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In an industry that values style and fashion, our young company had barely celebrated its first birthday when I realised its technology already looked out of date. The multicoloured clamshell shape of the iBook had arrived on the scene, utterly transforming the way our industry worked.

The leaf is missing

A common deficiency in used iBooks is the lack of the leaf near the large colored Apple on the top case. You will hardly notice when it gets lost.
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I had a good looking Blueberry iBook, which i preperred for my brother-in-law, and just this little blue leaf was missing. When i was cleaning up my daughter's room i found a plastic pearl in a beautiful shade of blue. The pearl was melted with a small burner and the liquid settled easily into the hole, where it solidified again.

Clamshell brainteaser: Who is Robin?

One day when i tried to install a new hard drive in a graphite firewire clamshell, i found the word Robin punched into the heatsink. Maybe a clever sort of unique identification in case of theft? But over the years, i did find two other Robin heatsinks in Clamshells from different parts of the world. Who is Robin? Did you find other words - Lady Marian for example? What is it good for - any suggestions?




Clamshell LG TFT 800x600 - 1024x768 from iBook G4




Here is a short video with a new 1024x768 screen. After a prolonged boot time the resolution switches from 800x600 to XGA, because of a firmware hack.
You need a Clamshell iBook with a LG LP121SA 800x600 LCD panel (15% of total number, IBM and Samsung were used more often)

Read more: Clamshell LG TFT 800x600 - 1024x768 from iBook G4

Keyboard mod: white vs. bronze

If you find the white keyboard a little boring, there is something you can do: get yourself a keyboard from a PowerBook Pismo. The bronze keyboard of the Clamshell's elder brother has exactly the same mechanical layout, only the connecting cable is different. For a switch you only have to remove the keycaps with leaving the mounting brackets in place. The keycaps of the PowerBook Lombard may work also, but i havn't got one of these, so you have to try yourself.

Read more: Keyboard mod: white vs. bronze

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