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battery not found after tiger upgrade

I upgraded my wife's powerbook (15" titanium/867Mhz, from 2003) to tiger last week and now it seems when unplugged it doesn't recognize the battery in the status monitor. I've searched google but can't find any fix. [more inside]
posted by mathowie on May 18, 2005 - 2 answers


More Hot Powerbook Action! My Powerbook G4 seems to run especially hot since I got a new battery, a generic-ish 3rd party dealie I bought off eBay. And the power adapter just failed. Could the battery cause these troubles? If so, where should I look for proper battery replacements? [more inside]
posted by weston on May 14, 2005 - 7 answers

I have a 12" G4 Powerbook, the model released last year, and it's hot!

I have a G4 Powerbook 12" the model released last year, and it's hot. I mean, really physically hot! [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on May 14, 2005 - 13 answers

Powerbook heat tolerances or "It burns! It burns!"

My Powerbook (15" G4 1.25 Ghz) is criminally hot. Temperature Monitor reports that my Processor/Controller Bottomside temp. is 140°F, Power Supply Bottomside is 142.2°F, Battery is 95°F, and my Hard Disk is 104°F. The metal bottom of the "laptop" is too hot to touch for more than a moment. Is this reasonable? Is my computer broken? [MI] [more inside]
posted by maniactown on May 12, 2005 - 29 answers

12" Powerbook Battery Info?

My battery acts funny. It always says I have over three hours when it first gets charged. Then after just a few minutes it says much less, like an hour or so. Then within minutes it is off. I have charged it completely and let it drain to completely of which I have been told resets the power manager. Do I need a new battery? If I do, are any of the after market batteries better than the Apple battery? The computer is two and a half years old.
posted by snowjoe on Apr 27, 2005 - 8 answers

Do I need a voltage converter or just a plug adapter

I'm going to be traveling from the US to Italy and Greece. Do I need a voltage converter or just a plug adapter to power my PowerBook and Minolta battery charger? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Apr 14, 2005 - 8 answers

Hardware/software recommendations for MP3 DJing on a powerbook?

I want to use my powerbook's impressive mp3 library to DJ portions/all of my radio show. What hardware/software do I need to make it happen? Specifically, should I use Traktor or something else? What kind of external soundcard do I need? What should I avoid? [more inside]
posted by rfordh on Apr 11, 2005 - 6 answers

Do I Wait For The Powerbook G5?

So when is the Powerbook G5 really coming out? I have been a lifelong PC user, but I want to get a laptop as my next computer and after using several of my friends' Powerbooks I was sold on buying one. However, it seems like there's conflicting information and advice on (a) whether I should buy the revised G4 PB or wait for the G5 (which could have some quirks upon initial release), (b) whether I really need the power of of a G5 in my laptop, and (c) when the hell the thing is even coming out. Please help AppleGurus.
posted by rooftop secrets on Apr 5, 2005 - 17 answers

UPS and OSX?

I have an external firewire drive with like totally important stuff. I've heard that sudden power loss to such a drive could mean catastrophic data loss and global warming and dead children. I therefore have my drive hooked into an older model APC UPS box (maybe this kind). I run OSX on a PowerBook. What are my options w/r/t/ the UPS notifying the PowerBook of power loss and the PowerBook shutting down the drive automatically?
posted by xmutex on Apr 4, 2005 - 5 answers

Are Macs really more reliable than PCs?

I'm looking for a laptop and leaning heavily towards a powerbook. In my research, I have been looking for a comparing the overall reliability of PC versus Mac. Does anyone know of any studies that have been done comparing the two? Personal feedback is also welcome.
posted by renyoj on Apr 1, 2005 - 20 answers

How Do I Empty Powerbook Trash?

My new Powerbook's harddrive is full (93 GB) so I tossed many huge DVD files. Now I can't empty the trash. How do I force it to empty the trash?
posted by Toolshed on Mar 30, 2005 - 8 answers

Reviving a PowerBook battery?

