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PowerBook 12 inch top case component plastic rim

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About 11 years ago Steve demonstrated the 1 GHz PowerBook. It was 17 inches and changed my computer usage immensely. As soon as feasible my wife surprised me with the new model. It was used everywhere; home, hospital, anywhere with a plug. At the same keynote Phil told us about the 12 inch PowerBook. Over the years the 17 inch model served me well, until the transition to Intel in 2005; the PowerBook was sold to a nurse in South Carolina.

The MacBook Pro ever since has been my daily machine. Core Duo to Intel i7, I have been through a few; sometimes prematurely due to the graphic card issue. The i7 I use now is already 3 years old, and works like a champ. The 30 inch Cinema display still rocks. Eventually, I am sure I will move to the next version of the 15 inch MacBook Pro. The 17 inch model is no more.

Over the years with the PowerBook 17 inch, the 12 inch model always caught my attention. In 2008 I was able to obtain one from eBay and parts from PowerBook Medic and other places. The 1.5 GHz model's logic board did not work the trackpad of the 1.33 GHz model. However, taking apart the computer I was able to get a sense of what JI had designed. "Aesthetically pleasing" does not do the machine justice; even from the inside out. Since 2008 it has been a great machine for increasingly smaller tasks. However, when I need a back up Mac, it is always ready.

For five years I have wondered about a rebuilt. Now that the PowerBook is "classic", I am now in the planning stages of once again disassembling the PowerBook. This time I plan to upgrade the LCD to a higher resolution, and want to repair the plastic trim around the top cover. I understand it is no longer present in the MacBook Pro line, and probably was heat molded to the body. I also plan to replace the lid that has a dent from the previous owner.

Parts are available and I have some already to go. The LCD will be the most challenging, but also the most rewarding.

The plastic trim I would like to either replace or rehab. A previous owner cracked it (probably from whatever dented the lid) and I have a replacement top case to install. However, this piece's trim has marks from tooling I would like to repair.

Does anyone know what kind of plastic this material is made from?

Also, what shade of gray did JI or SJ approve for this trim?

Does anyone have any "new trim" that is left over they want to sell?

Let me know. I am taking this rebuilt slow for the fun of it. That is what SJ would have wanted.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,190 points)
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    Jun 17, 2013 3:47 PM (in response to DrRebar)

    Search Google and eBay. Check There are many vendors who deal in parts for old Macs.

  • Knucklesmac Level 4 Level 4 (2,225 points)
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    Jun 18, 2013 1:20 AM (in response to DrRebar)



    When it comes to wanting parts for any Mac portable, eBay is your friend.

    You can find a wide range of parts to suite your PowerBook. The only thing I would say it, the plastic trim you speak of, would be easier to strip from an exisiting screen housing.

    If I was looking to renovate an old PowerBook, I'd look for a very good condition non-working PowerBook from eBay and strip it down for useful parts. It's a lot cheaper than buying individual parts.


    Best of luck with your project.


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