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Original post by: Milko C ,


PowerBook Charger Connector and Power Connector burnt


I have a PowerBook G4 15" late 2005 that I've been using for a while. It has a 3rd party charger because the original apple one broke. The charger is the right model and it has been working fine for about 7 months.

But today I plugged it in and it wouldn't charge. I took the charger out and plugged back in a few times, unplugged it at the wall etc. but still nothing. So I plugged it into the laptop again and it made a very breif sort of crackling sound. I took it out straight away and noticed that part of the connector was burnt. The power connector on the laptop is also burnt.

So, do I need to replace the entire DC board or can the connector be cleaned or something? I haven't taken a closer look at the laptop's power connector so I don't know how much it's damaged. The laptop still works fine though and I was able to use it for a few more minutes until the battery ran flat.

I realise it's an old laptop but I'd love to keep it for a while yet if it can be fixed easily. It has maxed out RAM and a 128GB SSD so I'd be pretty reluctant to give it up just yet.


PowerBook G4 Aluminum 15" 1.67 GHz