For the past few weeks, I've been slowly trying to resurrect an iBook Clamshell (Tangerine) with the hopes of having something resembling a modern machine around the house. This machine came to me when I was working as a science educator and with gifted students. The unit had belonged to one of my students, who decided that he didn't like Macs anymore, so he proceeded to wreck it. First, apparently he managed to trash the OS. Then, he physically beat the machine. There are signs of stress fractures in the handle, and a number of scratches on its shell. There is also a noticeable kink in the Faraday shell under the screen. The keyboard was physically rolled up, most of the keys torn off. The CD bezel is nowhere to be found.
But, the machine still powers up, and this is what gave me hope that it might be resurrected.
I've attached an external USB keyboard and have managed to get it to boot into OpenFirmware (thanks Doug!), but it cannot read the restore CD. In fact, the CD doesn't sound like its spinning up to the needed RPM; there is noise, but not much.
So, at this point, I'm not sure where to go with this. This is a tough situation. I need a machine that will run OS-X, but can't afford a new machine (not even a MacMini). I would prefer a portable unit, and this seems like a logical place to start.