On Good Friday, I came to the sorrowful realisation that the battery in my 12" PowerBook was kaput. How can I make it rise again? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Mar 29, 2005 - 8 answers

Laptop recommendations needed.

Mac vs. PC. Thinkpad vs. Powerbook. Yet another laptop question: recommend me the best laptop as desktop replacement for a web designer. [more inside]
posted by lychee on Feb 22, 2005 - 24 answers

How do I repair worn paint on my PowerBook?

My PowerBook is shocking my delicate forearms. The light silver paint on front edge of the laptop is majorly wearing off. What's a quick and inexpensive way to fix it? [+] [more inside]
posted by ArsncHeart on Feb 4, 2005 - 9 answers

How should I fix this banged up powerbook?

I dropped my PB this morning (truth be told, I slipped down a couple stairs and landed hard), this time really badly. The top aluminum panel has a corner bent (about 2 degrees from about 2 inches in) and the bottom case is so badly bent and warped that I was astounded the machine booted up. More inside... [more inside]
posted by o2b on Jan 31, 2005 - 8 answers

Using a USA bought Apple Powerbook in the UK

Using a US bought Apple Powerbook in the UK (MI+) [more inside]
posted by cantthinkofone on Jan 13, 2005 - 10 answers

Disappearing Cursor on OS X

Disappearing cursor on OS X. Recently my Powerbook's cursor keeps disappearing when I unplug my mouse. It won't reappear (even when I plug the mouse back in) unless I reboot. It's freaking nervewracking. Any ideas?
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Dec 26, 2004 - 12 answers

How do you clean your Mac Powerbook screen?

How do you clean your Mac Powerbook screen? Mine is dusty.
posted by cahlers on Dec 18, 2004 - 13 answers

Why won't my Powerbook G4 battery hold a charge?

My 2.5 year old Powerbook G4's battery seems to have suddenly lost the ability to hold more than a 40 minute charge. What's up with that? What should I do about it?
posted by donkeymon on Dec 13, 2004 - 6 answers

Is there a way to use my G4 Powerbook (1.5Ghz model) as a monitor for my PC?

Is there a way to use my G4 Powerbook (1.5Ghz model) as a monitor for my PC?
posted by ism on Nov 22, 2004 - 9 answers

Thinking of a new laptop. Should I switch to Mac/Apple?

I'm thinking of getting myself a new laptop to play with. Do I want to switch? [Intel More Inside] [more inside]
posted by coriolisdave on Nov 21, 2004 - 9 answers

What glue to use on cracked TiBook?

Some months ago I dropped my Titanium PowerBook, and cracked the case on the lighter-coloured surround of lower case. The damage is only cosmetic, it has continued to work flawlessly since, with some sticky tape over the crack.

The tape is beginning to wear out, however, and instead of re-applying it, I thought of just glueing the crack together. What glue would work?
posted by Mwongozi on Nov 21, 2004 - 11 answers

Powerbook Titanium Keyboard

Powerbook Titanium Keyboard Question: Hitting certain keys on my laptop results in a string of weird symbols and line breaks. Any ideas on what the problem is and what I can do about it? (MI) [more inside]
posted by buddha9090 on Nov 18, 2004 - 3 answers

Can't connect Powerbook to Access Point

My coworker's Apple Powerbook with Airport Extreme can't use the new D-Link DWL-2100AP. We can see the access point, can see that the access point sees and connects to him, but something about the apple's DHCP or networking config won't pull an IP and also won't work when we set everything manually. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Nov 12, 2004 - 7 answers

Can I use the same Bluetooth keyboard on a Windows machine at work and a Mac at home?

I use a Windows XP box at work. I use a Powerbook G4 at home. I'd like to buy the bluetooth Apple Pro keyboard and use it both at home and at work. Is this possible? If so, any specific recommendations for a USB-bluetooth adapter for my work machine? Thanks in advance.
posted by BlueTrain on Nov 9, 2004 - 1 answer

My Powerbook's processor is almost always at 100%. Is this normal?

