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Make your iBook G4 keyboard better!
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Zoc
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Mar 25, 2004, 11:38 AM
 
I discovered a neat little thing about the g4's keyboard just now. Look closely at the light for "num lock," and you'll see it has a little slot. Get something like a jeweller's screwdriver and give the slot a half turn, and a little plastic tab will pop out and, if you push the keyboard down, into a slot on the inside of the case.

Hey presto, the keyboard is no longer squishy, and now resembles the keyboard on a Powerbook! It wasn't terrible before, but now it is firmer and much more pleasant to use. According to an Apple pdf, this keyboard "lock" is open by default. I can't imagine why. Try it!
     
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Mar 25, 2004, 11:58 AM
 
This little screw has been there since the first DUAL USB iBook (almost three years ago already). Not sure if it's the same on the clamshell. I guess the keyboard is not locked by default to let people add extra memory/airport card.
     
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Mar 25, 2004, 12:53 PM
 
Damn, so it's old news. I was pretty excited about it for a second there. Still, perhaps this thread will remind someone who'd forgotten of it.
     
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Mar 25, 2004, 12:59 PM
 
I've never heard of it before. I'm currently saving for an iBook so I'll keep it in mind...thanks for the tip.

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Mar 25, 2004, 02:04 PM
 
Originally posted by pat++:
This little screw has been there since the first DUAL USB iBook (almost three years ago already). Not sure if it's the same on the clamshell. I guess the keyboard is not locked by default to let people add extra memory/airport card.
The clamshell had it too. I owned an iBook for a few months before I noticed it.
     
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Mar 26, 2004, 04:14 PM
 
Yeah it's very useful. Just make sure that service people know about it if you're ever getting more RAM or something - so that they don't just try to rip the keyboard out .

Also, I just saw someone with a Japanese iBook 800MHz G4 yesterday, and the keyboard on that is a bit different. I haven't seen any other iBook G4 so I'm not sure, but it seemed a lot more like the new Powerbook keyboards in terms of firmness and feeling.

More interesting, however, was that it didn't have this little screw tab that we're talking about.

Anyway, I hadn't really seen an opaque white iBook before, and I far prefer the old style... my one's style .
     
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Mar 26, 2004, 10:06 PM
 
Actually, I have a Japanese iBook too, and mine does have the little tab. Maybe there was a different production run or something?

I think you're right, the older translucent keyboards are nicer looking than the new ones, but the new ones feel better.
     
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Mar 27, 2004, 05:15 PM
 
i don't know what you guys are talking about, the keyboard feels plenty solid to me without giving it the half turn
     
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Mar 27, 2004, 06:45 PM
 
good to know, planning to get one for uni

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Mar 28, 2004, 01:19 AM
 
I don't really notice any difference between before or after turning the screw. But it is good to know about.
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