Ordered my new iBook!!!

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 19:25
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I have just placed my order for my new 14.1" Apple iBook. This compliments the other 6 Apples we have at home and at work, although it's the only portable. I have not yet been able to determine what the input voltage is on this thing, but if it's 12 volts, or lower, what are you guys out there using instead of going thru an inverter?

If I have to use one of my inverters, ( I only have modified square wave units ) so be it, but I thought I may be able to simply use a ready made adaptor with a built in regulator or something.

Cheers

Wolfie
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 19:36

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 19:36
Rush down to Dick Smith. I beleive they have they Kerio notebook adapter on special at the moment, 90 something down from 140 something. Do yourself a favour.
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 19:40

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 19:40
Ray, thankyou.....

Notebook adaptor, okay.

I will probably wait until I take delivery of the Apple, just to be sure of output voltage from thr tranny.

Cheers

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 19:41

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 19:41
.........oh.......

Your Rig Pic............ your walking because the ISUZU doesn't work anymore?
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 19:48

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 19:48
The Kerio has adjustable output voltage to suit many notebooks. Go to the DSE site, search on Kerio for the specs. You can also go to the apple site and get the specs of ya new machine.

haha, doesn't work, it's an isuzu of course it works. Seems to go even better today after installing the gps antenna :)
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 20:08

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 20:08
Ray, went to DSE site & had a look.

Have I got this right?

Charges through a USB Port? I thought USB was a 5 volt bus / data transfer...

I'm getting old..... :( ......all this new fangled stuff.......

I will have a look at it anyway, thankyou.

Cheers

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 21:22

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 21:22
Dunno what this usb and cell phone business is. The Kerio plugs into 12 volts and connects into the power in at the back of the notebook converting the voltage in the little grey box on the way. Trust me, I have one.

From the dse site:

This compact and lightweight notebook adaptor lets you use your notebook in aircrafts and cars. Features an efficient charging time of between just 1 - 2 hours and universal voltage adjustment to suit most notebooks

Features: The smallest product in the market
The lightest product weighing only 130g
With excellent power efficiency, it requires only 1 to 2 hours recharging time
New digital design
Complies with USB port in Notebooks and USB plug in cell phones
You can surf the net and recharge your cell phone while away from the office
Built-in circuit protection with 8 worldwide certifications and approvals
Universal unique voltage adjustments which adapt to most Notebooks
Specifications:
Power
Input: 11~15 VDC, 7.0 A (Max)
Output: 15~24 VDC, 5.0 A (Max); 72 watts of continuous power
Fuse Type: 5AG, 8A 250V
Reliability
Input: Low voltage shut down
Input: Over voltage limiting
Output: Over current protection
Output: éShort circuitê shut down
Internal over temperature shut down
Physical
Input Power Cord: 60 cm
Output Power Cord: 60 cm
Power Adapter: 95 mm x 42 mm x 21 mm
Construction: UL rated 94V- 0
Weight: 130 g +/- 1%
Environment
Temperature: 0 - 40º
Relative Humidity: 5 ~ 95% ( non-condensing )

Cat No. M9695
Category: Notebook - Accessories

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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 21:25

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 21:25
I think they must be talking about those usb cables you can get to charge your mobile phone. I don't know why they mention that.
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Reply By: V8Diesel - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 20:47

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 20:47
Got a dusty and very expensive Mac G4 Titanium sitting in the safe at home. Can't run Magellan Mapsend, can't run OziExplorer, can't run the UBD, can't run the phone book CD's, Nokia CDMA 'PC Suite' is a nightmare, Telstra don't have any OSX tech's on staff at all and don't intend to get any.....where do I stop. Vitrtual PC is utter crap and works at the speed of a pentium 2 at best.

Don't want to rain on your parade but have you factored all this stuff in to your decision to buy a new Apple. Remember, OSX is a totally different and incompatible operating system to OS9.

Apologies but I'm still fuming over the top of the line white elephant I bought. It's BETA vs VHS all over again. BTW - I have no affiliations or any connection with the computer industry whatsoever.

urrrggghhhhh.....
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Follow Up By: joshinthecity - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 22:48

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 22:48
Diesel.
Are you interested in selling it?

I have been thinking about buying an older mac that will run Panther to try to get a handle on the whole Mac thing, before shelling out for the laptop I want...

I can be contacted at jstar@theplanet.net.au if you are interested. Got to be better that having it sitting in the safe !

Josh.

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Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 23:32

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 23:32
Josh, thought about it many times but unfortunately Mac runs rings around PC when it comes to video editing. Got Final Cut Pro 4 but find I use iMovie for most stuff, and for quick turnaround nothing else even comes close. As soon Adobe Premiere has an iMovie clone, it's yours.

Probably got a bit hot under the collar when I look back at what I wrote before, but honestly I got so frustrated not being able to do all that stuff. Even the DOLA satellite imagery website won't work on a Mac running OSX. However, what Macs do, they do better than PC's. Still own 4 Macs of various vintages.

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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 07:31

Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 07:31
Yes, I'm hearing you, about the white elephant thing.

Always had Mac's...... for about 15 years now. Love em........

Bit like Yota vs Nissan....... although the Apple has only around 10% of market share.