My Powerbook's processor is almost always at 100%. Is this normal? If I have just my email open and a web browser, it hovers between 80 and 95% pretty much constantly.
posted by dobbs on Nov 4, 2004 - 36 answers

Can I Snap the Four Pins Off My DVI-I Male to Plug It Into My DVI-D Female?

DVI connection types! (who knew there was more than one?)

The "Apple Mini-DVI to DVI Adapter" that came with my 12" Powerbook (revC/1.33) won't connect to the DVI cable I bought. According to this chart (scroll down), the Apple adapter is a DVI-D Dual Link type (female) and my cable is a DVI-I Dual Link type (male). As you'll see from the diagrams, the 4 pins around the big flat pin are where the mismatch lies. The Apple adapter doesn't have 4 holes to accommodate them. Can I just snap the extra pins off the cable and use it?
posted by scarabic on Oct 19, 2004 - 6 answers

Changing DVD region encoding on a powerbook

I just bought a brand new 12" powerbook to replace one that was stolen several weeks back. I am told by a friend at Apple that I can watch different zone DVDs 5 times, and on the 5th viewing the machine will permanently set to whatever region that DVD is encoded to. Is there no way to undo this encoding? For example, if I foolishly, for example, allowed a friend to use the machine and he watched 5 Korean DVDs, am I stuck with that region forever?
posted by luriete on Oct 6, 2004 - 11 answers

WinXP Virus Management

WinXPVibratesFilter: While the brand new XP that lives within my Powerbook, courtesy VirtualPC, appears fully functional and not terribly dog slow, what should I do to rope it off from these viruses I'm told of time and again by my Wintel-using fellow-geeks? Free, as ever, is the best. Also, for whatever reason, the Windows Update website auto-scan thingy just autoscans, unto infinity. I've managed to whack the pseudo-box into updating despite this, but it makes auto-updating, as a class, suspect.
posted by mwhybark on Sep 24, 2004 - 8 answers

Firewire -> USB?

We're trying to figure out if we can continue using my old PowerBook G3 (bronze keyboard) for another year. The deciding factor will be if a Firewire external drive can be somehow connected to it -- it doesn't have a Firewire port though. Is it possible to somehow get a Firewire --> USB connector? [MI] [more inside]
posted by fionab on Aug 25, 2004 - 8 answers

Camino runs much more slowly on my G4 667 TiBook than on the Lombard 333 Mhz Powerbook. I need a good browser.

MacBrowserHell: I just updgraded from a Lombard 333 Mhz Powerbook to a G4 667 TiBook with 1GB RAM. Camino now seems to run dog-slow. And the others have their troubles... [more inside]
posted by weston on Aug 22, 2004 - 20 answers

Mac user needs help picking a windows laptop

Dedicated Mac user needs to perform Wintel-only dev work, needs new laptop. Thinkpad, or iBook/Powerbook? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Aug 13, 2004 - 15 answers

Repairing a dropped Powerbook

Klutzyboyfriendfilter! My boyfriend dropped his 867Mhz G4 Powerbook and now it's busted. We're looking into repair options. [more] [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Aug 7, 2004 - 4 answers

Thorough Powerbook checkup suggestions?

Powerbook Repair In Process: I've taken apart my Powerbook G3/333 Lombard in order to replace the AC/Soundcard (and darned if I can't see cracked solder at the solder points). Now that I've got it pretty thoroughly disassembled, I wonder if there's any other upgrades I should take the trouble to do while I'm here. [more inside]
posted by weston on Jul 17, 2004 - 7 answers

Is my Powerbook G4 on its way out?

