Brand New Ibook Battery Won't Charge

My new off-brand battery for my ibook G4 won't charge past 49%. Help! [more inside]
posted by ilyanassa on Sep 27, 2007 - 5 answers

Apologies if it's not kosher to turn the green into one's private Genius Bar.

Is it worthwhile to upgrade the RAM on a six-year-old iBook? [more inside]
posted by donpedro on Aug 9, 2007 - 16 answers

iphone and old ibook: work or no

Can I use my iBook with an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by valkane on Jul 31, 2007 - 4 answers

How can I fix my wireless connection?

Why has my wireless connection gone wonky? And how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by Len on Jun 25, 2007 - 5 answers

Why won't my G3 boot?

My G3/700mhz (DualUSB) iBook is not booting in a strange way: I definitely need a hint on this one. Lots and lots [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 on May 25, 2007 - 4 answers

mac virus?

how did my mac get a virus??? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Apr 25, 2007 - 32 answers

How to remove broken power adapter stem from inside laptop?

The tip (inside stem) of my power adapter broke off in my wife's computer (White iBook G4). Thus, its unable to recharge. How do I get it out? What are these parts called so I can look it up at an appropriate place? [more inside]
posted by GPF on Apr 24, 2007 - 16 answers

Slow iBook

Why is Mac OS 10.4.9 so slow on my iBook G4? I've tried everything I can think of and am going crazy. [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Apr 5, 2007 - 16 answers

does apple's warranty cover this?

does apple's 1-year warranty cover damage caused by static electricity? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Mar 18, 2007 - 6 answers

Cracked iBook hinge covered under warranty?

One of my G4 iBook's hinges has a crack and it's spreading. Should I be worried? Is there likely to be any hassle getting it fixed under warranty? [more inside]
posted by mce on Dec 11, 2006 - 3 answers

How to fix my iBook trackpad after water seeped in?

iBook trackpad problems: after cleaning with a barely damp cloth, my trackpad is all jumpy. Reboots and trying to "massage" the trackpad haven't helped. Any other home remedies for this? [more inside]
posted by jbb7 on Nov 5, 2006 - 4 answers

Firewire and USB trouble on an iBook G4

Lately, my iBook G4 (I use Toast Titanium, 6 and 7) has trouble recognizing my external FireWire hard drive. Today, the external DVD burner (USB) has disappeared -- the iBook just doesn't recognize it anymore. Is my logic board f*cked, again? And if it is, does it make economic sense to fix it on such an old machine, or should I just upgrade? Thanks.
posted by matteo on Sep 18, 2006 - 5 answers

Please save my laptop

My iBook G4 is sick, help! [more inside]
posted by saraswati on Aug 31, 2006 - 13 answers

Help for grubby iBook with MacBook disease?

What to do about discoloration issues similar to those grubby MacBooks... on a G4 iBook? [more inside]
posted by Scram on Aug 26, 2006 - 9 answers

Will Leopard like a G3 iBook?

I'm looking at buying an old G3 iBook (900 Mhz), but I've heard some rumblings that Leopard might cut off G3s all together. How likely is it that this would happen with Leopard? How many more releases is it reasonable to assume this Notebook would be supported?
posted by northernsoul on Aug 22, 2006 - 13 answers

Apple iBook G4 Battery Problem?

My iBook G4 has lately been winking out, for no apparent reason, as I'm in the middle of something (I have to reset the date each time, among other things). The weird thing is that it only seems to happen when I'm on battery power. When I press the little button on the bottom, it seems to indicate full power. However, I was noticing a month or so ago I was getting weird battery warnings -- saying it was almost out of power, when it said there was 41% power remaining, etc. Has anyone had this problem, and might a new battery somehow be the solution?
posted by jgballard on Aug 17, 2006 - 5 answers

It just works, right?

Data recovery in target disk mode: what are the pitfalls? [more inside]
posted by mds35 on Jul 30, 2006 - 8 answers

iBook G4: from computer to doorstop

From iBook to MacBook. [more inside]
posted by matteo on Jul 24, 2006 - 6 answers

iBook May I

Read/write permissions on an iBook. [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity on Jul 19, 2006 - 10 answers

Looking to buy a MacBook, but...

Looking to buy a MacBook. Wanting to make sure it's ready for primetime. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Jul 7, 2006 - 42 answers

Help me help my iBook, please

My iBook has started freezing on me. When I start it up, it starts making a buzzing, whirring sound from under the left of the trackpad, then won't do anything else. I'm thinking it's some sort of a fan problem or HD-related issue, but I'm at a loss, and very frustrated. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by macdara on May 17, 2006 - 10 answers

cracked LCD, new computer?

