Just the thing if you’re feeling nostalgic about the PowerBook

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Date: Friday, February 21st, 2014, 20:47
Category: Apple, Archive, Fun, History, PowerBook

apple-powerbook-g3-wallstreetThis website was pretty much founded on writing about Apple’s PowerBook line, so I thought this would be a nifty tidbit to pass along. For those of you whose history with the Mac only dates back to around five years, the PowerBook line was the first series of Mac laptops. When Apple made the jump to Intel chips inside their portable lineup, they switched the name to “MacBook” and “MacBook Pro” and have carried on that convention ever since.

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Man Traded Kidney for PowerBook in 2000

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Date: Thursday, April 16th, 2009, 08:56
Category: Fun, PowerBook

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During Apple’s higher-end product releases, we look at the cool new items for sale and wonder what we’d sacrifice for the new Mac Pro or a 17″ MacBook Pro notebook.
According to PC World, one person went a step further and, back in 2000, apparently indirectly traded his kidney for a then-brand-new PowerBook G3.
Back then, Washington, D.C.-area consultant Phil Shapir was advising an elderly couple, who brought up the question as to why Apple didn’t use senior citizens in its advertising. At a certain point, the wife asked her husband, “Why don’t we show him the kidney Powerbook? Maybe he can answer some questions about that computer.”
When Shapiro asked why they call it the “kidney PowerBook,” she said, “My husband donated one of his kidneys to his sister. She asked him what he’d like in return. Without hesitation, he said, ‘I’d love a PowerBook.’”
And he got it.

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TechRestore Offering Glossy Screen Upgrade for PowerBooks

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Date: Wednesday, September 20th, 2006, 10:36
Category: PowerBook

TechRestore, Inc. (a PowerPage sponsor) has begun offering an overnight glossy screen upgrade for PowerBook G4 Systems.

PowerBook G4 owners that are scheduling an overnight screen replacement now have the option of selecting from the standard matte finish LCD screen or upgrading to a glossy display. TechRestore’s Overnight LCD Screen Replacement service provides a fast and hassle-free repair method for Macintosh laptop owners that experience a screen failure due to mechanical issues or accidental damage. The LCD screen repair program has a 24-hour turnaround time and flat-rate pricing that includes parts and installation at prices starting at just $449 for PowerBooks and $349 for iBooks.

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PlayboyBook

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Date: Friday, September 8th, 2006, 08:06
Category: PowerBook

These days you can’t turn on a TV, open a magazine or walk down the street without spotting an Apple product or at least an ad for one, and now it seems Apple’s expanding popularity has even landed the company on the cover of October’s Playboy (Zinio link, semi-safe for work). In the quest to leave their photoshopped mark on everything that adorns the magazine, Playboy (or Apple?) felt the need (or jumped at the chance) to add a personalized touch to what looks like a 12-inch PowerBook, and swapped out the Apple logo for Playboy’s

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW): A Mac on the cover of Playboy

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Is there Something to this 1.5GHz PowerBook Drive Death Story?

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Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: PowerBook

I was reading Mark Standen’s story from yesterday entitled 1.5GHz PowerBook Drives Dropping Like Flies and if it hadn’t just happened to me also (yes, seriously) I would have looked at the piece as a story of a couple of coincidental drive failures.
It was the morning of April 19th when my PowerBook locked up and, upon restarting, I got the endless spinning startup Apple. I managed to reset the PMU and get my 1.5GHz Aluminum PowerBook to boot. I was ill equipped to back up at the time and used what I had at hand: Apple’s Backup. Not ideal but it did preserve all my data to an external FireWire drive.
I really didn’t think the drive was failing. I thought the handle just needed a jiggle but, on the morning of April 20th, the drive officially packed it in. I went to my local authorized Apple Service location and arranged for a drive replacement. By the weekend, the job was done and I went about negotiating with Apple Backup for the release of my preserved data.
I finally got up and running again and made a resolution to be more diligent with my backups and purchased Synchronize Pro X. Backed up every evening like clockwork…. well, for a while anyway. Wait, I’ll explain.
The following weekend I recorded an episode of the Spoilers podcast and guested on The Wizards of Technology podcast using the PowerBook and Skype in both cases. Mere hours after wrapping up on Wizards of Tech, a Software Update alerted me to my PowerBook’s need to restart.
…that was the last I saw of my desktop. It is now in for its second hard drive replacement in under a month. Thankfully I have full confidence that, once a new drive is installed, SyncPro will bring me back to full productivity in no time.
Contributed by: Rick “RickMacMerc” Yaeger

