View Full Version : Cheap Upgrades to iBook G4?

Feb 22, 2008, 12:22 AM
I've got a 1.0GHz iBook G4 (40GB, Combo) that I use as a second computer and was wondering what some cheap upgrades would be to make.

The obvious ones are HDD and optical, but I know superdrives usually go for about $100 and HDD are probably also fairly expensive for such an old machine.

Oh and RAM, I'd like to get a 1GB stick, but am waiting for a deal to pop up somewhere.

Is there anything else out there to make the iBook run a bit smoother/make it more friendly to work with?

The only minor annoyances I have with the machine are the noisy keyboard (loudest keys ever!) and when the fan comes on/CD spins it's surprisingly loud.

Any ideas would be welcome even if they're a bit of labor!

Feb 22, 2008, 08:08 AM
I would save up for the Ram as that's one of the biggest things to improve performance.
also HD's are not that expensive, take a look at http://www.macsales.com
Good luck.

Feb 22, 2008, 11:20 AM
What you might want to do is do a clean erase and install. Over time all the "stuff" that accumulates can slow things down a bit.

Feb 22, 2008, 11:56 AM
HD: 120gb, $70. But getting it installed will be time consuming or expensive.

RAM, no sales.

Might be better to get external firewire burner, unless you absolutely need to burn dvds on the road.