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Standard User DIOGENES
(member) Thu 02-Dec-10 14:33:13
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iBook takes a bath


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14" iBook G4 bought 2004 from John Lewis, fortunately with extended guarantee.
Trouble free till now.
Every so often I delivered a little pep talk to my wife, emphasizing that drinks should not be placed near the iBook, as liquids and laptops do not mix well.
Recently I had to use her iBook and unusually I had placed a glass of liquid near it & when I finished typing I promptly knocked the full glass over the keyboard.
Drenched the keyboard and liquid dribbled from the computer air slots, so everything had a good soak in Bell's & Dry Ginger, which I had not even started to drink.
Propped iBook in hinges down position to encourage draining, switched off & removed battery.
I admit to feeling stupid after all my warnings about the demon drink.

The iBook went off to insurance repairers & came back with just a new keyboard installed - no other damage reported.
No charge.
It seems to work OK - BUT
keyboard is now unpleasant to use with keys having a sticky feeling and rquiring more push than the original. And some keys are stiffer than others, so it is quite easy to not press hard enough, leading to typing errors.

So are there any UK suppliers of good "built in" keyboards for a 14" G4 iBook?
Apple do not seem to bother.
The following supplier looked promising, but no stock.
http://www.bluescale.co.uk/categories/Apple-Laptop-K...
Any ideas?
How difficult is it to install a replacement "built in" keyboard?

If no good "built in" keyboards are available, can I buy a stand alone keyboard & connect to iBook via USB?
If so, is there any recommended one which feels good to use?

I am keen to get a satisfactory outcome, as my name is mud at the moment, at home.

Edited by DIOGENES (Thu 02-Dec-10 15:01:09)

Standard User defcom
(experienced) Thu 02-Dec-10 16:07:06
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Changing keyboard http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/Installing-iBook-...

New keyboard http://www.thebookyard.com/product.php?manufacturers...

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Standard User Desmond
(sensei) Thu 02-Dec-10 18:54:50
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Try here. You could also try ebay. They often have used parts for all sorts of macs.

Des

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Standard User djfunkdup
(committed) Thu 02-Dec-10 19:00:53
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the biggest issue here is you 'murdering' whisky with ginger ale wink

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Standard User Desmond
(sensei) Thu 02-Dec-10 20:36:14
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A gallon of it was cheaper than a case of Tenants Super at Aldi. wink

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Anonymous
(Unregistered)Thu 03-Mar-11 16:50:38
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Thanks for the helpful replies in December. Here is the story so far.
I contacted the supplier
http://www.thebookyard.com/index.php
and bought a "new" keyboard, which was installed but 3 adjacent keys did not work.
It was returned and 6 weeks later another "new" keyboard arrived.
This was installed and has proved fine so far.

Although an installation method by "fixit" was suggested by one contributor <defcon>,
I did find that Apple also provide these for several iBook models.
http://support.apple.com/kb/index?page=search&src=su...
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iBook G4 and iBook G4 (Early 2004) - Keyboard - Replacement Instructions
Keyboard
http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/ibg4-kyb-cip1.pdf

Thanks again for the advice.
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