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crazyrog17
Jun 20, 2009, 07:52 PM
Previous iBook sold, found another. Still a good deal?

iBook G4 (Early 2005)

1.33GHz G4 Processor
12" 1024x768 Screen
40GB HDD
Combo ODD
512MB RAM
Airport Extreme
Bluetooth
2 Hour Battery
Will run 10.5

Offer accepted for the iBook is $250.

I plan on installing:
160GB HDD
1GB RAM

for $84, coming to a total of...

$334

I've disassembled and reassembled my Clamshell iBook G3 a few times, so I think I can handle the upgrades.

I should mention this is for my girlfriend; I've already got my dream computer.

What's the verdict. Is it a good deal, or not?



SkyBell
Jun 20, 2009, 07:56 PM
Definitely a good deal for that price. I'd go for it. :)

iBookG4user
Jun 20, 2009, 07:58 PM
That's a pretty good deal I must say. As long as she is not doing anything too intensive then it should serve her well :)

crazyrog17
Jun 20, 2009, 08:01 PM
That's a pretty good deal I must say. As long as she is not doing anything too intensive then it should serve her well :)

Hahaha, if facebook is intensive, then this is out of the question :rolleyes:

crazyrog17
Jun 20, 2009, 08:02 PM
Definitely a good deal for that price. I'd go for it. :)

Thanks, Cassie :)

iBookG4user
Jun 20, 2009, 08:04 PM
Hahaha, if facebook is intensive, then this is out of the question :rolleyes:

I dunno, people can get pretty intense while on facebook :p

Ttownbeast
Jun 20, 2009, 08:04 PM
that's decent deal on a used one in my opinion and you don't have to do very much to it.

crazyrog17
Jun 21, 2009, 03:22 AM
To the person who said 'No,'

Why?

clyde2801
Jun 21, 2009, 06:54 AM
For that price, it's a good deal. Is the hard drive the single platter hitachi that runs obscenely fast?

Germwise
Jun 21, 2009, 10:12 AM
if you have a leopard dvd lying around for that money you can get an msi wind or other hackingtosh laptop with 5 hours battery life and much more portable.

Shake 'n' Bake
Jun 21, 2009, 10:34 AM
That's a pretty good deal. I saw a 12'' 1.5 GHz PowerBook go for $290 on eBay on Friday.

JamesGorman
Jun 21, 2009, 01:22 PM
Thats a good deal. Id get it for sure if I were you.

terriblyjordan
Jun 21, 2009, 03:33 PM
That's a Very good deal do it!

JamesGorman
Jun 21, 2009, 04:21 PM
I wonder why some people are saying no. If this computer suits your needs than go for it. It may crap out on you in a year or 2 or it may not. It is a bit of a chance simply because it is older and wont be covered by apple anymore, but in all honesty, if you get a year or so use out of it, than I think it is worth it.

Jasoco
Jun 22, 2009, 02:32 AM
The only reason they could say no is because of how the PPC Macs are pretty much obsolete as of September. Since Leopard is the last OS that will ever go on it. (Mac-wise)

But if this is just for the kiddies, then go for it. Leopard is good enough and will be fine for years.

clyde2801
Jun 22, 2009, 05:33 AM
The REAL issue is if you give your girlfriend a taste of osx goodness, will she take over YOUR machine?

It's the geek corollary to 'wife drives the new car, it's the law'.

Chundles
Jun 22, 2009, 05:42 AM
My sister is currently using my iBook G4 (same specs as above but upped to 1.25GB RAM) and it's a sweet little laptop. If you can, invest in a new battery, those iBooks will run and run and run and run. Easily 5+ hours of basic websurfing.

gorjan
Jun 22, 2009, 05:56 AM
My mom has almost the exact same thing (although the 1GHz) and it runs really nice for basic web surfing, youtube, mail and Office 2008. It's from 2004/2005 and the only upgrades I've made are 160 GB HDD, 1,25GB RAM and a new battery during that time. For that price, it's a steal! :D

crazyrog17
Jun 22, 2009, 10:03 AM
For that price, it's a good deal. Is the hard drive the single platter hitachi that runs obscenely fast?
Seagate Momentus 5400.3 (Perpendicular Recording) ST9160821A 160GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache ATA-6 Internal Laptop Hard Drive.

I wonder why some people are saying no. If this computer suits your needs than go for it. It may crap out on you in a year or 2 or it may not. It is a bit of a chance simply because it is older and wont be covered by apple anymore, but in all honesty, if you get a year or so use out of it, than I think it is worth it.I told her that even if it only lasts a year or two, it's better than not having a notebook at all.

The REAL issue is if you give your girlfriend a taste of osx goodness, will she take over YOUR machine?

It's the geek corollary to 'wife drives the new car, it's the law'.Hahaha, well I almost never let her touch my babeh. There's simply no way.