Cheers

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 08:27

Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 08:27
Wolfie, always had Mac's too, this is my first PC. I think in years to come when software developers make more and more available for OSX I will definately switch back. Miles and away a better machine to use allround.

In the meantime however, the full use of my GPS, OziExplorer, Natmap, UBD, phone book on disk, instant free satellite imagery and bluetooth phone hookup makes PC the best option for me.

Re Tojo vs Nissan.....I own both!

Cheers Wolfie. (BTW If you've got a Mini DV camera, have a play around with iMovie, it's f&@%ing brilliant)
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Reply By: JamieMac - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 21:21

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 21:21
iBook is 24v unless they have changed recently.

I have just bought a 350watt modifes sine wave inverter which for my iBook, amongst other things. It causes a hum through the audio when running a DVD or iTunes. Appears only to be at higher volume levels through the Speakers, Headset or Car Stereo using cassete adaptor.

I am running through a surge protector so am hoping that there are no issues with the 'dirty' power signal into the adaptor!! But have reconsidered the Kerio option if it is under $90. Looked at the Kerio but it was a good $50-60 more than the iinverter ($89.95). Will be checking out the Dick Smith option now though I think the extra for a full sine wave inverter might be the go as I can run many other things with it.
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 07:33

Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 07:33
Okay, that raises some issues with me, as i use iTunes all of the time.

Time for some experiments i feel.............

Cheers

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: JamieMac - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 08:41

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 08:41
Added this as a reply below also but here it is for your direct benefit Wolfie:

Have just bought a 300watt pure sine wave inverter from Tandy for $194. Has two outlets and is a bit bigger than ideal. It works with no hum and should power everything without trouble, lets see what the reliability is like now!

Could not resist as the modified sine wave (MSW) one caused hum as stated above. Have gotten my money back on the the MSW one so all is good.

Jamie
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Reply By: steve - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 21:29

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 21:29
I have just been through this for my new Dell. Ended up having to go with the inverter, as much as I hate having 240v inside the car. Even though I could get a 12-19.5 volt adapter, the new centrino Dells require a signatre produced by the original power supply to actualy charge the battery. The 12v adaptor will run the computer, but not charge. The other factor was that when not charging they will only run at less than half maximum speed.

Don't know if this applies to others, but something to consider.

Steve.
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Follow Up By: Member - W.Wallace - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 23:31

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 23:31
Steve,
Where did you get this info re: the new Dell's?
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 07:34

Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 07:34
Steve.........thankyou........

Something else for me to consider......

Cheers

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: steve - Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 08:50

Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 08:50
My info came from the chat site on Dell's own website. Seems to be fairly common knowledge on there. Pitty none of the so-called experts in any of the shops I visited could give any usefull information like that. Saved me wasting $150 bucks on something useless. May only be a Dell trait, but suspect it could be any Centrino powered machine. Probably not a consideration for Apple then.

Steve.
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Reply By: Utemad - Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 09:03

Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 09:03
I use an inverter to power my HP laptop and have done for a year. Longer if you include a Toshiba I used to have. Wouldn't run my Dad's Dell though. Even with the Dell switched off just trying to charge the battery it would put the inverter into overload protection. It is a Jaycar unit 200w for $100. Modified sine wave. It has never given me any trouble running computer gear from it (excdept Dell). Why buy a $90 adaptor that can only run laptops when you can get an invertor for the same money that will run just about anything?

Utemad
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Reply By: terracan tim - Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 18:23

Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 18:23
hi tim here I brought a power tech plus dc universal switchmode power supply from tandy cost $79.00 can select from 15volt to 24 volt anything under 15volt can be supplied by your standard 12volt adapter as we`speak I am using it now as I left my power supply at work use one of those cheap power packs from super cheap auto good to see its good for something wont jump start my 4x4 or boat. beware with the invertors that if you dont get a switch mode one you will end up burning them out have been through 2 of them since the begining of this year till i brought the dc power supply now no problems

just my 2 cents worth

ps part number mp-3462
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Follow Up By: terracan tim - Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 18:35

Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 18:35
sorry that part number is a jaycar part number I forgot that my tandy store is also a sudeo Jaycar store

Tim
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 19:29

Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 19:29
To all that have replied........ Thankyou.

I have a few options to go through now.......

Cheers

Mobile Wolf
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Reply By: Puddin & Gumnut (Sydney) - Saturday, Jul 17, 2004 at 15:13

Saturday, Jul 17, 2004 at 15:13
Wolfie,If you plan on using it with ozi explorer check first as I don't think Ozi works on macs.
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Saturday, Jul 17, 2004 at 15:23

Saturday, Jul 17, 2004 at 15:23
cheers......

Purely for use with a Screenplay Writing program

Cheers

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: Puddin & Gumnut (Sydney) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 10:22

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 10:22
I didn't know you could buy a program to write screenplays for you, sure takes the work out of it. hehehe
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 10:39

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 10:39
Wish it were that easy!

Cheers

Wolfie
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Reply By: JamieMac - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 08:39

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 08:39
Have just bought a 300watt pure sine wave inverter from Tandy for $194. Has two outlets and is a bit bigger than ideal. It works with no hum and should power everything without trouble, lets see what the reliability is like now!

Could not resist as the modified sine wave (MSW) one caused hum as stated above. Have gotten my money back on the the MSW one so all is good.

Jamie
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