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Question: Powerbook 160

Is it possible to get a battery for a computer this old? I would like to get some information off of it....and show it to my grandchildren.....smile.

I hadn't started it for several years and it won't start up even with a power cord?

Can't find anything by google.

Thanks for any advice or help.

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.8)

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Jan 16, 2007 1:48 PM in response to Bobolink In response to Bobolink


Jim has already indicated where to find information on how to reset the Power Manager; that is a good thing to begin with.

A bad main battery can sometimes put a heavy load on the power supply. If charging the battery (with the PowerBook switched off) does not help, you may want to try starting the computer with the battery temporarily removed.

The PowerBook should show some sign of activity during at least one of the above attempts. If not, check the low-voltage output of the AC adapter (expect a multimeter reading of slightly more than 7.5 V DC). If still no activity, and if the AC adapter appears to be OK, a blown fuse (reference F1 on the PB 160 main board) cannot be ruled out.


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Jan 17, 2007 8:21 AM in response to Bobolink In response to Bobolink

If a PowerBook of the 100 series has been unused and off its AC adapter for a long time (eg years), not only will the main battery be feeling proper poorly but so also will the backup battery. The difficulty then lies in getting the backup battery charged as well as the main battery.

Before they will catch on to the idea of recharging, backup batteries need the main battery to be at full terminal voltage. (NOTE: not at full capacity.) Jan indicated the adapter's output voltage, but a main battery may be in the range 6.9 to 7.4V at the end of charge. Less than 6.9V may barely allow the PB to operate in concert with an adequately charged backup, but a failing or failed main battery may not be capable of reaching a voltage that encourages a flat backup to charge.

Backup batteries are of sterner stuff than main batteries, however. I recently successfully revived a PB 160 that had, by conservative estimate, been out of use for 12 years. I did this by cycling the main battery's charge first, but it is sometimes possible to achieve the same effect by allowing the PB, with its main battery inside, to remain attached to its powered AC adapter for up to a week before resetting the PMU in line with this article.

Apple IIe; 68K: 11DT + 4PB; PPC: 5DT + 3PB; G3: 6DT System 6.0.8 to OS 10.4.x

Jan 17, 2007 8:21 AM

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Jan 17, 2007 8:44 AM in response to Bobolink In response to Bobolink

Thank all of you so much for this information and I'm going to try the different remedies.

I have my fingers crossed!

Jan 17, 2007 8:44 AM

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