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Did Apple change the iBook power cord?

Message #1 - Posted 2004/06/25 - hobo

I am trying to help a friend sort out his computer woes. He bought a used iBook and bought a new power cord for it, which didn't fit into the socket. By power cord I mean what goes in betwen the computer and the wall socket, including the little space ship thing. This friend claims that my power cord worked on his iBook when he tried it. I don't remember this, but that's what he says. Right after he bought it he shipped it to a relative in Morocco as a present so I can't test it in person without flying over the Atlantic. He says that the new Apple power cords don't work on the iBook he gave as a gift and that he needs a new(used?) one before he flies back to Morocco on a visit in 2 weeks. My iBook was purchased in late 2001.

My questions are:

Was there a change in power cords? I know the new ones light up, but are they a different size?

If the new ones are different, where can my friend buy a new one?

Message #2 - Posted 2004/06/25 - nospam

Previously, hobo wrote:

Was there a change in power cords? I know the new ones light up, but are they a different size?

If the new ones are different, where can my friend buy a new one?

the clamshell ibooks and older g3 powerbooks use a thicker plug and all the white ibooks and titanium and aluminum powerbooks use a thinner one.

the clamshell ibooks shipped with a yoyo style adapter and a thick plug and the first white ibook (500mhz) shipped with a yoyo style adapter and a thin plug. the rest of the white ibooks (600mhz on) shipped with the square white adapter which is a thin plug.

if you need to go from thick power adapter to thin computer, get:

<http://www.madsonline.com/index.html?ggap.html~mainFrame>

Message #3 - Posted 2004/06/26 - Neill Massello

hobo wrote:

Was there a change in power cords? I know the new ones light up, but are they a different size?

If the new ones are different, where can my friend buy a new one?

If the iBook has one USB port, it requires the old, wider DC power tip; otherwise, it can use the current Apple AC adapter. If your friend can't (or doesn't want to) use the Apple adapter, there are several non-Apple alternatives from Kensington, MadsonLine, Century Global, and others.

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