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    I'm the proud and now the sad owner of an IBM PowerPC Thinkpad 850

    It is now ** not working ** in the sense that poweron reveals nothing

    So I'm looking for a fellow enthusiast to help me

    a) either get it working

    b) take mine away for parts for your working system

    Obviously I'd rather get it working, but since I have 2 batteries, 2 CDroms, 2 Hard Drives and have swapped all in and out and still a blank screen I fear all is lost

    So, over to the forum. Help please?

    regards marcus b

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    Aww man, I want...these things are so hard to come by...
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    Try forums.thinkpads.com a few people there have PPC Thinkpads.
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    I have seen the power bricks around. I do believe some of the normal Intel thinkpads used the same one.
    Once you have that you should just need to slide the power switch and it will come to life (or at least the row of status LEDs will light up). It will however be cranky if one or both of the two DRAM memory cards are missing.
    = Excellent space heater

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    Quote Originally Posted by amouse View Post
    I'm the proud and now the sad owner of an IBM PowerPC Thinkpad 850

    It is now ** not working ** in the sense that poweron reveals nothing

    So I'm looking for a fellow enthusiast to help me

    a) either get it working

    b) take mine away for parts for your working system

    Obviously I'd rather get it working, but since I have 2 batteries, 2 CDroms, 2 Hard Drives and have swapped all in and out and still a blank screen I fear all is lost

    So, over to the forum. Help please?

    regards marcus b
    There is one AC Adapter listed on eBay UK...Search for "IBM 35G4796"

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    Here's an Ebay listing for one from the States
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-ac-adapt...item3ccb3ffdd2
    -Marcoguy

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    That's the same brick I got. I can assure you it would work.
    = Excellent space heater

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