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How to make a headless older PowerBook work
Authored by: mike666 on Nov 17, '05 11:29:31AM
If you care about keeping the display's cables intact, then take it to your local Apple specialist - they should only have to charge you about an hour of labor. If you have some means of protecting the machine against ESD (if you don't know what ESD is then don't go any further - take it to someone who knows what they're doing) some manual dexterity and don't care about the cables, it is possible to remove the display without removing the logic board. You can cut the video connector leads under the left clutch cover and then remove the connector from the logic board. Just don't do the same for the inverter cable or you'll have two bare high-voltage leads hanging either outside or loose inside your machine. I won't go into a step by step but the inverter cable can be unplugged from the top by lifting up the keyboard. If you're savvy enough to try any of this, you should be able find it on the right under the case. Once unplugged, the cable and connector attached to the display will slide out through the hole under the right clutch cover.

One tip about using a headless TiPB: if you can find a small magnet, place it just to the right of the trackpad - may take some expermentation to find the sweet spot - with the machine on the PB will sleep as soon as you find the right spot. Note that spot, shut down and then tape the magnet in place. Now when you power the machine up it will think the display is still attached and closed and will automatically mirror an to an external display (more importantly, you'll get video if you need to get into Open Firmware or need to run Apple Hardware Test).

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How to make a headless older PowerBook work
Authored by: peragrin on Nov 17, '05 02:55:07PM

Yea this works, oh boy does it work. I sometimes use my AI 12" PB with an extra keyboard. The problem my setup put the isight in a bad position, so I have to tilt it down a bit. I was playing around with using the magnet mount above the battery and accidently tripped it into sleeping. my sweet spot looked to be between the enter and left arrow keys about a 1/4 of the way down.

I thought once I was found but it was only a dream

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