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crammedberry
Feb 13, 2011, 01:47 AM
Hey guys... I looked around and it doesn't seem like many people have attempted this...

I had an iBook G3, that was excruciatingly slow... as expected for a computer that is 10 years old. Just a couple of weeks back the HD inside the laptop died, so I decided to try and see what difference an Solid State Drive would make on a computer this old, and if it was worth it.

I ran into some problems, which forced me to open up the computer more times than I'd like... at least I'm iBook proficient now.. haha...


My thoughts... the SSD was definitely worth it... it used to be that the HD was the bottleneck, even though the computer's processing capabilities weren't exactly enterprise class, there was considerable amount of waste, in having the the rest of the system wait for the HD to catch up...

Now it seems that the bottleneck is the processor, since it is maxed most of the time with the HD easily breezing through....

The computer boots very fast... programs run very fast... all the 'fast' is a given, seeing as it's an SSD... a HUGE improvement, processing wise it's still the same, but at least I don't have to wait around since loading things is almost instant.

iBook G3 600MHz 640MB 32GB SSD



tom vilsack
Feb 13, 2011, 02:12 AM
very cool......

tiger?

i had thought about same thing with my mini ppc,but went with samsung 160 gig 8mb mainly because of $

how is browsing web? did you notice a big difference or does cpu still slow things down?

Naavanka
Feb 13, 2011, 02:17 AM
Great man!

Im getting a powerbook g4 15" 1.67GHz really soon and ive been thinking about the ssd change.
Is it possible to buy a sata ssd and fit it in with a pata to sata cable?
Mainly because the sata ssds are cheaper:)

tom vilsack
Feb 13, 2011, 02:48 AM
nav looks like it might work with adaptor

http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/Installing-PowerBook-G4-Aluminum-15-Inch-1-67-GHz-Hard-Drive/638/4

adreamer12
Feb 13, 2011, 03:31 AM
Can you give more info on which SSD you used, price, etc.

ftored
Feb 13, 2011, 05:06 AM
This is very interesting. I am using my 12'' 1ghz Powerbook, but i find it really slow when opening programs or using spotlight.

OK i am using 10.5.8 and i guess tiger would be better. But i was looking of ways to boost its performance as it's the only laptop that i got right now.

I don't need any processing power because i only use it for simple coding and word/spreadsheet processing.

Really need some more info about it. And that Ide to Sata adapter thing:)

crammedberry
Feb 13, 2011, 11:26 AM
It's sped up a bit in almost everything... including a little bit in web browsing... I'm assuming since the spotlight/paging processes are faster with the SSD, it doesn't have to spend much time/resources on them. I'm running tiger... which runs quite well given a 10 year machine.

I used a KingSpec 32GB SSD which I got for $85 shipped on ebay
It's a native PATA, so I didn't have to use any adaptors... when I was looking for a replacement HD I considered trying to mess with an SATA drive, but there really isn't any room inside the machine, an adaptor wouldn't fit. It is possible inside a bigger machine, like an iMac G4 but not a laptop.

I'm pretty happy with it... and considering PATA drives are so hard to find these days and most of them go for the price of the SSD anyway, it was a nice experiment. When I was testing it it didn't seem to show much improvement (benchmark wise... I used xBench)... but practically it was pretty obvious... everything is so snappy, so maybe I'm just bad at testing.

jchase2057
Feb 15, 2011, 06:09 PM
i was going to do the same with my g4 but decided i needed more space more than more speed.

love to see people using ibooks

dinobot
Feb 22, 2013, 08:47 AM
I can't partition my Kinspec 32gb pata SSD with ibook... I'm trying install Tiger 10.4.6 and disk utility says "operation timed out" after 40 minutes formatting... But recognizes it properly!

dinobot
Feb 24, 2013, 10:24 AM
I get

ioatacontroller device blocking bus

Intell
Feb 24, 2013, 10:28 AM
Your SSD may have failed. I suggest making a new thread about your problem.

onecut
Feb 23, 2014, 02:13 AM
It's sped up a bit in almost everything... including a little bit in web browsing... I'm assuming since the spotlight/paging processes are faster with the SSD, it doesn't have to spend much time/resources on them. I'm running tiger... which runs quite well given a 10 year machine.

....

Hi, i just did the same for my iBook g3 clamshell but I get some strange wake up issues. Like black screen and have to reboot. Did you noticed that?

Thanks