View Full Version : G3 Pismo Apple Logo Mod - How-To

20th April 2009, 06:12 AM
Welcome, Well, I am going to go through how to mod the Apple logo on a Pismo, So it glows blue (Or any color of your choice), Here is what you will need:

Small Philips Head Screwdriver
a LED light with the Color of your choice, (The LED light needs to have a wire about 40 CM long)
Box Tape (Can use other kind of tape, But make sure you have enough
Tin foil (That stuff that can be used for wrapping sandwiches and stuff)
a G3 Pismo
your Internal battery, Which will be sacrificed (Well, Mine was dead anyway)

Well, Lets get started

1: Open your Pismo the furthest it can go back
2: Remove keyboard using the two release clips
3: Unclip uhh, This thingy... (View pic)
4: Unplug and remove Remove Inverter board
5: Unscrew the 6 screws located here
6: Close screen, and remove the backing of the screen
7: Get Your colored LED light.
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8: Cut a path through the White Foam (See Diagram), (follow BLACK line)
9: Place LED where stated, and follow path , Taping it down as you go
10: Make sure the wire ends comes out of HERE, and here only
11: Get Tin foil, Fold over numerous times (This is to avoid the light shining onto the screen
12: Tape The foil over the apple symbol, and LED
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13: Open laptop
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14: Replace back, Making sure to push the wire through HERE
15: Replace screws that you took out in step 5
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16: Fold your laptop all the way like back in step 1
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17: Place wire through here, Making sure the inverter cable fits also
18: Re connect inverter board, And make sure it sits in the slot, Then replace the thing removed in Step 3, (This should snap in smoothly, if it doesn't, Check to make sure everything has snapped in properly, and that there are no cables in the way
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19: Guide the LED wire through this pattern, Making sure to make a loop here.
20: Use a small bit of tape to Tape the wire down here
Now for the fun part

21: Using the power connector for your old Internal battery, make sure you have over a cm wire
22: Strip the wires
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23: Strip the wires on the LED wire, if you haven't already done so
24: Twist the positive wire (Red) of the LED wire, to the Positive Wire of the Power connector (In come cases, Both wires are Black, in this case, Try to look for a white strip on one of the two, The white strip indicates that they are positive
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25: Twist the Negative wire (Black) of the LED wire, to the Negative Wire on the Power connector
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26: Using tape, Tape around the positive, And negative Wires separately
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27: Tuck Wires away neatly
28: Replace keyboard, *REMEMBER TO PLUG IT BACK IN*
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29: Replace battery, And power cord
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30: When you see it...

Well, Hope this was informative, If you need any help, or need to clarify something, Post, and I'll see what i can do.

20th April 2009, 02:07 PM
Look like a good idea, but isn't wrapping a plastic-insulated wire around a heat pipe not such a great idea?

20th April 2009, 08:29 PM
... I never actually thought about that, Well, Chances of that pipe heating up enough to melt the wire are slim, i have run this for weeks at a time (You see, i actually did this mod a while ago, But undid it, So i could write it up for Mactalk, and provide pictures.

20th April 2009, 11:01 PM
I'm gonna put some UV Led's in the Apple of my MBP when the Applecare runs out ;)

Also, what happened to your keys?

20th April 2009, 11:05 PM
The Key came off, along with clips, And the mac is too old to spend any money on, When it's time comes, it comes.

21st April 2009, 12:08 AM
That is one well-loved/used Mac. It's so...battered.

I can't work out where the power's coming from. You connected it to an internal battery, but you said it's dead? I don't think I quite follow that part. And the LED does turn off when the Powerbook's asleep, right?

21st April 2009, 12:34 AM
It is loved/used, Been everywhere, Had it since 2000, Used to be dads, Has gone through several Problems, Including being dropped from a meter high by accident, Err, Power is coming from here... http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l84/khybat/Extra1.jpg

Where you plug the Internal battery in... It provides just the Right amount of power for a LED to run,

And it stays on unless you remove all power, Mind you, with my original design, i wired in a kill switch for the light

(Also Yes, i did just use one of the other pictures, and Pointed out where i was talking about) :P

21st April 2009, 07:41 AM
Thanks for the guide Darkrider, we need more worklogs like these. They don't make 'em like they used to - I've seen too many Intel 'books fail for little reason, when models like the Pismo keep on going on after being bashed around.

I even snagged of the rare G3 900Mhz Powerlogix upgrades for mine, but it clearly overheated and chipped one of the CPUs in the process! Thankfully got all of my money back, and still have it, but G3 450Mhz it is for mine at the moment.


21st April 2009, 10:25 AM
Ah right, cool. Thanks for explaining Darkrider. :)