View Full Version : iBook Clamshell upgrade

Sep 8, 2012, 10:13 AM
Hey everybody,
I was looking at some ibook clamshells on ebay and they looked really cool but the best ones only sport a 366 g3. So I was wondering if i got a 1.33 g4 12" ibook and "put it inside the clamshell" for lack of a better phrase, would it be possible? I plan to show my clamshell to friends but there not going to be impressed if they can't even log into fb.

Sep 8, 2012, 02:58 PM
It won't fit. The logicboard inside those G3 iBooks is actually shaped the same as the computer & thats just that one part.

Sep 8, 2012, 03:41 PM
I wonder if there are other distros which can handle the clamshell specs? They are tiny by todays standards, and any flash is probably out of the question. Is it possible to log on to FB with alternative browsers like Dillo? The small lightweigth linux distros like puppy linux doesn`t come in powerpc version unfortunately. Lubuntu, Debian and mintppc would probably install, but how it will run I don`t know. Old hardware like this is not worth paying much for, if at all. If you are given one it might be fun to try though.

Edit; I just bumped into this (http://www.mintppc.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=954); there might be hope. I have had equally old regular PC run all fine with different open source distros, but they tend to have double cpu and ram specs, I have never used a clamshell.

tom vilsack
Sep 9, 2012, 12:24 AM
Buy your clamshell and forget osx..install mac os 9.2 (upgrade to 9.2.2)...then install classilla web browser...facebook away and impress your friends!


Sep 9, 2012, 08:21 PM
Thanks for all the replies! I think I'm just going to go ahead and buy one as a true piece of apple history.
Thanks again:apple:

Sep 9, 2012, 08:55 PM
In case MacOS 9 isn't sufficient, you could go with Debian, run FVWM, and use Midori as your main web browser. It's extremely easy to configure through apt-get and I've used it on 192 MB of RAM and the performance was amazing.