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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

Internal USB port (for use with bluetooth)


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Are the rumors true?
I've read in multiple sources that the new iBook has an "internal" USB port with enough real estate to fit a Bluetooth adapter.

This would be nice. (considering I did not have the factory install bluetooth for me)

Apparently this "rumored" USB port is on the board, and not simply accessed by lifting up the keyboard.

Anyone have any info, proof, or experience?

If this internal USB is a hoax has anyone had any luck installing an internal bluetooth module.

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Im not sure, but it doesnt make a big difference, linksys makes bt to usb adapters that fit fine into most usb ports, like this one:http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...10293&pfp=cat3
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Im not sure, but it doesnt make a big difference, linksys makes bt to usb adapters that fit fine into most usb ports, like this one:http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...10293&pfp=cat3
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A device sticking out of the side of my computer is something I have now. Any folks have any luck putting a BT inside their ibooks?
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Thanks mac man.
A device sticking out of the side of my computer is something I have now. Any folks have any luck putting a BT inside their ibooks?
I'd also be interested to learn more about this. Bump for you.
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There is some work involved but it's been done.

http://www3.telus.net/thewitt/BT/
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Have a new 12" iBook G4 w/BT coming tomorrow. Going to drop an 80gb in it so I'll look for the BT adapter and where its plugged into. Will post photos if allowed.

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Are the rumors true?
I've read in multiple sources that the new iBook has an "internal" USB port with enough real estate to fit a Bluetooth adapter.

This would be nice. (considering I did not have the factory install bluetooth for me)

Apparently this "rumored" USB port is on the board.
Anyone have any info, proof, or experience?
If this internal USB is a hoax has anyone had any luck installing an internal bluetooth module.

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To the guy putting in a new hardrive....Thanks. Although I can tell you that the factory installed bluetooth is not simply an off the shelf plug in. Let us know what you find. And let us know how your hard drive install goes.
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Got the 80gb in no sweat. Gotta tell ya. Apple has really re-engineered this thing. Its so easy to take apart compared to the G3 ibook. SWEET. Anyway, the BT adapter is right under the r/h forward corner of the trackpad. It has 4 wires coming out of it that plug into its own connector on the MB. The antenna is just below the "home-pgdn-end" keys. I have a USB BT adapter and looking at it, I would say with a little tweaking you can make it fit in the same space.

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Your pictures are money. Nice work. I'm guessing that that slot would be just empty on a new G4 purchased recently. I appreciate the info.
I'll have to find a nice small blue tooth adapter.....and run some wires to the empty white slot. Very cool.
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So can anyone confirm whether or not this is indeed an internal USB port
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