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Battery for iMac

Message #1 - Posted 2004/04/02 - Bill Dixon

Hi,

I have a friend who has a G4/800 iMac (the "lampshade" one with a 15 inch LCD screen).

It appears that his computer battery is dead as the date/time keeps reverting to 1904.

On an initial inquiry to the Apple Centre I was told that the battery is not "user replaceable" and the battery warranty expires after 12 months. On asking what it would cost I was told "a packet".

I have replaced many batteries in older model Macs but have not had the chance to have a look at/open up this particular computer.

I am aware of the exorbitant prices that Apple charge for batteries and how one can get similar items for half the price from Jaycar.

Is anybody able to guide me in the right direction through a similar experience with a defunct battery in the "lampshade" model?

Bill Dixon

Message #2 - Posted 2004/04/02 - Ribfeast

The batteries last at least 3 years, yours should not be flat yet. Try resetting the logic board (press the button underneath the bottom metal panel) and see if it holds the date after you put it back in. If not, then go buy a 3.6V Lithium PRAM/clock battery and a torx screwdriver (T12 I think).
Lie the iMac on its face on a soft surface to protect the screen. Unscrew the 4 philips head screws and remove the bottom plate off the iMac. Unscrew the 4 torx screws with the torx screwdriver and pull the bottom casing off. You will see the logic board etc, just shove in a new battery and reset the logic board using the button on the bottom (or the battery will go flat in around 3 days).
Screw the casing back on etc and power it up. Set the date & time.

On 2/4/04 4:25 PM, in article BC93448F.A8B5%wdixon@netspace.net.au, Bill Dixon wrote:

Hi,

I have a friend who has a G4/800 iMac (the "lampshade" one with a 15 inch LCD screen).

It appears that his computer battery is dead as the date/time keeps reverting to 1904.

On an initial inquiry to the Apple Centre I was told that the battery is not "user replaceable" and the battery warranty expires after 12 months. On asking what it would cost I was told "a packet".

I have replaced many batteries in older model Macs but have not had the chance to have a look at/open up this particular computer.

I am aware of the exorbitant prices that Apple charge for batteries and how one can get similar items for half the price from Jaycar.

Is anybody able to guide me in the right direction through a similar experience with a defunct battery in the "lampshade" model?

Bill Dixon

Message #3 - Posted 2004/04/02 - Paul

1) NEVER go to an Apple Centre to get anything fixed
2) NEVER ask an Apple Centre about anything regarding repairs 3) phone Apple and ask where the closest Apple Repairer is located and talk to them. In Brisbane it's AWA.

Paul

Bill Dixon wrote:

Hi,

I have a friend who has a G4/800 iMac (the "lampshade" one with a 15 inch LCD screen).

It appears that his computer battery is dead as the date/time keeps reverting to 1904.

On an initial inquiry to the Apple Centre I was told that the battery is not "user replaceable" and the battery warranty expires after 12 months. On asking what it would cost I was told "a packet".

I have replaced many batteries in older model Macs but have not had the chance to have a look at/open up this particular computer.

I am aware of the exorbitant prices that Apple charge for batteries and how one can get similar items for half the price from Jaycar.

Is anybody able to guide me in the right direction through a similar experience with a defunct battery in the "lampshade" model?

Bill Dixon

Message #4 - Posted 2004/04/03 - Graley

I had my battery replaced from the local, Sunshine Coast, Applecentre in a G4 for $30. No waiting just smiling efficient service. As to appropriateness of price, I dunno.

Graley

Previously, Bill Dixon wrote:

Hi,

I have a friend who has a G4/800 iMac (the "lampshade" one with a 15 inch LCD screen).

It appears that his computer battery is dead as the date/time keeps reverting to 1904.

On an initial inquiry to the Apple Centre I was told that the battery is not "user replaceable" and the battery warranty expires after 12 months. On asking what it would cost I was told "a packet".

I have replaced many batteries in older model Macs but have not had the chance to have a look at/open up this particular computer.

