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I spent one day taking apart the 12" G4 iBook. I diagramed each layer, taped the screws to each layer of the diagram. Layer by layer I dug deeper until I separated each part that I thought might be causing the problems, and that could be easily replace. I'm leaving it in pieces until it's new hard drive arrives, cuz there is no way in Toledo, I'm putting it back together just to have the hard drive go out next week. Taking an iBook apart more than once every six months without getting paid to do so, is just crazy.

Today, I started on Wally. That's what I named my Apple IIe. He just looks like a Wally. I got my space on the desk ready, tools ready, surgery lighting ready, then dug in. The first thing I found myself loving was the top that lifts up like a car hood. Wow, how easy, how cool. Several screws and the bottom come off. A few more screws and the keyboard come off. Then I moved on to the disk drives. 4 screws each, and there they are.

I check the connections, removed the dust, saw dust, and spider webs and such. It was so easy, so uncomplicated and I was having a great time. The logic board even has labels for what is what, and what is connected where. Of course, there is a lot more open real estate to print the labels. But, it's still very cool.

Next, the put it back together phase. Looking around inside was so much fun I almost didn't want to Wally back together yet, but I did want to fire him up and see if the other disk drive would now work. Putting Wally back together was easy and quick. No 27 page .pdf file with step by step directions needed here.

Back together and ready to plug in. Wally powered up, but the disk drive #2 remained dark and quiet. Hmmm. The IIe monitor connected the second time, same thing. Dark, and quiet. Third try, connect it to the TV. Huston, we have an Apple II symbol on the TV screen. Dance around a little bit, then try to find a system software disk of some sort. Dance around some more, and insert a floopy. Strange writing appears on the TV screen and I rejoice. I have no idea what is means, or what it wants or needs, but there is communication. Dance around more...

Then I hear a strange sizzling sound. Sizzle, pop-pop. Smoke. Sm-Oh-ke! Magic Smoke! The Magic Smoke is escaping! I hit the power strip's off switch, but I think I was too late. I think Wally's power supply took a lethal dose.

No more dancing. But there was some quick movement of the feet to take Wally apart again, and get the stinky power supply out side before the overhead sprinklers rain down on this party. Been there, done that. That sprinkler system water is pretty rank.

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Comment by Timbotronik on December 4, 2008 at 2:07am
Poor Wally :( Save him!!!!
Comment by Wholly Mindless on December 4, 2008 at 8:56am
BUMMER! The candle that burns the brightest....
Comment by Kathryn on December 4, 2008 at 10:41am
Thankfully, eBay does have a list of power supplies for the IIe. We will be getting one soon, and a new floppy. I should try the other cable first to make sure it's not the cable huh? I'm surprised that the Sup R Mod gizmo on the side of the case still works cuz it's really kinda icky and corroded. I'm not giving up on Wally, he will live again.
Comment by Wholly Mindless on December 4, 2008 at 11:22am
Hey, before buying an "original" power supply, you might want to look into a LittlePower replacement at ReactiveMicro. They are much cooler and more efficient - unless you really like the retro power supply. I miss the brushed metal of an original //+ power supply. It was pretty.

(After a little more research, they look to be a little more pricey than I expected. But I haven't checked out the price of original supplies on eBay so maybe it's not that bad)
Comment by Kathryn on December 8, 2008 at 7:26am
That is a very cool web site. I didn't see any Apple IIe specific power supplies though. On eBay they range from $ 30 to $40. The Apple power supply, or the one that Apple supplied, is a nice looking box. I might gut it and use the box for something else. A Christmas ornament, a pencil box, fill it with rocks and make an Apple door stop.
Comment by Wholly Mindless on December 8, 2008 at 9:59am
At $30-40 it's cheaper to go original but the "LittlePower" link above goes straight to the page - Remember it's an actual replacement that allows a different power supply to power your //e rather than a physical look alike. I go with the original at that price.

The pretty boxes were neat - In the ][ it wasn't steel colored but kind of a bronze/gold anodized. An example is here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/sonnyhung/1244639883/in/set-7215760168...
Comment by Kathryn on December 8, 2008 at 11:24am
That guy has some very nice photos, and he seems to like the guts too.

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