My Powerbook G4, which I bought in January, is beginning to worry me. Microsoft Word crashes incessantly, you have to jiggle CDs back and forth to get them into the slot, and tonight when trying to wake my computer from sleep mode, it wouldn't awake. I had to hit the power button 4 times before anything happened. What should I do?
posted by adrober on Jul 15, 2004 - 11 answers

Mac Screen-Swapping

Is it possible for me to swap the 12" screen from my G3 iBook into a 12" aluminum PowerBook? [more inside]
posted by armchairsocialist on Jul 12, 2004 - 7 answers

Connecting a Mac Powerbook to a Windows 98 computer

Connecting a Mac Powerbook (Panther) to a Windows 98 box. Help, please. --> [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Jun 25, 2004 - 43 answers

Powerbook Damage Quotient

Does anybody have one of the newest model PowerBooks? Is the screen as susceptible to damage from the keyboard as the early TiBooks were? I got one of the first TiBooks, and my screen got trashed almost instantly. Now I have a new PowerBook, and I'd really like to keep this screen from getting all marked up. I know some people were keeping cloth between the keyboard and the screen. That seems like a royal pain though, so I don't want to do it if there isn't any need. Is there a need?
posted by willnot on Jun 15, 2004 - 19 answers

I have a "friend" who can't watch the "porn" he downloaded (and paid for) on the internet.

I have a "friend" who can't watch the "porn" he downloaded (and paid for) on the internet. [More on my "friend" inside.] [more inside]
posted by adrober on May 15, 2004 - 17 answers

Recent Powerbooks vs recent iBooks?

Is there anything that makes recent models of Powerbooks superior to recent iBooks with a comparable processor? [more inside]
posted by namespan on May 3, 2004 - 16 answers

Hitachi hard disk in a Powerbook

Does anyone have experience using a Hitachi Travelstar 7K60 in a 1.25GHz Aluminum Powerbook? Advice to share about installation, heat issues, battery life?
posted by Dean King on Mar 26, 2004 - 5 answers

Can anyone find pinouts or spec sheets for a Toshiba LTM09C017?

I tore apart an old, effectively dead PowerBook 540c in order to salvage workable parts. Most notably, the active matrix TFT LCD screen, a Toshiba LTM09C017, was in fine condition. I would love to try to hook this up to an SVGA out, but I can't find pinouts or spec sheets. Can you?
posted by plinth on Feb 17, 2004 - 2 answers

How can I create graphical text with ColdFusion?

How should one go about cleaning a laptop screen? I've always cleaned my regular monitors with good old Windex, but my Mac Powerbook manual recommends using only specialized cleaners (costly wipes) for active-matrix displays.
posted by sharksandwich on Feb 9, 2004 - 9 answers

Mac laptop criteria?

I'm almost in the market for a laptop, and being that I've got a very nice Windows machine in front of me (and that i'm sick to death of it), I'm seriously considering 'Switching'. However, I've got a few questions for the Zealots of the audience: [MI] [more inside]
posted by cheaily on Feb 5, 2004 - 17 answers

last Mac powerbook to have an old style serial port

What was the last Mac Apple Powerbook model to have an old style serial (modem / printer) port? (Which I assume was dropped in the next model in favor of USB). [more inside]
posted by jca on Jan 3, 2004 - 8 answers

Reinstalling OS9 safely on a Powerbook?

About a month ago I installed Panther on my Powerbook. I did a clean install, so Classic (OS 9) was wiped from the machine. When I went to reinstall it, from the OS9 book disc, I was warned that it would also be doing a clean install, which made me nervous. So, how do I reinstall OS 9 onto my Powerbook without effecting everything that's on there right now?
posted by capndesign on Dec 15, 2003 - 2 answers

What should I know about switching from Windows to a Mac?

So I'm finally going to do it. I'm finally going to make the switch. After using PCs for many years I've got my sight set on a shiny new 1.25Ghz 15" PowerBook.

Does anyone have any warnings / suggestions / stories that they'd like to share about their switch? [more inside]
posted by bshort on Dec 10, 2003 - 38 answers

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