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Apr 8, 2009, 05:22 PM
i was just wondering if anyone knew how fast my powerbook g4 would run with these upgrades.

10gb harddrive to 160gb WD


512mb ram to 1gb ram

im also running tiger 10.4.11

i was also wondering if i should ugrade my video card....

Chipset Model: ATY,RageM6
Type: Display
Bus: AGP
Slot: ATI
VRAM (Total): 16 MB
Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
Device ID: 0x4c59
ROM Revision: 113-XXXXX-115

i just wanna be able to browse the internet fast and run garage band. and watch hulu and youtube with no lag.
dvds play fine with no lag idk why youtube and hulu lag so much


Apr 8, 2009, 05:28 PM
Make sure you buy a 7200 RPM drive.

Apr 8, 2009, 05:32 PM
would that speed up the computer??

Apr 8, 2009, 05:34 PM
would that speed up the computer??

You can't upgrade your video card.

Flash video relies on your processor and graphics card to decode it, that's why Hulu lags but the DVD player does not.

There are other things you can do to speed it up a little. Disabling Dashboard, getting rid of the bouncing dock icons on launch, getting rid of the drop shadows around the windows all help. Google on how to do these things.

Every little bit helps on a Powerbook like yours, and I did notice a difference between a 5400 and 7200rpm drive on a older MacBook. While they won't technically speed up your computer they will make it feel faster.

Apr 8, 2009, 05:45 PM
Faster spinning hard drives complete their jobs doing seeks and reads/writes quicker and do make the computer "faster." While the processor isn't any faster, the increased speed in fetching and writing of programs and data helps.

Apr 8, 2009, 05:50 PM
what could i do about the video lag and even when i get on imeem i get lag on the music and everything runs slow.

Apr 8, 2009, 05:55 PM
what could i do about the video lag and even when i get on imeem i get lag on the music and everything runs slow.

Nothing in terms of hardware besides buying a new computer. Recent machines are only able to cope due to having dual core processors. Flash sucks on OS X thats just the bottom line.

An alternative would be to watch non-HD videos and go back to standard 320x480 vids

Apr 8, 2009, 06:37 PM
Really, save your money sell your G4 and get an old intel macbook or mbp.