Priest of the Order of the Butterfly
Posts: 750 from 2012/11/10
From: Manchester, UK/GB
MartinW wrote: I recently tried 3.10 and was impressed enough to track down a nice Powerbook G4 1.67Ghz (9700/128MB video).
So, is that the A1106 (which has an optional upgrade to 128MB of VRAM) or the A1138 DL/SD model?
The HDD cradles are the same, but the cables are different
The A1138 part numbers are: 821-0391-A / 632-0356-A printed on the cable
The A1106 part numbers are: 821-0350-A / 821-0287-A printed on the cable
So, if you have the incorrect cable in the PowerBook, you might get unexpected results.Quote:
MartinW wrote: HDD:
So problem is the machine didn't come with a hard drive. Nor did it come with the screws or rubber grommets to fit one. Typical!
I also probably have a spare A1138 cradle, and set of rubber mounted HDD screws, and probably a spare HDD ribbon flex cable, if you want any of those just send me a PM, and we can discuss that, if you want to acquire any of those.Quote:
MartinW wrote: For now I have put the drive from my Mac mini in there (without grommets) but since I've had that machine from new I'd prefer to put it back together.
I also have some really thick/sticky back foam that I've used on occasions to cushion HDDs that you could stick to the base of the Powerbook HDD bay, but unless you fit it in thin strips then there won't be much cooling, but I could send you a fairly long piece that you can then cut into thin sections to cushion it, but not stop heat dissipation.Quote:
MartinW wrote: Can anyone recommend a decent drive for the Powerbook? I need it to be nice and quiet if not silent as noise bothers me. Is there an SSD option? .......
I have used WD 250GB or 320GB IDE PATA drives (along with every other 2.5" HDD capacity you can buy), and apart from one failure/breakage, they have been really reliable (though I always keep a backup anyway) in my Mac Minis and PowerBooks for over 6 years now, and they've been really quiet also, and in use most days. I don't see the issue with PATA drives generally, but I do have some SSD drives, but I've never used one as a main MorphOS system drive, though I'm sure from the variety I have I could, but the IDE/PATA HDDs are a testament to their reliability and quietness, and the very slight 'hum' is no issue for me, but maybe that is the issue for you. I just thought I ought to extol/sing of the virtues/benefits of IDE/PATA HDDs, that's all. As they are a lot cheaper than SSD HDDs. Quote:
MartinW wrote: I have a Kingspec 32GB PATA SSD that I have had for some years but not only does the PB not recognise it but also when it is plugged in, the PB will not see the CD either - it's like it's blocking the entire IDE interface.
Why go to all the trouble of having to work out, and time and time again get the wrong type, in order to eventually find an SSD that doesn't cause all these issues, when you can easily, and fairly cheaply, get a IDE/PATA HDD? Quote:
MartinW wrote: Battery:
Finally, not surprisingly the battery is completely dead. Anyone have experience with 3rd party batteries? Trash ones to avoid? Ones that are OK? While I don't need super long battery life it would be nice to be able to sit on the sofa and do stuff for a while like I am now on my modern MacBook Pro :)
I use the freely available Coconut Battery
utility on Mac (Dual-Booted with MorphOS) to check battery life - compared to what it was when new.
I also have a relatively cheap NewerTech NWTBATCAPL15AL
dedicated PowerBook battery charger, still for sale on that worldwide well known website for all consumer goods old and new. It's a specific PowerBook battery charger, this model ONLY being compatible for 15" models, there are other models, including one for 17" PowerBook AL models, much rarer. This allows me to charge up to 2 batteries in 2 battery trays, but they are charged one after the other. So, while I'm using another battery there will be 2 more ready when they've finished their charging processes. The charger also does a diagnostic/discharge check/re-charge cycle so you should get the best battery life out of any PowerBook battery.
I hope the information is of some use to you.
MacMini 1.5GHz,10,2,64MB VRAM,1GB RAM,Airport, Bluetooth,A1016 Keyboard,T-RB22 Mouse,DVD-RW-DL+CD-RW,Iomega MiniMax,Belkin 6 port 3 x Firewire/3 x USB2,MorphOS 3.11,Mac OSX 10.4/10.5,A1138+A1139 PwrBk MOS v3.11,Model 5,8/5,9, & PowerMac G5 2.3GHz (DP)