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Old Oct 6th, 2009, 09:44 AM   #11
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not to hijack the thread...

I also have an older iBook G4 (12" - 1.33) with craptacular battery life. I have heard of folks getting the batteries 'fixed' instead of replacing them. Is this an economic option vs. finding one on ebay etc? Does it work? I replaced the iBook with a 13" MacBook Pro, but my wife uses the iBook for casual internet use mainly so it would be nice if she didn't have to be plugged in all the time.
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Old Oct 6th, 2009, 02:35 PM   #12
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They can have the cells replaced, however, the individual cells are not inexpensive, so you don't end up saving much cash in the end.

I wouldn't trust packs that are for sale on eBay because you simply do not know if they have much life left in them, or whether they are one of the many defective packs that were recalled by Apple some years ago.
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Old Oct 8th, 2009, 08:33 AM   #13
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I'll have to look into it. It is annoying that a new battery for a 5 year old laptop is still almost $100.
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Old Oct 8th, 2009, 10:19 AM   #14
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Pretty much all models of the iBook had logicboard problems of one variety or another. Powerbooks, I don't know of any widespread problems.

On Craigslist I've seen 1st Gen MacBooks go for ~$500 - so that should be your first route.
That's far too broad an accusation...late gen iBook G4s 1.2 and 1.33 were and ARE solid workhorses - the risk is drive failure not motherboard on the late gen model.

Suggesting early gen MacBooks certainly is recommending risky behaviour.....failure rate was substantive on anything prior to 2.16
Santa Rosa ( 2.2 ) and forward are very reliable but not often are do they go cheap.

We've sold close to 100 G4 iBooks this year and motherboards are rarely an issue.
Of 200 we assessed drives with bad blocks far and away were issues with a few bad ports that were clearly from use/abuse.
The bad block risk will apply to Powerbooks as well....maybe even more so due to heat so we scan all drives on trade now and owners are surprised - us to as the machines will function okay but then you get issues like won't clone properly.
Bad drives are the highest risk in buying a used portable.

We've had a few clients come in with iBook G4s where the video is gone - these are earlier models 800s and 1 gHz.

Maybe Apple will drop the MacBook entry price to $999 then some of the more reliable used MacBooks will come down as well.



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Old Oct 15th, 2009, 07:52 AM   #15
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Ok well thanks maybe a 1.33ghz ibook g4 could still be an option then since drive failure doesn't scare me heh
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If i were you i wouldn't buy it. I bought an ibook new from the store and it was awesome but 3 years later logic board is not working. You could probably get a macbook from eBay for around $650.00.
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