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    Unhappy Ibook problem
    I did a solder repair on my power plug, it won't reboot now, the screen lights up but all I get is a folder Icon with ?/finder icon. When I striped the machine I did it by direction found on the Metcalf site striped it down to the chassie when I removed the top cover the directions said to pull the ram out. I believe I was discharged and I didn't do an physical harm to the machine soldering was done out of the machine the only thing unplugged was the top cover plugs the ram and the power plug. I just need to make it work long enough to retrieve some files that's what I wanted to do the day I found the plug problem. It charges great now but won't start. Thanx! Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddriver View Post
    I just need to make it work long enough to retrieve some files that's what I wanted to do the day I found the plug problem. It charges great now but won't start. Thanx! Tom
    If this is all you need...then remove the iBooks hard drive...install it into a $5.99 external hard drive case, and retrieve your files by plugging the external hard drive into a 2nd computer.

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    I agree with Pigoo, but if you want to take it apart again, did you possibly kink the ribbon cable to the hard drive or is maybe it not plugged in all the way?

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    where do I find a case like that every thing I see around here is $40

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddriver View Post
    where do I find a case like that every thing I see around here is $40
    You just got to do a little bit of research...here's a few examples:

    Micro Center - 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure USB/IDE
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817334008
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...202&CatId=2782

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    It seems like you took the necessary precautions before soldering. Just my opinion (based on some experience though), but it sounds like the HD cable isn't properly seated. If it boots to the question mark, your iBook is telling you that it can't find a bootable hard drive. Depending on which iBook you have, you may need to also check the ribbon connector that attaches to the mobo.

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    I was thinking I might tear it down again and have a look I am ordering a "HD case" tonight just to have but I may end up using it for this anyway. Thanx for the help. Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddriver View Post
    I was thinking I might tear it down again and have a look I am ordering a "HD case" tonight just to have but I may end up using it for this anyway. Thanx for the help. Tom
    Yeah...those iBooks are a REAL pain to open up...but you gotta do what you gotta do!

    Good luck,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    It really doesn't sound like a fatal problem. Like others have been saying, it sounds like the ribbon cable isn't connected properly, so it can't boot from the HD.

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    OK Ibook up and running, ribbon cable loose, just like most everyone said. So I tried to reboot holding the t key down to shuttle info across a fire wire and nothing happened. Can anyone help me, I just want my files moved out of that pooter.Thanx T.

    HELP

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    Thank you! T

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