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Apple's original iBook was the computer equivalent of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's album. With its whimsical toilet-seat design, its fruity colors, including orange, blueberry, and lime, and its built-in antenna for wireless networking, it was a daring departure in both style and technology from the boring, boxy portable PCs of the Windows world.

Peter Lewis, Fortune magazine

iClam: XGA Clamshell on Ebay

The Ebay USA vendor odds-n-ends4you sells maxed out Clamshell iBooks with a 1024x768 display panel - starting bid around 500 US$, but only for buyers in the USA and Canada. Apparently he uses no OpenFirmware Hack and DVD Playback works as to be seen on Youtube. The Clamshell Modification Project published a new method using the terminal application to achieve the correct communication with a XGA Display panel, but there are no informations if the DVD playback problem is solved or not.

iBook modification project

The major drawback of the Clamshell iBook is the limitation of the 800x600 screen specially in OSX, which was build for larger screens. On the iBook modification project page you can find instructions how to connect a 1024x768 screen to your Clamshell. There are still some limitations concerning DVD playback.

The discussion started at macnnforums in december 2006, but now the thread was closed because the project moved.

iBook model overview

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iBook colours
Top row: Tangerine, Blueberry
Bottom row: Graphite, Indigo, Keylime

 

Model

iBook

iBook SE

iBook, 2.Edition

iBook SE, 2.Edition

Colour

Tangerine, Blueberry

Graphite

Indigo,
Key Lime

Graphite,
Key Lime

introduced
discontinued

21.7.1999
13.9.2000

16.2.2000
13.9.2000

13.9.2000
01.5.2001

Price USD
Price DM
Euro

$ 1,599
DM 3749
EUR 1917

$ 1,799
DM 4249
EUR 2172

$ 1,499
DM 3999
EUR 2045

$ 1,799
DM 4699
EUR 2403

CPU Speed Prozessor
L2 Cache

300 Mhz PPC750
512KB

366 Mhz PPC750
512KB

366 MHz
PPC750CX
256KB

466 MHz
PPC750CX
256KB

Bus Speed

66 MHz

Integr. RAM

32/64 MB

64 MB

Max RAM

544/576 MB

576 MB

RAM Slots

1x PC66 3,3V 144pol SODIMM

Graphics

ATI Rage Mobility 128 2x AGP , 4MB VRAM

ATI Rage Mobility 128
2x AGP, 8MB VRAM

Minimum OS
Maximum OS

8.6
10.3

9.0
10.3

9.0.4
10.4

Harddisc
ATA
max

3.2/6 GB
ATA-2
128GB

6 GB
ATA-2
128GB

10 GB
ATA-2
128GB

screen

12.1", 800 x 600, 24-bit SVGA

CD/DVD

24xCD

6x DVD

USB ports

1x1-12MBit/s (USB 1.1)

FireWire

no

1x1-400MBit/s

Ethernet

10/100 (RJ-45)

Modem

v.90

AirPort

internal AirPort slot 11Mbit IEEE 802.11b

video out

no

composite

H/W/D

29,5cm/34,3cm/4,6cm

Weight

3,04 Kg

Power adapter

Apple 45W Power Adapter M7332 (YoYo)

Battery

Li-Ion M7426 / Li-Ion M6392

iBook harddisk swap quick and dirty

There is a much more easy way to put a new harddisk in your iBook Clamshell - only 19 screws which takes only 8 min 17 seconds (without time to re-assemble)
The trick is to remove the screws in the region where the HD is located and bend the EMI shield in order to fish the HD out.

Read more: iBook harddisk swap quick and dirty

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