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Clamshell iBook Is "Killing Off" Power Cords

741 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: May 18, 2012 12:24 PM by NonTechKaren RSS
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May 11, 2012 8:35 AM

I own a tangerine iBook, with OS X 10.4 operating system.


About a week ago I posted:


Battery Charging Indicator Light Is Out



My iBook wasn't charging the battery, even when the power cord was in, and it didn't seem to be getting electricity from the cord.


I thought the problem was solved. It seemed as though I had two bad power cords, and when I plugged in a third cord, all was well. But today I'm back to the same problem. I've got the power cord plugged in, the battery is draining, and when I look at Power under System Profiler I get this:


AC Charger Information:


  AC Charger (Watts):    0

  Connected:    No

  Charging:    No


Since I don't feel up to attempting a difficult repair, I need advice. Would it be cheaper for me to get another used laptop, or pay a pro to repair the one I have?

  • Knucklesmac Level 4 Level 4 (2,225 points)
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    May 11, 2012 8:48 AM (in response to NonTechKaren)

    Are you running this iBook off the battery and have you tried the power without the battery present?

    I am just wondering if the battery is at fault here. How old is the battery and if a replacement, would it be a genuine apple battery?

  • Knucklesmac Level 4 Level 4 (2,225 points)
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    May 11, 2012 11:16 AM (in response to NonTechKaren)



    If it was me I would check the other batteries and try the Tangerine without a battery in it. You could always rest the PSU by taking out the battery and power supply and press the power button.

    If that don't help then check your Graphite iBook (Gray). if that charges the battery then your open to two options. Replace the parts it needs for a working Graphite or take out the Graphite's Charging/Tracker button board (Easy enough to do) and place it in the Tangerine so that can charge the battery.I've personally never know a Clamshell to have problem with charging a battery unless the battery was dead. But not to say it's not possable.


    I believe you have enough here to at least selvage a working iBook, with little spend (if at all) and little effort.


    Best of luck.

  • Knucklesmac Level 4 Level 4 (2,225 points)
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    May 12, 2012 7:11 AM (in response to NonTechKaren)

    I don't blame you, computer problems can be very stressful at times. I hope that everything works out for you in the end. I am sure the problem can be easily resolved with the computer repair agent. (Fingers Crossed)

    This community of amazing people are always here if you need any further assistance

    All the best.

  • Knucklesmac Level 4 Level 4 (2,225 points)
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    May 17, 2012 10:40 AM (in response to NonTechKaren)

    Hello Again,


    Thanks for the update. Good to see you have something resolved at least.

    You can take the airport card out of the Tangerine and place it in the Graphite if you wish to use that off the power while in the library. They are easy to take out and refit. see;

    I am sure your Graphite could also charge a good battery, you could could always take that out of the Tangerine as well. (They use the same airport cards and batteries)


    On the subject of the Tangerine damage, I think it sounds to me like your DC inboard (where you plug the power cord into) has become defective. I would be very surprised if the motherboard is a fault to be honest. I've dropped one on concrete before and never sustained any damage to the motherboard. The very much embedded in the machine to really become damaged. I've replaced a DC inboard before, having collected an iBook which had a very similar fault.


    I guess so long as you have some form of computer to do your writing work and surf the Internet for job, that's all that counts.


    I would seriously think about taking out the Tangerine's Airport card and putting it in the Graphite to use it for wifi Internet access to save you swapping about iBook


    Best of luck


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