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 Post subject: Battery and charger issues with a 1.33 mhz. 17' powerbook
PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 1:13 am 

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I have a circa 2003 g4 powerbook that has been a workhorse for me. It has had the orginal battery in it since new. Last week, I began having some weird charging issues that were the first symptoms of my present problems. I have an "Apple" power adaptor which will now not light up(neither green nor orange) when plugged into my computer nor will it run the computer when the battery is removed. I had used this same adaptor for quite sometime with no issues whatsoever and one day it suddenly quit. This failure coincided directly after one of the latest updates I downloaded from Apple. This same adaptor of mine will light up and charge other g4 powerbook units without a problem. I have tried other brands' cords (i-go/i-juice)with my unit and they are now not working to charge my powerbook either. I have even tried another friend's "Apple" power adapter which was working fine on his unit but again did not work on my unit. I can not powerup with or without the battery in. I live remotely and have simply had to watch the internal power go dead on the unit until I could get into Anchorage.

I took my powerbook to the local Apple store and tried their demo battery. My powerbook booted up immediately with no problems and fortunately was running just fine the way it always has. When we went to plug my power adaptor in, again it wouldn't light up or charge, the computer was simply running on battery power. We tried other Apple power cords in the store and none would work. My battery also appeared to them to be bulging in the middle and could possibly be construed as unsafe.

They recommended I call Applecare and use careful wording to see what they could do for me. After 30 plus minutes of holding for a product specialist and explaining the issues several times to different people, the answer came back that any repairs would be at my cost.

I would gladly buy a new battery if that would fix the problem. I have done my own repairs/upgrades in the past using this wonderful site and resource. Past repairs include replacing the usb/power receptacle. Upgrade was a switch to a 160GB hard drive. My computer worked like new for well over a year after those items were installed.

I saw that the power receptacle is currently out of stock on your website. Am I correct in assuming that something is amiss with the receptacle, the battery or.........?

Any help or direction greatly appreciated.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 8:08 am 
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You need to replace your DC-IN board.

Powerbook Medic

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