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Bennieboyİ
Oct 18, 2009, 02:20 PM
been googling and searching everymac for ages now and nothing haha

looking to upgrade the HD in ma new toy, looking for something faster,

it's currently got a FUJITSU MHT2080AT, 80gig thats spinning at 4200rpm

i cant find out what the top limit is on the speed, 5400? 7200? not really bothered about size, but does the iBook still have the famous 128gb< top end like the powermac g4's had, or can i get a 160gig ata hd and put it in?



clyde2801
Oct 18, 2009, 02:34 PM
It should take any universal ata/IDE 2.5" hard drive. I believe there is a samsung 160 gig single platter hard drive that is roughly as fast as a 7200 rpm hard drive. Google 'what is the fastest laptop IDE hard drive' and it will tell you what it is.

Have you already crammed the ram in the ibook to the maximum? I'd try that before I replaced the HD. Look up the instructions to do so on www.ifixit.com . It's not exactly an easy thing to do. Good luck!

Bennieboyİ
Oct 18, 2009, 02:38 PM
lol cheers dude the rams in the post :p,

im just listening to music and between the tracks i can hear the disk whine before the next tracks played, so

and sweet, so no limits then, just seen a 160gig ata on ebay for pittance <3

an no worrys about the instructions, i've got the service manual for the book, looks tricky but not impossible ;)

Cave Man
Oct 18, 2009, 02:49 PM
Just get the WD 320 gb drive.

clyde2801
Oct 18, 2009, 03:16 PM
I replaced an original 80 gig hd in a 12" powerbook with a 250 gig wd, and I could tell a night and day difference boot up, shut down, and disk intensive applications.

Oh, you have 512 mb of ram. Put in a 1 gb chip in there while you've got your system apart putting in the new hard drive.

Bennieboyİ
Oct 18, 2009, 03:27 PM
cheers guys, :D not wasting money on a 320gig though dont need that much,

an yeah clyde, thats what i planned on doing ;)

clyde2801
Oct 18, 2009, 03:36 PM
cheers guys, :D not wasting money on a 320gig though dont need that much,

an yeah clyde, thats what i planned on doing ;)

And also consider iscroll2 to give you some two fingered scrolling action for your original trackpad.

Cave Man
Oct 18, 2009, 04:43 PM
cheers guys, :D not wasting money on a 320gig though dont need that much,

If there's anything I've learned in all these decades of computer use it's:

1. You can never have too much RAM.
2. You can never have too fast of a processor.
3. You can never have too much hard drive space.

Cracking open an iBook is one major job. I'd hate to have to do it twice.

Bennieboyİ
Oct 18, 2009, 06:11 PM
And also consider iscroll2 to give you some two fingered scrolling action for your original trackpad.

HA! thanks for that, ya read my mind haha wondered why nothing was happening when i tried that :D

If there's anything I've learned in all these decades of computer use it's:

1. You can never have too much RAM.
2. You can never have too fast of a processor.
3. You can never have too much hard drive space.

Cracking open an iBook is one major job. I'd hate to have to do it twice.

thats why my G5 downstairs has 1.5Tb HD with 5 gigs a ram ;)
i only bought the iBook to be a glorified EBook reader haha

clyde2801
Oct 18, 2009, 07:10 PM
You know, the 12"ers are still some pretty sweet little machines. Great form factor. My 75 year old dad switched to mac last year when he bought a 12" 1.07 ghz ibook with a cd reader, 768 mb of ram, and it's still a pretty usable machine.

I like the mini powerbooks a little better due to their aluminum chassis and slightly better video card, but it's basically the same machine. Functionally, they've got the processing power of modern netbooks with some improved features like usable keyboards, bigger trackpads, and combo/super drives. IMO, the only reason to get a netbook (hackintosh or not) over a later g4 ***book is if you have to occasionally use a windows program as well as osx. They can also run 10.5 without having to spend the better part of an afternoon or weekend configuring the stupid thing.

If apple could figure out a way to stick the internals of the most recent mac mini in that same 12" case, I'd buy one in a second.

Bennieboyİ
Oct 18, 2009, 07:42 PM
seems a bit daft dude, mac mini in a G4 book case?

a mac mini is basically a laptop missing the keyboard mouse and monitor,
would seem a bit daft trying to shoehorn all that into a smaller space

Cave Man
Oct 18, 2009, 10:20 PM
I'd be easy for Apple to put the Mini into a 12" laptop form factor. In fact, they've already done it, other than the 13.3" display (polycarb MB).

OrangeSVTguy
Oct 19, 2009, 12:21 AM
And also consider iscroll2 to give you some two fingered scrolling action for your original trackpad.

I've never seen that app before! Just installed and after setting the preferences, it works great! Thanks.

Oh and it's not only 2 finger but 3 finger, 4 finger.... fist scroll :p

clyde2801
Oct 19, 2009, 06:29 AM
I've never seen that app before! Just installed and after setting the preferences, it works great! Thanks.

Oh and it's not only 2 finger but 3 finger, 4 finger.... fist scroll :p

Thank you, but I stand on the shoulders of giants. Someone in the powerbook/macbook pro section recommended that to me when I bought a 1.33 ghz g4 powerbook (12") recently.

mariov
Oct 22, 2009, 05:18 PM
I have an ibook G4, upgraded old HDD with a 160 GB 5400 rmp samsung, wich was very cheap. Great upgrade.

And max the ram. Leopard will run, not fast, but fine for most uses.

clyde2801
Oct 23, 2009, 04:30 AM
I have an ibook G4, upgraded old HDD with a 160 GB 5400 rmp samsung, wich was very cheap. Great upgrade.

And max the ram. Leopard will run, not fast, but fine for most uses.

There's some tweaks you can use to maximize performance in leopard on a g4 that mostly involve turning off the eye-candy. Google, and try some of the hints; it will help.