I am looking at getting an upgrade to my good ol 3400c and have been looking at the much loved Pismos. The seem to REALLY hold their value, some even going for more than a low end Aluminum PowerBook!
I really can't afford a perfect one (much less a G4!) but found one that seems to have minor problems. Here is how he describes it:
"This is a used Apple Powerbook G3 14" Pismo Powerbook. 400MHz, 1 MB Cache, I believe it has either 256 or 512 MB, 10 GB Hard Drive, 8MB Video, DVD. Has some general wear on casing including small crack on side running from battery to keyboard (about 1 inch.) This unit has both OS 9 and the original OS X on it. AC Adapter NOT included. Hard drive has been cleaned of all personal documents, however I believe it still holds most of the operating software like Microsoft Office. Why I’m selling? This Powerbook has power problems. It is unidentified, however it is suspected to be either the power adapter port or the power unit itself is defective. There is no AC Adapter included, however, when hooked up, it may receive charge but will not power up. Probably a simple fix, but at this point does not turn on. Maybe replace power unit?"
I believe my 3400 AC adapter will work, I wonder if my Battery will fit (probably not).
Are Pismos known to have certain problems like this?
Are they easy to fix?
I was able to tear apart my 3400 to replace some parts and got it back together without any extra parts left, I can solder and do some basic circuit testing so this one may be within my skills.
Now, how much is it worth? I think about $100-150. In perfect shape I see these selling from $250 to $500 depending on configuration, etc.