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Hack job powerbook g4 repair

19 October, 2008 (19:46) | Uncategorized

desolderin time

My wife trashed the power plug on my old her 15 inch Powerbook G4. I cleared enough room on my workbench and finally got around to taking the thing apart. I desoldered the old power jack – I was pretty impressed at how well it held up. Unfortunately, it had pieces of old power plug in it and the contacts were pretty worn out. I didn’t have a decent replacement on hand, so I soldered in some speaker wire (It was the most robust thing I could find – and it fit through the tiny holes on the board with only minor trimming) then¬† I zip tied it to the DC in board. I’ll be adding some sort of break away connector later on, but for now, I just spliced the wires to the power plug and zip tied the thing together.

It’s ugly, but it works and it should be pretty solid for a while.¬† She’s been sans powerbook for a few months (I was busy and I have a spare laptop) so now every time I turn around she’s on the thing.

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