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IBook Clamshell Startup problem after Upgrade

I just replaced my clamshell G3 3GB HD with the 15GB Hard Drive from my iBook 3G Dual USB. It has System 10.3.9
I know it needs at least 128GB Ram to function and I only have the original Ram.
But I wanted to see if it would TRY to boot with the new HD. It does NOTHING when I try to start.  Like there is no power In fact, the power input that USUALLY lights up just by plugging it in, no longer lights up.
Did I do something wrong in re-assembly or is this what it does with insuficcient Memory.
I had sucess with replacing the HD on my iBook 3G Dual USB, and it is a lot more complicated that the clamshell.  BUT It's possible I missed something in re-assembly. I want to be sure before I tear the clamshell apart again. Thanks, Randall

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Given that the "power ring" no longer lights up, I am wondering if the DC-in board is mis-connected in some way. No light = no power going to logic board, and no power going to charge the battery.

An alternative test would be to borrow a charged battery from another clamshell. If the machine boots, you know that there's something askew with the DC-in board.

BTW, there are excellent take-apart guides for iBooks at iFixit.com

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