View Full Version : replacement ibook keyboard and trackpad

28th May 2004, 12:59 AM
Hi. Wasn't sure if I should post in the trading forum or somewhere else, so don't shoot me.

Anyway, I have recently come into possession of a beautiful ibook g3 800mhz for an exceptional price from a friend who has now upgraded to a g4 powerbook. There are however two minor minor problems.

Firstly, a key on the keyboard is broken. The little plastic latch thing underneath has snapped. It is the F7 key so Iím not too concerned but would like it fixed all the same.

Secondly, the track pad is a bit worn in the centre and fingers donít glide across it as smoothly. It kind of feels sticky in the centre when running my finger across it (itís not sticky thought, itís just a different texture).

So, where can I get a replacement keyboard (or just the latchy thing) and track pad. Iíve been quoted $180 for a replacement keyboard from nextbyte but for the minor problem, this is ridiculously expensive.

My main concern is the track pad. Is there anything I can do to it short of replacing it to fix it somewhat?

Thanks :P

ps- be nice. I am a transitional convert (in the process of converting myself to OSX from XP)

28th May 2004, 06:24 AM
I am not exactly sure what you have broken, but...

This place (http://www.pbparts.com/shop/nt4s.html) has both iBook keys and the clip mechanism that goes beneath them.

Or this place (http://powerbookmedic.com/xcart1/customer/product.php?productid=16370&cat=336&page=1) has similar stuff.

As for the trackpad, it's a totally spoogey solution and might not even work, but perhaps you could cut a PDA screen protector to size and try that over the top? (May not work since you need electrical contact or whatever.)

-Ronin with Scissors

DISCLAIMER: I don't know the quality of those vendors having never used them, they just came up in a similar thread on another Apple board.

EDIT: The first place also sells trackpads as part of the palm rest assembly, but it's US$149

28th May 2004, 10:59 AM
Originally posted by Ronin+Scissors@May 28 2004, 07:24 AM
This place (http://www.pbparts.com/shop/nt4s.html) has both iBook keys and the clip mechanism that goes beneath them.

hrm. The small sissor thing from this place is exactly what I need however they are in the USA :( Don't happen to know a place in Australia?

Thanks for your help so far :P

28th May 2004, 11:11 AM
I'd assume that they buy Apple keyboards and break them down into parts, if this is the case I doubt that there would be sufficient market for someone to do this in Australia. You could try the Australian Apple Usenet groups, maybe someone there has a keyboard that has been broken down, assuming noone here can help you.

-Ronin with Scissors

EDIT: Alternatively you could try ringing individual Australian stores that are Apple service centres, you might get lucky and find one willing to sell you the part.