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1.5GHz PowerBook Drives Dropping Like Flies

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Date: Monday, May 1st, 2006, 00:00
Category: PowerBook

June two years ago and my friend and I bought two 1.5 AL PowerBooks on the same receipt. Lovely machines, albeit somewhat hot to the touch.
Fast forward to three weeks ago and my hard drive starts exhibiting signs of a terminal illness; not booting, death rattles, all the normal “you’re about to lose all your data” type stuff.
Gulp.
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Contributed by: Mark Standen

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R.I.P. PowerBook G4 15-inch

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Date: Thursday, February 23rd, 2006, 14:34
Category: PowerBook

If you go to the Apple Store, only the 12-inch and 17-inch PowerBook G4 models are for sale. The venerable 15-inch has be End-Of-Lifed (EOL’d). If you need to have EV-DO card capability you may want to find one quickly. (Thanks Jack)

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Apple Acknowledges PowerBook RAM Problems

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Date: Tuesday, January 31st, 2006, 11:46
Category: PowerBook

On 29 December 2005 I posted a story on how Mac OS X software updates are disabling the lower RAM slot on some PowerBook G4 models (15-inch 1.67/1.5GHz). There are many comments from people that have experienced the problem and Apple is finally addressing it.
Apple has started a PowerBook G4 Memory Slot Repair Extension Program and has posted a detailed FAQ about it.
PowerBook G4s manufactured between January 2005 and April 2005 (serial numbers W8503xxxxxx through W8518xxxxxx) are covered and Apple will replace the RAM slot and extend the warranty on the repairs for two years.

The PowerBook G4 (15-inch 1.67/1.5GHz) Memory Slot Repair Extension Program is a worldwide program covering repair or replacement of the memory slot in PowerBook G4 models manufactured between January 2005 and April 2005 (2005-01 through 2005-04) that are experiencing specific component failures. If your PowerBook G4 has a serial number within the eligible range and is experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, it may be eligible for repair, free of charge. Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) will determine eligibility under the program. Repairs will be covered by Apple for up to two years from the original date of purchase even if your computer is out of warranty.

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MacBook Pro Additions and Subtractions

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Date: Thursday, January 12th, 2006, 00:00
Category: PowerBook

macbook-pro-open.jpgThe MacBook Pro has some new and cool additions, but unfortunately there seem to be more subtractions. Here’s a quick list…
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OS X Updates Damaging PowerBooks Lower RAM Slot (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, December 29th, 2005, 14:44
Category: PowerBook

Engadget has an interesting article on Mac OS X updates disabling or even permanently damaging the lower RAM slot in PowerBooks. It goes like this: after you update to Mac OS 10.3.9, 10.4.0, and 10.4.1 the PowerBooks’ lower RAM slot spontaneously goes bad.

The current operating assumption is that the update actually makes the firmware controller or possibly the chipset get all wonky, which, in turn, may disable the lower memory slot (permanently).

It’s a pretty serious claim and the lawyers are already working themselves into a lather over it.
I haven’t experienced any such problem with my PowerBook G4 1.5GHz and I have two 1GB SO-DIMMs installed, but I’d be interested in hearing from people who have. Sound off in the comments if your lower RAM slot has gone bonky after an OS update.
UPDATE (2006-0131):
Apple has addressed the RAM slot issue with the PowerBook G4 Memory Slot Repair Extension Program.

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