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Rosebud3 Calculating status...
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Nov 6, 2012 8:42 AM

Hi everyone, just found this forum. I am having some problems with my PowerBook but first I need to figure out if it is  titanium or aluminum. I forgot. It is a G4 1.33 GHz 15 inch. I think it is titaninot it not positive.



PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (235,215 points)
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    Nov 6, 2012 8:44 AM (in response to Rosebud3)

    It's aluminum. The fastest titanium PowerBook G4 had a CPU speed of 1GHz.



  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (44,345 points)
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    Nov 6, 2012 1:10 PM (in response to Rosebud3)

    Here's the spec page on your PowerBook. ml


    What problems are you having?


     Cheers, Tom

  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,470 points)
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    Nov 7, 2012 7:26 PM (in response to Rosebud3)
  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,530 points)
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    Nov 7, 2012 7:52 PM (in response to Rosebud3)

    I'm wondering if maybe you have two separate problems combining here.


    The first is a possible very short battery life. If you are using a battery that's more than a couple of years old, it could just be too old. These batteries start to lose capacity sharply after they're over 300-400 cycles or 4-5 years old. They will lose capacity just by sitting on the shelf doing nothing. If your battery has reached this age, it could die after a few minutes. If it has very little capacity left, it may reach full charge quickly and deplete quickly.


    The second problem might be the difficulty starting up. This can sometimes be caused by another battery, the PRAM battery, being dead because it's too old, which can happen after 5-6 years. This battery is tiny and saves time and other settings when the computer is off or unpowered. If this battery is dead, you'll know because the laptop works fine as long as it is plugged into a wall but has problems if unplugged for a short period of time. The other symptom of a dead PRAM battery is that it won't remember the correct time setting after being shut down.

  • BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)
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    Nov 8, 2012 11:54 AM (in response to Rosebud3)

    The PRAM battery can be replaced, however, finding a new one is challenging (there are used ones for sale). It's not so much the battery, it's that the battery normally is mounted on a circuit card. I've heard of some have bought the battery and replaced the battery on the circuit card, which is somewhat involved, I'm told. I don't think OWC carries a PRAM battery for your model, but they would be worth a look. Do a search on PRAM battery. 

  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,530 points)
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    Nov 8, 2012 12:17 PM (in response to Rosebud3)

    Rosebud3 wrote:


    I figured out which PowerBook I have. It's the 15-inch FW800.

    Ah, a fine model, I am sad mine died. has a repair guide for it and a link to a PRAM battery at the bottom of the page, you might contact them and make sure you get the right one for your model.

    Installing PowerBook G4 Aluminum 15" 1.5-1.67 GHz PRAM Battery


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