I’m impressed you’ve gotten this far with this system!
Sadly, this series had its issues. The CCFL back light inverts tend to burn out and the wires tend to fail, The CCFL lamps wear out so you loose brightness as they degrade like your kitchen or bath room fluorescent lights do. They also have Mercury vapor so they need to be disposed of properly and are no longer being made. The older Nicad batteries this series used are no longer being made.
In its time it was a great system! The technology at the time was not overly good from lifespan perspective not only for this system but all being made with the same parts at the same time (IBM, Sony & Toshiba).
You also have other risks as the older OS9 this series uses is not very safe from viruses & malware. Apple has long since stopped any security up dates for it.
So is it possible get going again?
It will take a bit of work locating other systems which still have good working parts to salvage, that’s going to take time and luck as well as a fair amount of money!
Its not a system I would use day to day, its a system I would have on display as it was a fantastic system worth admiring.
So you’ll need to think on what to get to carry you forward for a new system. How about getting a used 2012 13” MacBook Pro? It’s what I would get as a replacement.
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