Released in 2003, the iBook G4 replaced the iBook G3 as Apple's portable consumer computer.

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ac adaptor broke inside dc port

I tripped over my ac adaptor cord and in the process the tip of the ac cord broke off inside the dc adaptor port. How do I get the tip that broke off out of the dc port? I know my ac adaptor will have to be replaced but I have to get the broken piece out of the dc port before I purchase a new ac adaptor.

Any help would be wonderful. Thank you Lisa

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First we need to know your exact machine. Please give us the last three figures of your serial number. I've been successful by attacking this issue from the back side of the removed port. Some have thin metal retainers clipped on the back of the port. The middle one can be slightly bent up and you can gain access to the broken pin and remove it using a very small pair of hemostat. Hemostat

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I've never been successful in removing broken pins from these DC-in ports but I've had a few colleagues who have removed these before, though it's always been more of a luck thing.

I would recommend removing the battery and then trying to grasp the pin with some small, thin tipped, but sturdy tweezers or pliers. You might magnetize the tool you're using to grasp to add a little more help.

In all of the scenarios I've attempted I have always ended up replacing the DC-in board due to failure. It's a relatively straight forward repair so long as you keep track of screws & follow each step. You didn't specify the exact model iBook but the procedure is pretty similar for each of the G4 iBooks.

12" 1.33Ghz G4 iBook DC-in board replacement

The part itself is usually fairly cheap as well, in the $20-45 range.

Good luck!

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