My mom has almost the exact same thing (although the 1GHz) and it runs really nice for basic web surfing, youtube, mail and Office 2008. It's from 2004/2005 and the only upgrades I've made are 160 GB HDD, 1,25GB RAM and a new battery during that time. For that price, it's a steal! :DSweet! That's all she'll be doing on it, so that affirms my purchase =D

Shake 'n' Bake
Jun 22, 2009, 11:30 AM
The only reason they could say no is because of how the PPC Macs are pretty much obsolete as of September. Since Leopard is the last OS that will ever go on it. (Mac-wise)

But if this is just for the kiddies, then go for it. Leopard is good enough and will be fine for years.

Not true. Apple will give updates to Leopard until most of the Mac users are on Intel.

OrangeSVTguy
Jun 22, 2009, 01:41 PM
Voted YES too. That's a good deal and once you upgrade it will be fine for years to come(as long as it doesn't crap out on you :p)

I just got a 1gb from newegg for $35 after mail-in rebate. Check there as they also have a 250/320gb HDD for $89-$99 if your girlfriend will need more space for music etc.

4 people said no... I wonder why? Guess some people just need 2+ cores to check their email and surf the web :rolleyes:

crazyrog17
Jun 23, 2009, 01:33 AM
Voted YES too. That's a good deal and once you upgrade it will be fine for years to come(as long as it doesn't crap out on you :p)

I just got a 1gb from newegg for $35 after mail-in rebate. Check there as they also have a 250/320gb HDD for $89-$99 if your girlfriend will need more space for music etc.

4 people said no... I wonder why? Guess some people just need 2+ cores to check their email and surf the web :rolleyes:

Yeah, I found some PNY RAM for $29.99 after $10.00 MIR and a 160GB Hard Drive for $54.00 - %10 Promo Code. Total, $89.48

OrangeSVTguy
Jun 23, 2009, 08:14 AM
Guess you didn't get the first one. I'd offer around $225 to keep your total upgrades less than $300 so if you go to sell it, you'll get your money back and then a few extra.


If you want to buy an iBook, I'd suggest finding the 1.42ghz 14" model. That is the last top-end model and didn't have the potential logic board problems like the earlier G4s had.

crazyrog17
Jun 23, 2009, 08:52 AM
Guess you didn't get the first one. I'd offer around $225 to keep your total upgrades less than $300 so if you go to sell it, you'll get your money back and then a few extra.


If you want to buy an iBook, I'd suggest finding the 1.42ghz 14" model. That is the last top-end model and didn't have the potential logic board problems like the earlier G4s had.

You're right, the first one passed before I could get my hands on it, but the one I have lined up right now is a later model and $70 more expensive.

Thanks for the 14" suggestion, but I've never liked the fact that the 14" is still only 1024x768. I could probably up-rez it but I've had enough trouble doing that to my Clamshell iBook (swapped screens to increase the resolution from 800x600 to 1024x768).

crazyrog17
Jun 24, 2009, 09:36 PM
For anyone that's wondering,

I got the 1.33GHz iBook G4. Installed the 160GB Hard Drive and 1GB of RAM and it's now a beast.

Leopard is installed and updating now and iPhoto '09 is all the lady friend decided she wanted installed. Screen Spanning Doctor will let her use the now leftover LCD from her desktop windoze machine.


Thanks to everyone for their responses, I really appreciate them.

windywoo
Jun 24, 2009, 09:53 PM
I am too late to tell you not to waste your money on the hard drive then. What does she need that space for if she's just gonna facebook.

clyde2801
Jun 24, 2009, 10:03 PM
Maybe because the original hard drive is at least four years old, and a faster newer one will give it a performance boost.

noodle654
Jun 24, 2009, 10:15 PM
Maybe because the original hard drive is at least four years old, and a faster newer one will give it a performance boost.

Yes...a new hard drive would be a must for that machine to wake up from the dead. I am sure it runs fine right now with the upgrades. How was changing the HDD, lots of screws right?

crazyrog17
Jun 25, 2009, 08:49 PM
I am too late to tell you not to waste your money on the hard drive then. What does she need that space for if she's just gonna facebook.
Her pictures take up 6GB and music about 13GB. She loves the Sims 2, so there goes another 7GB. I don't doubt there'll be movies on there sooner or later and it's also a selling point if/when it's sold.

Yes...a new hard drive would be a must for that machine to wake up from the dead. I am sure it runs fine right now with the upgrades. How was changing the HDD, lots of screws right?
New hard drive makes it 2048532 times more quiet and gives it a good speed increase. The screws weren't too horrible, but I am some what of a computer surgeon. I've done plenty of iPods, a white iBook G3 and a Clamshell iBook G3. Not much phases me anymore, haha.

OrangeSVTguy
Jun 25, 2009, 11:42 PM
I've done plenty of iPods, a white iBook G3 and a Clamshell iBook G3. Not much phases me anymore, haha.

Try changing out the optical drive in a 12" Powerbook :p.

Glad you got that all up and running for her. I'm sure she'll use Limewire so she'll put that hard drive to good use. Great deal on a computer that will still bring years of good use out of it.