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pcfast
Apr 24, 2013, 10:31 PM
I have an iBook G4 (933 Mhz) and I was looking to see what RAM sticks I could buy to upgrade the from the 256MB it currently has. It looks like Crucial doesn't "officially" sell any RAM that will fit my iBook G4.

What I'd like to do is upgrade to 1GB of RAM. According to EveryMac it seems people have upgraded to 1GB on these iBook models.

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/ibook/specs/ibook_g4_933_14.html

I was wondering if anyone has put in a 1gb RAM module with a iBook g4 (933 Mhz) with success? If so, please let me know.



California
Apr 25, 2013, 01:16 AM
I have an iBook G4 (933 Mhz) and I was looking to see what RAM sticks I could buy to upgrade the from the 256MB it currently has. It looks like Crucial doesn't "officially" sell any RAM that will fit my iBook G4.

What I'd like to do is upgrade to 1GB of RAM. According to EveryMac it seems people have upgraded to 1GB on these iBook models.

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/ibook/specs/ibook_g4_933_14.html

I was wondering if anyone has put in a 1gb RAM module with a iBook g4 (933 Mhz) with success? If so, please let me know.

Of course you can. I think I even have a chip of PC2100 ram, though I think it is only 512mb. I think you have 256mb built in or maybe only 128mb built in.

justperry
Apr 25, 2013, 01:41 AM
Screenshot, I don't really understand the 1.12 GB though!

Edit: Keep in mind that it will cost you probably half of what your iBook is worth, that is for new RAM, you might find it second hand on Ebay.

California
Apr 25, 2013, 01:53 AM
Screenshot, I don't really understand the 1.12 GB though!

Edit: Keep in mind that it will cost you probably half of what your iBook is worth, that is for new RAM, you might find it second hand on Ebay.

What it means is his iBook has 128mb built onto the logic board.

I've got a 512mb PC2100 chip I'll sell for cheap, let me know, OP, that will bump you up to 640mb ram.

justperry
Apr 25, 2013, 03:04 AM
What it means is his iBook has 128mb built onto the logic board.

I've got a 512mb PC2100 chip I'll sell for cheap, let me know, OP, that will bump you up to 640mb ram.

Oh, wow, didn't know there where Apple Laptops which had this.

California
Apr 25, 2013, 04:50 AM
Oh, wow, didn't know there where Apple Laptops which had this.

All the G4 and I think G3 iBooks had ram built in, except maybe the clamshell g3s.

The final G4 iBooks had 512mb ram built in.

justperry
Apr 25, 2013, 05:01 AM
All the G4 and I think G3 iBooks had ram built in, except maybe the clamshell g3s.

The final G4 iBooks had 512mb ram built in.

If this is the case then why didn't both my Pismo and PB G4 1.67 don't show more memory in the RAM section of System profiler?
The Pismo had a 128 MB and a 256 MB RAM module and the G$ has a 1 GB stick, the G3 Pismo said it had 384 MB which is what was installed, and the G4 says 1 GB, not 1.something.

666sheep
Apr 25, 2013, 05:37 AM
^^^All iBooks G3 and G4 have onboard RAM chip, Clamshells too (different sizes, depending on model). Of PowerBooks only 12" was equipped with it.

And to the OP: if it won't be possible, everymac and other sources won't state that. And I wouldn't advice you to buy 1GB stick in your other thread ;)

California
Apr 25, 2013, 09:37 AM
If this is the case then why didn't both my Pismo and PB G4 1.67 don't show more memory in the RAM section of System profiler?
The Pismo had a 128 MB and a 256 MB RAM module and the G$ has a 1 GB stick, the G3 Pismo said it had 384 MB which is what was installed, and the G4 says 1 GB, not 1.something.

Uh, Pismo is a Powerbook G3, not an iBook G3.

The Powerbook G4 is a Powerbook G4 NOT an iBook G4.

The only Powerbook that had onboard ram was the 12" Powerbook G4. I don't know about the older Lombards, and AFAIK, my ancient 145b Powerbook did not have onboard ram.

The first two PB 12" G4s -- 867mhz and 1ghz had 128mb onboard ram.

The next two, the 1.33 and the 1.5ghz had 256mb onboard ram.

There is a big difference between "iBook" and "Powerbook".

justperry
Apr 25, 2013, 09:45 AM
Uh, Pismo is a Powerbook G3, not an iBook G3.

The Powerbook G4 is a Powerbook G4 NOT an iBook G4.

The only Powerbook that had onboard ram was the 12" Powerbook G4. I don't know about the older Lombards, and AFAIK, my ancient 145b Powerbook did not have onboard ram.

The first two PB 12" G4s -- 867mhz and 1ghz had 128mb onboard ram.

The next two, the 1.33 and the 1.5ghz had 256mb onboard ram.

There is a big difference between "iBook" and "Powerbook".

Yeah, see it now, must have read over it, sorry about that.:o

^^^All iBooks G3 and G4 have onboard RAM chip, Clamshells too (different sizes, depending on model). Of PowerBooks only 12" was equipped with it.

