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I can install my ibook's hinge in reverse! (Video inside) Answered

~~Im taking my ibook apart because the fan is just about pooched, and then I can put an external fan on the heatsink and disconnect the old internal one (the bearings are seized). I've seen it done on other laptops but I can't find anything on google about installing the hinge on an ibook in reverse so the the main part of it with the keyboard can fold up behind it.~~ ~~Is this at all possible???? Oh yeah and its a ibook g4, not a clamshell~~ Well guys, I've made it possible, the wires reach perfectly, and all I need to do now is enclose my ibook in a heavy duty metal case and install a touch screen thingy over top of the lcd (I don't want to replace the whole lcd). This is awesome guys, why isn't anyone commenting?

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Punkguyta

9 years ago

Come on people, I've actually 80% converted my ibook G4 to a tablet mac. How many people can say that?

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PunkguytaReCreate

Reply 9 years ago

Not too hard. I've since gotten rid of this ibook, the lcd crapped out on me. It was already ready to go before I modded it.

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ReCreatePunkguyta

Reply 9 years ago

the LCD cracked? Most of the time the case is that the wire is not long enough to be on the other side, i snapped my backlight wire trying :(

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PunkguytaReCreate

Reply 9 years ago

No no no, the backlight went on it. I did actually wreck an lcd once in an old 433mhz AMD laptop, but that was because I decided to take the lcd frame apart to see about making a projector out of it, and wouldn't you know, I put the CCD tube in the stupidest place, Ze floor, where it got broke by Ze foot. But no, the ibook backlight died very slowly, I've used that laptop so much that I actually burned the backlight tube out, I could tell it was going because the screen was ridiculously dim compared to a new ibook.

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ReCreatePunkguyta

Reply 9 years ago

Ah, The backlight went bad. A 433 AMD? Was it By chance a AMD k6?

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PunkguytaReCreate

Reply 9 years ago

I believe it was a K6, surprisingly the laptop mobo had an ordinary Socket 7 like you would find on most older computers. I was always curious about seeing how high of a processor it could support, but I ended up giving the main body of the laptop away after I broke the lcd, as the laptop still had video out.

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ReCreatePunkguyta

Reply 9 years ago

I think they're Clock is 400, I have one, And it's Clocked at 398 MHz or so, AMD K6.

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CameronSS

9 years ago

Is it still possible to fold it shut normally, to protect the keyboard and display during transport?

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PunkguytaCameronSS

Reply 9 years ago

Naw, I removed the keyboard and trackpad. If there was a touch screen, there would be no need for either nowwww would there?

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CameronSSPunkguyta

Reply 9 years ago

*facepalm*

Yeah, I'll actually read the topic next time.

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caitlinsdadPunkguyta

Reply 9 years ago

Please turn on the light as the video is too dark to see anything. I still don't get what orientation the motherboard was in or if you have pics of the replacement fan. So the keyboard is still attached on the back but flipped up because you can't fold it flat? I'll probably have to wait for you to do an instructable but what you have now is just a laptop that is very awkward to use where you have to bend over backwards to see the screen correctly when using the keyboard.

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Punkguytacaitlinsdad

Reply 9 years ago

I'm sorry for no clarification. Aswell, it seems that Youtube darkens my videos, there's more than enough light when viewing the orig files on my desktop, but it seems every file I upload from my digital camera comes up dark in youtube.

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kelseymhPunkguyta

Reply 9 years ago

Very nice! Did you take detailed enough pictures to do a proper I'ble? I am confident people will be interested.

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Punkguytakelseymh

Reply 9 years ago

Ummm.....crap. Well I wasn't working under the greatest of lighting at the time. But being it's only taped together. I don't see why not. I'm not sure about covering an entire disassembly of the ibook as I kinda broke some of it in the process, and there's already detailed take-apart guides at ifixit. Give me some time. I need to build some kind of florescent light rig for taking pictures, nothing makes a good picture like a nice bright one without using the flash.

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caitlinsdad

9 years ago

In most laptops there is usually some sort of flex printed flat mylar ribbon connector that wires up the motherboard to the keyboard and display. I guess what you are trying to do is to place a larger heatsink on the CPU where the processor itself is on top of the motherboard somewhere under the keyboard. Maybe you should rig up some sort of case thickness extender ring to increase the depth of the case. It'll add a bit of bulk but if you do it in a fancy wood and finish, it's like adding a burl walnut trimpiece to a fancy automobile. Or machine it in aluminum or carbon fiber/resin. It might be easier to fabricate and do this instead of trying to match a full cover for the motherboard that you will need in pivoting the case open backwards. Trying to bend and flex those connectors going the opposite way with the motherboard in the same position might cause it to break. Good luck.

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Punkguytacaitlinsdad

Reply 9 years ago

Yes, I have a very similar plan for in the future, but for now I just want to get it shaped up like that in reverse. It's not a ribbon cable surprisingly, it's a round cable with some sort of metallic cloth around it (probably for shielding). Theres a part in the cable where it goes to a square, and it's taped down (to fit into the case properly). I think there may just be enough slack :P.

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PunkguytaPunkguyta

Reply 9 years ago

:O :O :O :O SH***** I was just looking at it now... I ripped the ribbon cable for the trackpad :O :O :O :0 :0 me wants to cry now

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lemoniePunkguyta

Reply 9 years ago

New image? (I liked Blockhead best...) L

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lemoniePunkguyta

Reply 9 years ago

Oh yeah. Nice work on the G4 too. L