I am aware of the exorbitant prices that Apple charge for batteries and how one can get similar items for half the price from Jaycar.

Is anybody able to guide me in the right direction through a similar experience with a defunct battery in the "lampshade" model?

Bill Dixon

Message #5 - Posted 2004/04/04 - Andrew

I just sold our emac after 2 years (got another one with dvd/cdrw & 1 GHz) and I had to replace the battery in the old one. It was flat after only 2 years ! (yes it really was flat)

Cheers Andrew

On 2/4/04 5:59 PM, in article 406d1d4d$0$20085$afc38c87@news.optusnet.com.au, Paul wrote:

1) NEVER go to an Apple Centre to get anything fixed 2) NEVER ask an Apple Centre about anything regarding repairs 3) phone Apple and ask where the closest Apple Repairer is located and talk to them. In Brisbane it's AWA.

Paul

Bill Dixon wrote:

Hi,

I have a friend who has a G4/800 iMac (the "lampshade" one with a 15 inch LCD screen).

It appears that his computer battery is dead as the date/time keeps reverting to 1904.

On an initial inquiry to the Apple Centre I was told that the battery is not "user replaceable" and the battery warranty expires after 12 months. On asking what it would cost I was told "a packet".

I have replaced many batteries in older model Macs but have not had the chance to have a look at/open up this particular computer.

I am aware of the exorbitant prices that Apple charge for batteries and how one can get similar items for half the price from Jaycar.

Is anybody able to guide me in the right direction through a similar experience with a defunct battery in the "lampshade" model?

Bill Dixon

Message #6 - Posted 2004/04/05 - Ribfeast

I work at an Applecentre, I thought my comments were most helpful :) Have you had some bad experiences in the past with one or something? I work in Newcastle and things seem to go smoothly here, however Sydney is a bit more cutthroat/competitive which might explain your woes.

On 2/4/04 5:59 PM, in article 406d1d4d$0$20085$afc38c87@news.optusnet.com.au, Paul wrote:

1) NEVER go to an Apple Centre to get anything fixed 2) NEVER ask an Apple Centre about anything regarding repairs 3) phone Apple and ask where the closest Apple Repairer is located and talk to them. In Brisbane it's AWA.

Paul

Bill Dixon wrote:

Hi,

I have a friend who has a G4/800 iMac (the "lampshade" one with a 15 inch LCD screen).

It appears that his computer battery is dead as the date/time keeps reverting to 1904.

On an initial inquiry to the Apple Centre I was told that the battery is not "user replaceable" and the battery warranty expires after 12 months. On asking what it would cost I was told "a packet".

I have replaced many batteries in older model Macs but have not had the chance to have a look at/open up this particular computer.

I am aware of the exorbitant prices that Apple charge for batteries and how one can get similar items for half the price from Jaycar.

Is anybody able to guide me in the right direction through a similar experience with a defunct battery in the "lampshade" model?

Bill Dixon

Message #7 - Posted 2004/04/06 - Mike Dee

Previously, Ribfeast wrote:

I work at an Applecentre, I thought my comments were most helpful :)

So then; Can you answer his Question? Are clock batteries in "lanpshade" iMacs user changeable?

Mike

Have you had some bad experiences in the past with one or something? I work
in Newcastle and things seem to go smoothly here, however Sydney is a bit more cutthroat/competitive which might explain your woes.

On 2/4/04 5:59 PM, in article 406d1d4d$0$20085$afc38c87@news.optusnet.com.au, Paul wrote:

1) NEVER go to an Apple Centre to get anything fixed 2) NEVER ask an Apple Centre about anything regarding repairs 3) phone Apple and ask where the closest Apple Repairer is located and talk to them. In Brisbane it's AWA.

Paul

Bill Dixon wrote:

Hi,

I have a friend who has a G4/800 iMac (the "lampshade" one with a 15 inch LCD screen).

It appears that his computer battery is dead as the date/time keeps reverting to 1904.

