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program to recondition batteries?
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Mar 18, 2001, 03:04 AM
Anyone have, or know where to find, a program that slowly reconditions older Powerbook batteries? I remember reading information about the freeware program, but I haven't a clue at the moment which website had it.

My Powerbook 145's battery lasts about 2 minutes at the moment. It was so well made, my wife still types up medical reports on Word with it.
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Mar 18, 2001, 08:53 AM

maybe you will find something here
Battery Reset 2.0: Read Me http://til.info.apple.com/techinfo.nsf/artnum/n60655

or here
Intelligent Battery Recondition Software: Read Me http://til.info.apple.com/techinfo.nsf/artnum/n18489

You could also go to http://til.info.apple.com/
and enter “Battery Recondition" or "PowerBook 145" as a search term.


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Mar 18, 2001, 04:23 PM
Good effort, but none of the sites in the last post will do you any good. Don't bother.

The Intelligent battery came with the 500 series (the original 68LC040, not the new one). A battery reconditioner also came with OS 7.5.3 for 5300 and 1400 powerbooks, the Duos with NiMH batteries, and maybe the 3400 with later OS. Apple won't have any software that would be useful for your 1xx series powerbook. They didn't even make a utility for that way back when.

You need a copy of Battery Amnesia, which is a shareware utility. You may be able to find it at versiontracker.

You should also find a copy of ResetPwrMgr, which will do a thorough reset on your internal power chip.

Battery Amnesia will work, but it will take several tries. And the battery might just be totally dead. You can get a new one at mcglen.com . The same battery will work for 140-180c powerbooks (but not the 100) and the 1xx series.

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Mar 18, 2001, 04:32 PM
You can try this link, but you'll need Stuffit Expander to open it:

Good luck.

BTW, I recommend a new battery from mcglen. They have some offshore source for new batteries that work great. If you need other parts (such as a keyboard) you can contact sales@powerbookguy.com and he can help you out.

YOu can also visit the author's homepage here


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