Apple Powerbook 5300 Troubleshooting

Powerbook Does Not Turn On ¶ 

Whatever you try, the computer refuses to turn on.

Hold Down the Power Switch ¶ 

You probably already tried this, but it's always worth another try before digging into the possible problems.

Drained/Bad battery ¶ 

It is possible the battery is dead, so trying plugging the computer into its charger.

If that still doesn't work, your battery could have gone bad. For a new battery, the best price for it that was found is at:

http://www.batterymart.com/p-h210ae-12pb...

Screen Broken ¶ 

The next source of problems is the screen or the backlight. The screen/backlight repair guide can be found here: <insert link here>.

Crashed Hard Drive ¶ 

The next layer of problems lies within the hard drive itself. Hard drives crash and are more likely to as they get older. The hard drive repair guide can be found here: <insert link here>.

In this case, a new hard drive is the answer. The Powerbook uses an internal laptop IDE hard drive, found here: http://www.batterymart.com/p-h210ae-12pb...

Fried Motherboard ¶ 

The final problem is that the motherboard, the main guts of the computer, is fried. Follow the motherboard repair guide here; <insert link here>.

Non-responsive Trackpad ¶ 

The computer turns on but the cursor won't move by using the trackpad

Try a Restart ¶ 

Sometimes, the trackpad doesn't quite register to the computer when it is turned on, so try to force a restart to reset the system and "find" the trackpad.

Check Cables and Connections ¶ 

If restart doesn't work, open up the PowerBook with our guide here <insert link here> and check to make sure the cables connecting the trackpad to the motherboard are secure. Try starting the computer after the cables are checked and see if that worked.

Trackpad Broken ¶ 

If the trackpad still refuses to work, follow the trackpad repair guide here: <insert link here>. A new replacement trackpad can be found here: <http://www.wegenermedia.com/5300p.htm> for $11.00 (it's called a "Palmrest").

Keyboard Not Working ¶ 

You try to type and nothing comes up

Try a Restart ¶ 

Sometimes, the keyboard doesn't quite register to the computer when it is turned on, so try to force a restart to reset the system and "find" the keyboard.

Check Cables and Connections ¶ 

If restart doesn't work, open up the PowerBook with our guide here <insert link here> and check to make sure the cables connecting the keyboard to the motherboard are secure. Try starting the computer after the cables are checked and see if that worked.

Keyboard Broken ¶ 

If the keyboard still refuses to work, follow the keyboard repair guide here: <insert link here>. New keyboards can be found here: <http://www.wegenermedia.com/5300p.htm> for $14.00.

2 Comments

Where is the power switch on the 5300?

Pierre Godin - Reply

I had stored it for 15 years, now trying to use it to open old floppy disks.

Dont remember what is the start-up key. not identified in the manual.

Thank you

Pierre Godin - Reply

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