Clamshell iBook docking pins

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doug-doug the mighty's picture
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Clamshell iBook docking pins

The only yo-yo I had for my Blueberry clamshell died and my failed attempt to repair it resulted in a fried mobo. My spare/backup mobo was known to be working but the problem is getting power to it. I was thinking of making a simple dock with two pins to go into the bottom of my iBook. I already know that the left pin (side near ports) is the +24V pin, but the right side (CD side) does not show continuity to ground - did I miss something?

I remember some time back a vague side discussion that touched on the pin holes on the bottom of these machines but I cannot find the thread. Does anyone know about (or had any success) running a clamshell off these pins?

TIA
-- doug-doug the mighty (in mighty serious need of getting data of his now-dead iBook)

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Not any help with the iBook, per se, but...

Universal IDE-to-USB adapters like this one are just about the neatest thing since sliced bread when it comes to getting data off orphaned hard drives.

(I paid $20 for a generic one that I'm pretty sure is the same circuit board as the NewerTech in a cheaper case.)

Just in case getting your iBook running turns out to be a futile effort, or whatever.

--Peace

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cool!!

This is so neat.

I was lucky enough to have astro-rob drop by tonight with his yo-yo adapter and we were able to dump my drive to a G4 desktop machine, thus allowing me to get some gotta-gave-tomorrow-morning-files onto a thumb drive.

The critical emergency behind this post was that I do EVERYTHING on my iBook and my yo-yo adapter died (at the plug to the mobo) and resulted in a short on my mobo. As luck would have it, I have a backup iBook mobo and screen, but no backup battery or power adapter. I had hoped to repair/rebuild my yo-yo as a charging dock with these two pins.

Rob and I were looking at this USB adapter wishing we had one right now as it took three hours to offload all my data...

I will have to ask Santa for this.

Thanks!

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