My iBook's LCD cracked. I am a poor college student. What is my next step computer-wise? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on May 7, 2006 - 15 answers

Help Me Pick Out A Clamshell

I'd like my gateway mac to be a 'clamshell' G3 ibook. Is this a wise decision? [more inside]
posted by willmize on Apr 17, 2006 - 29 answers

Is my iBook hosed?

Possible water spill on the trackpad and button; is my iBook damaged? [more inside]
posted by Emperor Yamamoto's Eggs on Apr 8, 2006 - 6 answers

Water spilled on iBook

Some water (a glass, only about 20% full) got accidentally spilled on my iBook (it was closed, turned off and disconnected). I immediately rinsed it all off, especially the rear panel vent, very carefully. But I am afraid water got in the insides of the iBook. How long do I have to wait until its guts dry up & I can safely try to turn it on, see if it's been damaged? And, if it doesn't work, is it going to be expensive to have it fixed (it's a G4, two years old)?
posted by PenguinBukkake on Mar 25, 2006 - 13 answers

Can I Pull It Off?

I'm toying with the idea of getting a display to use with my 14" iBook (1.33 GHz, 768 MB RAM), mostly to watch movies on (VLC, fullscreen). Ideally, I'd like to do this while using the iBook's screen for other things (internet browsing, word processing, etc) (and on second thought, I may want to run VLC on the 14" screen and do other things on the larger display -- but that's probably irrelevant). [more inside]
posted by rossination on Jan 22, 2006 - 5 answers

iBook G3 and iBook G4... same external case?

I have an old 12" G3 500 iBook. Someone has a 12" G4 800 iBook he's selling because the case where the battery goes in is cracked and the battery won't stay in. I'm wondering if the cases are identical and if I can buy his and slip it into my case. Possible? How would I find out?
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Jan 21, 2006 - 6 answers

Should I invest in a Mac?

I'm a longtime PC user who is considering purchasing a Mac laptop for personal use. I'm relatively unfamiliar with Macs, and need advice! [more inside]
posted by charmston on Dec 27, 2005 - 34 answers

Neither a brain surgeon nor particularly ham-fisted, should I dissassemble my iBook?

The internal hard drive on my G3/600Mhz iBook is not long for this earth. I'm looking for advice from MeFis who have replaced the drive themselves; specifically, if faced with the task again would you say "Hell no!" or rather "Wow, that wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be"? [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Dec 13, 2005 - 17 answers

Can I use an iBook's power adaptor for my PowerBook?

I have a new 12 inch PowerBook with original power adaptor, my girlfriend has a 1 year old iBook with original power adaptor, I also have an old 15 inch 877 MHz "TiBook" PowerBook with an aftermarket power adaptor supposedly built just for that TiBook (at least I was told it would work with that TiBook.) Can we share power adaptors? Or should I only use my new power adaptor with my new PowerBook?
posted by pwb503 on Dec 6, 2005 - 7 answers

Fighting the Good Fight

Help me make Apple replace my adapter. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Nov 27, 2005 - 14 answers

Mac newbie here.

I'm a brand spanking new Mac user, where do I start? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Nov 23, 2005 - 45 answers

make ibook g4 work with studio display monitor?

is it possible to make an ibook g4 (vga out) work with an apple studio display monitor (adc)? i hope so. [more inside]
posted by viscountslim on Nov 16, 2005 - 9 answers

Qosmio: worth the cash?

Is a Toshiba Qosmio Laptop F20-136 worth the money? [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse on Nov 15, 2005 - 7 answers

Tiger's QuickTime Misperforming on an iBook G3?

Ever since upgrading to QuickTime 7 and Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger), I've noticed that apparently what I think is the H.264 and H.267 codecs play very choppily on my machine. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Nov 2, 2005 - 11 answers

Do I dare to buy an iBook?

I'm planning to buy an iBook within the next 6 months -- hopefully before the end of the year. Should I incorporate the upcoming switch to Intel processors into my purchasing plans? Is it time to hurry up or wait? [more inside]
posted by junkbox on Oct 12, 2005 - 8 answers

Trouble installing Airport Extreme card

I install my new AirportExtreme card, but then my computer won't turn on. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Oct 11, 2005 - 7 answers

Used iBook source?

MacFilter: What is the best online source to purchase used iBooks at reasonable rates? [more inside]
posted by mikel on Sep 20, 2005 - 10 answers

How to stop iBook loud buzzing noise?

My iBook makes a loud buzzing noise, and I'm going to lose my mind if I don't figure out how to make it stop. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Aug 26, 2005 - 10 answers

Quickly flashing iBook sleep light: wtf?

What does is mean when my G3 white iBook's sleep light flashes very quickly when I am either booting up or trying to shut down? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Jul 31, 2005 - 5 answers

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