On an initial inquiry to the Apple Centre I was told that the battery is not "user replaceable" and the battery warranty expires after 12 months. On asking what it would cost I was told "a packet".

I have replaced many batteries in older model Macs but have not had the chance to have a look at/open up this particular computer.

I am aware of the exorbitant prices that Apple charge for batteries and how one can get similar items for half the price from Jaycar.

Is anybody able to guide me in the right direction through a similar experience with a defunct battery in the "lampshade" model?

Bill Dixon

Message #8 - Posted 2004/04/06 - Mike Dee

Mike Dee <emteedee@optushome.com.au> wrote in news:emteedee- 9EEF53.10402106042004@news.individual.net:

Subject: Re: Battery for iMac
From: Mike Dee <emteedee@optushome.com.au>
Newsgroups: aus.computers.mac

Previously, Ribfeast wrote:

I work at an Applecentre, I thought my comments were most helpful :)

So then; Can you answer his Question? Are clock batteries in "lanpshade" iMacs user changeable?

Oh my bad, Sorry, I see that [Ribfeast] had answered his q. in an earlier post. I hadn't read the whole thread before I posted.

Mike

Message #9 - Posted 2004/04/06 - Ribfeast

I gave him full directions on how to do it a few posts up. According to Apple they are not user replaceable, same story with the DDR SDRAM (non-SODIMM) slot on the motherboard. But doesn't stop anyone with a torx screwdriver from doing it anyway. There are no 'warranty void' stickers to tell the techo's that the computer has been opened previously. So the chances of voiding your warranty are extremely low. Just follow anti-static procedures to be safe.

On 6/4/04 10:40 AM, in article emteedee-9EEF53.10402106042004@news.individual.net, Mike Dee wrote:

Previously, Ribfeast wrote:

I work at an Applecentre, I thought my comments were most helpful :)

So then; Can you answer his Question? Are clock batteries in "lanpshade" iMacs user changeable?

Mike

Have you had some bad experiences in the past with one or something? I work
in Newcastle and things seem to go smoothly here, however Sydney is a bit more cutthroat/competitive which might explain your woes.

On 2/4/04 5:59 PM, in article 406d1d4d$0$20085$afc38c87@news.optusnet.com.au, Paul wrote:

1) NEVER go to an Apple Centre to get anything fixed 2) NEVER ask an Apple Centre about anything regarding repairs 3) phone Apple and ask where the closest Apple Repairer is located and talk to them. In Brisbane it's AWA.

Paul

Bill Dixon wrote:

Hi,

I have a friend who has a G4/800 iMac (the "lampshade" one with a 15 inch LCD screen).

It appears that his computer battery is dead as the date/time keeps reverting to 1904.

On an initial inquiry to the Apple Centre I was told that the battery is not "user replaceable" and the battery warranty expires after 12 months. On asking what it would cost I was told "a packet".

I have replaced many batteries in older model Macs but have not had the chance to have a look at/open up this particular computer.

I am aware of the exorbitant prices that Apple charge for batteries and how one can get similar items for half the price from Jaycar.

Is anybody able to guide me in the right direction through a similar experience with a defunct battery in the "lampshade" model?

Bill Dixon

Message #10 - Posted 2004/04/06 - Ribfeast

All good mate :)

On 6/4/04 2:12 PM, in article Xns94C39070698E5emteedee@130.133.1.4, Mike Dee wrote:

Mike Dee <emteedee@optushome.com.au> wrote in news:emteedee- 9EEF53.10402106042004@news.individual.net:

Subject: Re: Battery for iMac
From: Mike Dee <emteedee@optushome.com.au>
Newsgroups: aus.computers.mac

Previously, Ribfeast wrote:

I work at an Applecentre, I thought my comments were most helpful :)

So then; Can you answer his Question? Are clock batteries in "lanpshade" iMacs user changeable?

Oh my bad, Sorry, I see that [Ribfeast] had answered his q. in an earlier post. I hadn't read the whole thread before I posted.

Mike

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