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|PowerBook G4 Aluminum 15" 1-1.5 GHz|| |
|PowerBook G4 Aluminum 15" 1.5-1.67 GHz|| |
|PowerBook G4 Titanium DVI|| |
|PowerBook G4 Titanium Onyx|| |
April 13, 2013
After scrubbing the hard drive and reinstalling the Leopard OS onto this older PowerBook I noticed that it had difficulties booting and after booting the clock and date were way off. Didn't take much looking to determine that the PRAM battery had died (as had the main battery).
The repair was easy. I had previously replaced the DC input board on this laptop, which was much more involved. Replacing the PRAM battery did not require lifting out the logic board. The only difficult part is releasing the hidden latch next to the optical drive that allows the case to separate, however, I managed to mangle that latch on the previous repair and it wasn't a problem this time around.
Start with a bunch of very small zipper bags. At each step, number the bag appropriately and place the removed screws into the bag. Makes reassembly with the correct screws a breeze, even if the reassembly happens days later, after you've forgotten exactly where each one came from.
January 9, 2013
pram battery dead
although solering the new battery was not as easy as in the guide
I took it to a competer tech for the soldering
that was fairly easy
you should sell the little circuit board with a new battery already installed
January 2, 2013
This second 667MHz Titanium PB could not keep time and was exhibing unusual behavior. PRAM battery time!!!
The Repair went fine. Uneventful going in and out. The solder job
was fine - thanks to a 45+ year old vise!!!!! Piece 'a cake.
The only head scratcher was that the disassembly up to the optical drive did not match reality. My PB had a couple of ribbon cables and two small 2-wire connectors to undo. And, of course the hard drive (hold-down) bracket wasn't the same. I was sure I clicked on the 667 MHz Titanium.... all's well that end swell.
December 19, 2012
Powerbook was showing all signs of PRAM failure—the most prominent being the clock not holding time and faulty RAM recognition.
The ifixit guide was perfect and helped the procedure go smoothly.
Unfortunately, the problem still exists with new PRAM battery in place. Wondering if the entire PRAM board needs to be replaced.
None here... will update when I solve the problem
July 18, 2012
Internal battery dieing of old age; could not remember the time or date.
Repair went just like the ifixit video, old battery out - new battery in. I have not included a picture as it was exactly as shown in the video.
Advice: fix the old computer: new laptops are all wide screen which cuts off the bottom of your picture, therefore I get more information on my old screen without the need of scrolling for the missing part.
April 3, 2012
My powerbook would not remember the date, time or wireless password after shutting down and rebooting.
Seemless. Cruised your website as I have done previously to repair my 1st and 2nd gen ipods, as well as Wallstreet, Lombard & Pismo powerbooks. Found the cause of my G4's illness, ordered the part. One week later it arrived at my doorstep in Sydney Australia. Followed your detailed guides as always. Fifteen minutes later tests completed she is as good as new.
This particular repair is very simple to do. You CAN do it. Bite the bullet and invest in Ifixit's tool kit they are a work of art.The off the shelf tools here in Australia are a little agricultural.Ta
March 26, 2012
I "fixed" the PRAM battery a couple years back when I couldn't find the correct battery with the pigtails. So, I originally ended up soldering replacement leads to a similar rechargeable, but the solder was really way too thick because the solder didn't want to stick to the battery - not even with lots of flux. Even though I filed as much of the excess solder off as I could, it was way too thick and kept the SuperDrive from functioning properly. It was like that a couple years.
The correct battery is a snap. Two quick joints and it works perfectly again... and the SuperDrive came back to life as well as the system settings.
Use this battery - it's well worth the price. Don't be afraid to tear down your (old) laptop. It took an hour or so for the new rechargeable to get up to full power.
The iFixit guides are terrific.
January 2, 2012
September 13, 2011
pram wad dead.
Easy. Couldn't buy the whole thing, but just bought the battery and had to solder it into the circuit board. Two solder connections, and voila!
iFixit makes fixing my laptop easy. Doing it yourself is not only fun but saves money and hassle!