And to the OP: if it won't be possible, everymac and other sources won't state that. And I wouldn't advice you to buy 1GB stick in your other thread ;)

Then explain to me why Mactracker says 1.12 GB, I am not saying you are wrong, I just think it's kinda odd.

EveryMac says:

*Apple reports that the maximum memory capacity of this system is 640 MB with 128 MB onboard and a 512 MB SO-DIMM. However, third-parties have been able to upgrade the system to 1152 MB with the 128 MB onboard and a single 1.0 GB memory module.

skateny
Apr 25, 2013, 09:46 AM
You can certainly add 1GB. I did so with my iBook from a trusted eBay seller that deals almost exclusively with Macs. (Not me or anyone I know.)

I paid $21.99, shipping included.

California
Apr 25, 2013, 09:54 AM
Yeah, see it now, must have read over it, sorry about that.:o



Then explain to me why Mactracker says 1.12 GB, I am not saying you are wrong, I just think it's kinda odd.

EveryMac says:

Everymac switched its numbers around. It is precisely 1.128gbs. 128mb ram is built in.

I've owned about 10 ibooks and 20 Powerbooks in my day, but never the 933mhz iBook 14". Always heard it was a real disaster with the video card issue, worse than later models. Same with the 12" ...

Lil Chillbil
Apr 25, 2013, 10:14 AM
Everymac switched its numbers around. It is precisely 1.128gbs. 128mb ram is built in.

I've owned about 10 ibooks and 20 Powerbooks in my day, but never the 933mhz iBook 14". Always heard it was a real disaster with the video card issue, worse than later models. Same with the 12" ...

ok little off topic here, but how does someone go thru 30 laptops in about 8 years? :eek:

rjcalifornia
Apr 25, 2013, 10:56 AM
ok little off topic here, but how does someone go thru 30 laptops in about 8 years? :eek:

Second that! :eek::confused:

Goftrey
Apr 25, 2013, 11:08 AM
ok little off topic here, but how does someone go thru 30 laptops in about 8 years? :eek:

I've had 8 laptops over the past 24 months. I tend only to buy laptops that I know I can turn over for a quick buck though. I'll keep/use a laptop for as long as my attention span is happy, sell it on, make money on it & start all over again!

666sheep
Apr 25, 2013, 12:45 PM
ok little off topic here, but how does someone go thru 30 laptops in about 8 years? :eek:

Come on, it's only 3,75 per year what gives less than one per 3 months ;)

pcfast
Apr 25, 2013, 12:52 PM
I've got a 512mb PC2100 chip I'll sell for cheap, let me know, OP, that will bump you up to 640mb ram.

Thanks, but I would like to upgrade to 1gb. I plan on running Lubuntu on it.

Keep in mind that it will cost you probably half of what your iBook is worth, that is for new RAM, you might find it second hand on Ebay.

Good point, but it's a small investment to make a laptop usable again. I'll get more using it then selling IMO.

I checked ebay and most of what I see is new RAM modules. I saw one used one for sale which I will watch. On Amazon there is PNY for $28.99 and an All4Deals one for $20.96 (+$3.99 shipping). They sell the Crucial one for $30.52.

666sheep
Apr 25, 2013, 02:43 PM
^^^I see plenty of used ones on eBay, just type "1GB sodimm ddr". Kingston, PNY, G-Skill, Crucial. Highest bid I've seen was about $15.

California
Apr 25, 2013, 04:55 PM
ok little off topic here, but how does someone go thru 30 laptops in about 8 years? :eek:

LOL, it was probably more. What happened was I loved my 2001 base line 400mhz Tibook, sold it in 05 because I thought I could just get a newer one and everything would be the same. Not. I got the DVI 667mhz Tibook and it freaked me out because with the better resolution, the screen font size was smaller. Sold it. Got a VGA 667 Tibook. Not happy there, either for the same reason -- the screen didn't look like my old Tibook. Got a 500mhz but then sold it, a 1 ghz, sold it, about five 12" Powerbooks -- held on to a 12" until 09 or 10 when I sold one or two of them here on MR. Bought a 1.2 14" Ibook, then didn't like it didn't have a superdrive, then bought a 1.33ghz 14" iBook which didn't have the "sudden motion sensor" and it froze the hard drive a week after I bought it when dropped about four inches in a protective bag; sold that, got the 1.42ghz iBook 14" liked that for a while. I owned practically every Tibook except for the 867mhz that only had 32mb vram.

I'm skipping a whole bunch of other computers I had at the same time, especially the 12" iBook and 12" Powerbooks, owned another slew of iMacs, Powermac G5s, etc.

I was on a quest to recreate the feel of that original Powerbook and on a learning curve about Apple, which turned into a buying and selling spree that lasted about five years in search of the perfect computer.

I think for me my current set up is perfect. I need the Powerbook 1.67 DDR2 for my old files and the Mac Mini Server used as a regular mac mini with 16 gigs of ram is a great thing for me.

Oh and i also owned about 10 or 12 Apple Cinema Displays -- finally ending with the 30" -- had a few acrylic HD's too. I'd fix up the laptops and sell them. Right now I've got a whole bunch of 12" Powerbooks in storage because I'm liking my 15" PB DDR2 too much.

