MacBook into 12" PowerBook Case

Posted by: zerziez

MacBook into 12" PowerBook Case - 12/13/07 01:09 PM

Is this possible? Has anyone done it?
Posted by: macDeviant

Re: MacBook into 12" PowerBook Case - 12/13/07 04:28 PM

Welcome to macmod.

I think this is dimensionally impossible. Not like Krang from Dimension X (TMNT) I mean more like the ports are in different places, the motherboard is physically different. Not to mention things like the keyboard connection to the motherboard as well as the lcd connection too.

Not to shatter any hopes you had but yeah... Realistically can't be done.

macDeviant
Posted by: modyourmac

Re: MacBook into 12" PowerBook Case - 12/13/07 05:40 PM

having taken apart and repaired more than my share of both 12" powerbooks and 13" macbooks, I can say that its functionally impossible. Firstly, the components aren't sized right to fit in the casing. Follow that with the fact that there's no mounting points, and that major components are all in different places. Then if you want, you can delve into power issues, and the fact that the batteries are different. Furthermore, the connectors from the logic board to the inverter and reed switch assemblies are different, so you wont be able to connect up video. Finalize that with the fact that the two machines use utterly different cables to connect up the top cases, which include trackpad and keyboard, and you're looking at an idea that would be cool if it were possible. However, when it comes down to it, the reality is that you'd spend more time hacking it together to have a questionable system, in order to have a one inch smaller machine.

In my opinion, I'd rather have the macbook anyway. They're more durable and of better construction than the 12" powerbooks to begin with. Many, if not all of us who fix Mac's for a living, much prefer the Macbook to the 12" powerbook. The 12" really is the machine we all love to hate.
Posted by: zerziez

Re: MacBook into 12" PowerBook Case - 12/14/07 01:14 PM

Thanks guys. I didn't think it was something that could be done, but i figured i would ask the experts here. Thanks for the detailed answers!