I was overjoyed to pull this baby out of the rubbish dump, another vintage Apple product for my collection of Vintage Apple stuff! Cradling it like a newborn in my arms I sped to the workshop next to my office to inspect its condition.
Sadly it had succumbed to the savage rigors of time.
The usual suspect has struck again. A NiMH rechargeable battery has dumped whatever caustic chemicals it housed out of its enclosure and all over the logic board of the Powerbook. The charging circuitry seems shot to hell (read: eaten away like your face after a french kiss from a xenomorph) and there’s a tanker spill’s worth of Copper Sulphate all over the guts of the thing.
A sorry state.
The system will bong on startup but there’s something wrong with the graphics output as all you get is that vertical yellow line which I’m almost 100% certain is due to this bastard:
The horrible thing has made a very unhappy mac out of this Powerbook and I’m doubtful as to whether I will ever be able to resurrect it.
I do actually already own a Powerbook 190 that’s suffered from exactly the same fate as the unit above. I saved the logic board so there may be some hope for it yet, but I’m not holding out much. The unit above does spin the hard disk up but without any display output it’s impossible to say if it’s even attempting to boot at all.
Let it be a lesson to us all: never store vintage equipment with the battery installed.