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    Nov 23, 2009
    Question iBook G4 ac adaptor pin
    The central pin of my AC adaptor has broken off inside the socket.

    It has broken, of course, just around the plastic section.

    About 4mm of pin is now stuck in the hole.

    I know that problems abound with these AC adaptors, but this is a new one on me.

    I have a 'spare and repairs' iBook so it wouldn't be unreasonable for me to open the machine up and replace the socket with an old one from the cadaver.

    Obviously this is quite major surgery and we don't want to open these things up any more than necessary.

    Has this ever happened to anyone else?
    Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can extract the pin from the socket?

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    Aug 06, 2004
    2GHz Mac Mini 2GB RAM 160GB 10.6.2 | MDD DP 1.25GHz G4 1.5GB RAM 10.4.11 | 233MHz iMac G3 10.3.9
    Are you able to see the end of the pin broken off inside? AFAIK iBook G4 is not terrible to disassemble.,repair,comment,-ibook%20g4

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Nov 23, 2009
    If I shine a light in the hole, I can see the pin stuck in there. Nothing protrudes.

    They are not terribly difficult to take apart, no, once you have the case off, but it is very easy to break the case.

    If there was some technique using a hat pin or a giant electromagnet or bubble gum, I'd rather try that first.

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    Nov 23, 2009
    So no one has any smart ideas?

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