ibook - changing glowing logo colour

14 replies [Last post]
Offline
Joined: May 29 2007
Posts: 2

Hi all,
Dug up my old iBook today (not sure of the model name, it's the whitish clamshell case with two USB ports). Anyway, the logo on the back of the screen lights up when it's turned on, and I was considering changing the colour to a blue or something different, just so I can have a unique mac. Could anyone point me in the direction of a good set of instructions on how to do this? I've got no idea how difficult it will be.
Thanks for reading!
-Sam

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
olikicksmacs's picture
Offline
Joined: Dec 20 2003
Posts: 252
http://www.emeraldion.it/arti

http://www.emeraldion.it/articles/2006/04/08/153816/

i used coloured acetate for mine (stuff you put on ohp's)

Also, this guy uses a hex driver, but i used a torx t8 screwdriver (i think thats the right size!) which works just as well

hope it helps!

__________________

iMac Tangerine G3 600mhz (Gary), Dell Inspiron 6000 (Delila)

Offline
Joined: May 29 2007
Posts: 2
Thanks for that :) Worked ou

Thanks for that Smile
Worked out well in the end:
http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/6569/maccy005bf4.jpg

westieg3's picture
Offline
Joined: Apr 4 2004
Posts: 465
that's one of the white model

that's one of the white models, not a clamshell. if yours is an ice model (and you're willing to dedicate the time), you could remove the paint from in the cover to make it clear. that has a good effect as well. can't tell if yours is an ice or a snow one though.

__________________

seven computers, and the collection is doomed to still grow

Jon's picture
Jon
Offline
Joined: Dec 20 2003
Posts: 2804
The OP has a whitish dual USB

The OP has a whitish dual USB iBook, which would be a square white one. We tend to think of the originals as the clamshells, for distinction, but clam shell really refers to the way the case opens not the actual case shape. Nearly all modern laptops are clam shell designs.

The easiest distinction for a painted inner shell iBook or an opaque shell is to look at the case edges and the inner plastics. iBooks with painted clear plastic show the screw holes and screws though the edges of the case and have a gray painted palm rest and screen surround. Opaques have white and show no signs of the screw holes other than where the heads of the screws are.

Also, all 600MHz and slower dual USBs have painted cases. All 800MHz and above have opaques. The only ones that really need to be checked are 700MHz ones, as they span the high/low end of the model lines during the switch.

__________________

I am not in this world to live up to other people's expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine. - Fritz Perls

westieg3's picture
Offline
Joined: Apr 4 2004
Posts: 465
well, looking at the shadow b

well, looking at the shadow being cast by the apple logo, it looks to be an ice model. i've done the clear case mod, and i'll admit i loved the results. plenty of instructions on here already, though, so i won't bother with detail.

__________________

seven computers, and the collection is doomed to still grow

olikicksmacs's picture
Offline
Joined: Dec 20 2003
Posts: 252
there is an 800mhz icebook :]

there is an 800mhz icebook :]

__________________

iMac Tangerine G3 600mhz (Gary), Dell Inspiron 6000 (Delila)

Jon's picture
Jon
Offline
Joined: Dec 20 2003
Posts: 2804
Factory, or third party casin

Factory, or third party casing swap? Wink

__________________

I am not in this world to live up to other people's expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine. - Fritz Perls

olikicksmacs's picture
Offline
Joined: Dec 20 2003
Posts: 252
factory :-) http://www.eve
__________________

iMac Tangerine G3 600mhz (Gary), Dell Inspiron 6000 (Delila)

dankephoto's picture
Offline
Joined: Dec 20 2003
Posts: 1900
if 'icebook' = clear-with-inside-painted-casing, then . . .

I think you're wrong. The iBooks with 16MB R7500 GPUs (700/800) and later use the opaque (though translucent) white polycarb shell (including all 800s and 900s.) The only 4 models to use the clear shell include the 500+600/8 vram with Rage 128 GPUs, and the 600+700/16 vram with Radeon GPUs. It's those overlapping 700s that get folks confused.

dan k

__________________

|| web page gone - curse you Comcast! | Applish goodies servers offline, sorry! |
» email macdan at comcast.net

olikicksmacs's picture
Offline
Joined: Dec 20 2003
Posts: 252
could have *sworn* that there

could have *sworn* that there was an 800mhz clear shell version. ah well.

__________________

iMac Tangerine G3 600mhz (Gary), Dell Inspiron 6000 (Delila)

protocol6v's picture
Offline
Joined: Apr 22 2006
Posts: 339
I have a 700 with clear shell

I have a 700 with clear shell.

__________________

MacBook Pro, 2.2GHz SR Core 2 Duo, 120GB HD, 2GB RAM,
PowerMac G5 Dual 2GHz, 3GB RAM, 1x 250GB HD, 4x 500GB HDs(Sonnet Tempo X4P), ATI Radeon 9650 256MB

Offline
Joined: Jun 28 2005
Posts: 13
ibooks

Apple's own web page on distinguishing among the various iterations of dual-usb G3 ibook uses "opaque" and "translucent" as opposing identifications:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=n88039

According to the info on this page, there WAS an 800Mhz "translucent" (which I take to mean clear-with-inside-painted shell) version of the 12inch ibook, as well as an "opaque" (white not painted polycarb) version. (Different release dates, I believe.) In addition, ALL 800Mhz 14inch ibooks were "translucent," with the switch to "opaque" shells coming with the 900Mhz model.

Sorry to beat what is probably by now a dead horse...

olikicksmacs's picture
Offline
Joined: Dec 20 2003
Posts: 252
thanks for clearing that up.

thanks for clearing that up. i was sure there was one because i wanted to do the case mod on the ibook with the highest spec, which was the 800mhz, the last one with the clear shell.

__________________

iMac Tangerine G3 600mhz (Gary), Dell Inspiron 6000 (Delila)

westieg3's picture
Offline
Joined: Apr 4 2004
Posts: 465
i was lucky enough to get a 7

i was lucky enough to get a 700 with the ice case. too bad i got it since i couldn't fix the graphics chip for the owner. it's since been parted out and is waiting for a new board and drive to rebuild since i put about 6 hours into making the case clear, and i'm not about to let it go to waste.

__________________

seven computers, and the collection is doomed to still grow