Getting my Powerbook 1400c running

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Getting my Powerbook 1400c running

I found two of these in storage and I know that one of them has both a processor upgrade and ethernet card installed.  

I want to get it running as both a Localtalk to Ethernet bridge (from my Mac SE/30 - I have the Apple bridge software) and a station to work with 3.5" diskettes and Zip drives (I have both modules).

I am sure both batteries are dead and I cannot locate my power supply.

Are there cheaper alternative power supplies available or must I look for a used one that works?

Will this model work plugged into 110v AC with the battery module removed, or must it have a functioning battery available?

Thanks!

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The 1400 will work with power

The 1400 will work with power adapters for the 2400, 3400, G3 series and clamshell iBook -- they're pretty common. The machine will function just fine without the battery, though on that subject, you'll want to disassemble both laptops and remove the internal clock (aka PRAM) batteries as they're known to leak over time.

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remove PRAM battery

Good tip!

I removed the rechargable batteries, but now I will research disassembling the units so that I can remove/replace the PRAM batteries!  Thanks!

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PRAM batteries

The Apple Manual says the PRAM batteries are rechargable.  Do you think they still need to be replaced?

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The cells used as reserve

The cells used as reserve batteries in PowerBooks are Lithium Vanadium Pentoxide types which are rechargeable. They have been observed to commonly leak after 20 years which is why replacement is recommended. They are still available, but relatively expensive as this is a specialty chemistry.

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robespierre wrote:The cells
robespierre wrote:

The cells used as reserve batteries in PowerBooks are Lithium Vanadium Pentoxide types which are rechargeable. They have been observed to commonly leak after 20 years which is why replacement is recommended. They are still available, but relatively expensive as this is a specialty chemistry.

 

REALLY?!?

Amazon sold me: Panasonic VL2330-2 Lithium Coin Cell Battery, 3V, VL2330/HFN Rechargeable (Pack of 2) for $14.99.

Did I buy the wrong rechargable batteries?

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