di Matteo Festorazzi e Settimio Perlini
Apple is taking some time to get a Bluetooth antenna and I/O guts inside its PowerBooks so Matteo Festorazzi couldn't wait any longer: here is his mod to get a PowerBook G4 with real Bluetooth capabilities inside and no dongle attached.
|Here are the 2 components that will help us to reach our goal: an USB/Bluetooth Adapter from Mitsumi and a standard USB Extension cable that will be used only for the "female" receptacle.|
first step is to get rid of the lower part of Titanium chassis:
with a cybertool alla the screwdrivers were taken away revealing
the bottom of the PowerBook.
From left to right you can see the Optical Drive, the Hard Drive and the Battery, upon that the Airport Card
|Now we cut the "female" side of the USB extension, removing also the plastics that can reduce a strong connection with the USB adapter.|
|The extension Plug and the Adapter are lining up with a constant widht that will fit a space inside the Titanium. Now we have to do the wiring to the USB port.|
how the wiring is done the internal side of one of Titanium's USB
connectors: don't take the color codes as good, each cable has his
own color coding: the picture can be useful to know where the wires
have to be soldered on the mainboard.
You have to use a low power tool.
here we are at the end of the installation: the extension and the
USB adapter perfectly fit in the space left between the Optical
Reader Box and the metal that stiffs the back of the Titanium.
No glue was used, no screws: you can remove the Bluetooth inside at any time.
The only minus is that you loose the functionality of the USB port when the adapter is connected: it is permanently used by the Bluetooth inside.
the view from the upper side if you remove the keyboard.
The range of Bluetooth signal, once the adapter is mounted inside the Titanium, and the case is closed, is drastically reduced from 5-6 meters to 60-70 centimeters: but it's enough to getting a t68i from SonyEricsson in sync and to get rid of IRDA connections or serial cables.
we have a real "Titanium Bluetooth inside!"
you want a better solution that works with new 1Ghz Tis and Digicom
don't do this at home! Especially if you're not aware of the dangers
of soldering wires on your mainboard and voiding your warranty.
This mod is only a sample of what can be achieved by curious users. Don't follow any wire combination pictured here and in the linked page: the colors of USB adaptors' wirings are different from model to model.
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