scottk wrote:
I could not figure out how to open up one of the ibook batteries for the clamshell. I ended up spending $90 and getting a new one.

And now the darn thing has a motherboard problem and it won't charge.

It just never ends.

What you have is a dead PMU/Charge board (a small board located on the front left of the iBook that controls charging) a simple fix (may not work but its worth a shot) to this could be a PMU reset on the clamshell, above the power button where it slands down by the display hinge, there is a small button. remove your battery and power supple, wait a few seconds, press this button with a paperclip, wait 5 seconds till you re install your battery and power supply and it should work, if not start hitting ebay.
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