P.S. and then there was my "Cube" phase. MR made it lots of fun.

Lil Chillbil
Apr 25, 2013, 05:39 PM
LOL, it was probably more. What happened was I loved my 2001 base line 400mhz Tibook, sold it in 05 because I thought I could just get a newer one and everything would be the same. Not. I got the DVI 667mhz Tibook and it freaked me out because with the better resolution, the screen font size was smaller. Sold it. Got a VGA 667 Tibook. Not happy there, either for the same reason -- the screen didn't look like my old Tibook. Got a 500mhz but then sold it, a 1 ghz, sold it, about five 12" Powerbooks -- held on to a 12" until 09 or 10 when I sold one or two of them here on MR. Bought a 1.2 14" Ibook, then didn't like it didn't have a superdrive, then bought a 1.33ghz 14" iBook which didn't have the "sudden motion sensor" and it froze the hard drive a week after I bought it when dropped about four inches in a protective bag; sold that, got the 1.42ghz iBook 14" liked that for a while. I owned practically every Tibook except for the 867mhz that only had 32mb vram.

I'm skipping a whole bunch of other computers I had at the same time, especially the 12" iBook and 12" Powerbooks, owned another slew of iMacs, Powermac G5s, etc.

I was on a quest to recreate the feel of that original Powerbook and on a learning curve about Apple, which turned into a buying and selling spree that lasted about five years in search of the perfect computer.

I think for me my current set up is perfect. I need the Powerbook 1.67 DDR2 for my old files and the Mac Mini Server used as a regular mac mini with 16 gigs of ram is a great thing for me.

Oh and i also owned about 10 or 12 Apple Cinema Displays -- finally ending with the 30" -- had a few acrylic HD's too. I'd fix up the laptops and sell them. Right now I've got a whole bunch of 12" Powerbooks in storage because I'm liking my 15" PB DDR2 too much.

P.S. and then there was my "Cube" phase. MR made it lots of fun.

damn girl, I have only gone through about 4 macs in my lifetime mainly because I upgrade them a lot before I know that it won't meet my needs/just wanna faster machine

California
Apr 25, 2013, 07:38 PM
damn girl, I have only gone through about 4 macs in my lifetime mainly because I upgrade them a lot before I know that it won't meet my needs/just wanna faster machine

It was fun. And now I am the unofficial IT person of my family and friends (kind of a bummer but you probably are, too.)

pcfast
Apr 25, 2013, 10:05 PM
^^^I see plenty of used ones on eBay, just type "1GB sodimm ddr". Kingston, PNY, G-Skill, Crucial. Highest bid I've seen was about $15.

Thanks! I just searched for "iBook G4 RAM" before and wasn't getting as useful results.

LOL, it was probably more.

More computers and laptops??? :)

Lil Chillbil
Apr 26, 2013, 10:00 PM
It was fun. And now I am the unofficial IT person of my family and friends (kind of a bummer but you probably are, too.)

yeah, half the time its not even something wrong with the computer, people seem to just not know how to use it

pcfast
Apr 28, 2013, 09:53 AM
Most of the eBay auctions for 1gb RAM modules are going for $20+. I'll keep watching but for that price I may as well spring for a new one IMO!

Intell
Apr 28, 2013, 05:22 PM
I don't know if this has been mentioned yet, but get a low density stick. High density won't work at it's full size or at all in a PowerPC Mac.

pcfast
Apr 28, 2013, 05:24 PM
I don't know if this has been mentioned yet, but get a low density stick. High density won't work at it's full size or at all in a PowerPC Mac.

Thanks, I'll keep that in mind.

pcfast
Dec 1, 2013, 08:05 PM
Sorry to dig up this old thread. Was just wondering if there will be any deals through 3rd party Mac suppliers for ram sticks on Cyber Monday?

Intell
Dec 1, 2013, 10:11 PM
Sorry to dig up this old thread. Was just wondering if there will be any deals through 3rd party Mac suppliers for ram sticks on Cyber Monday?

Not likely.

ad931
Dec 5, 2013, 11:06 PM
I got my 1GB RAM from www.mrmemory.co.uk. I've got an 800MHz iBook G4 which had the 128k built in & a 256MB upgrade. I just removed the 256MB & inserted the 1GB.

Great upgrade

pcfast
Dec 21, 2013, 11:50 PM
Just got a Hynix 1gb pc2700 Ram stick and the iBook didn't pickup the extra memory. It is a 200 pin fit in perfectly but the system isn't picking it up. I am thinking it's a defective or used Ram stick even though it is supposedly new.

What's weird is the laptop seems faster. Any ideas? Gonna contact the seller and complain.

Intell
Dec 22, 2013, 10:07 AM
Make sure it isn't a high density stick. PowerPC Macs don't really like high density ram and will either not see it or only be able to use half of its reported value.

pcfast
Dec 22, 2013, 11:30 AM
Make sure it isn't a high density stick.

Unsure of how to check this. Most of the ebay sellers don't have anything about low vs high. Even the Crucial ram stick on Amazon doesn't have a description for it.