how powerful could I get a clam shell to be upgraded to / is it possible to scrap the inards and put in newer more powerful stuff, mabey even intel and run OSX 86. I love the look of the ibook Clamshells but they are far to slow for them to be useful to me.
i tried googling to find the dimensions of the motherboard of the ibook. I couldn't find anything on it, however could u measure it or does someone else know the sizes?? Then it would be a case of finding a motherboard you are happy with that meets or is close to the sizes, a suitible power supply etc.
sounds like a really cool idea as the ibook clamshells are really cool laptops. good luck
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That is a pretty big task you want to undertake. Really as it stands you could get it running at 500mhz but it has a hampered bus. Fitting PC stuff in there would be tough as the motherboard shapes in laptops are all designed for the case they go into. I would love to see you try it though. Be sure to post pics if you do!
I've been tinkering with an iBook mod, I measured the circuit board from a G4 12" last week.
It's 21.6 cm x 16.3 cm (8 1/2" x 6 1/2") - quite a bit smaller than the iBook's case.
The two problems I foresee with this mod are: 1. finding a screen or video cable that fits, and 2. finding a way to integrate the ports into the original case - the clamshell iBook had the ports spread out in a curve, the new iBook has the ports are in a straight line.
Ditch the 12" 800x600 screen from the ibook and replace it with the 12" screen from the powerbook. The 12" white ibook screens will work too as long as you have the correct cables. The main challenges will be structural, mounting the logic board and figuring out where/how to mount the components in the new case. You may also find you will have problems with the keyboard and track pad as well.
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