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agmetal
Nov 28, 2009, 11:48 PM
Yes, you read that right...I'm still using a 6-year-old laptop as my main/only computer.

My parents are offering to help me buy a new computer, and have said they'll put in as much as it would cost to get a base-model 13" MacBook, and then whatever I want beyond that, I have to cover the difference. Since I need FireWire, I need to go with at least a 13" MBP if I want a current laptop.

Obviously, anything I get will be a significant upgrade from what I'm used to, especially since I'm still running the stock 512MB RAM in my PowerBook, so I'm not gonna be picky about small differences in speed, but I have some questions about what's best for my needs.

As a musician, I do a bit of recording using MOTU Digital Performer 5, and occasionally Logic Express 7. I also use Reason as a softsynth, and sometimes use Finale for composition. I do some basic photo editing in Photoshop (mostly just stuff like making flyers for my band's shows), and otherwise it's pretty much just used for the internet, watching DVDs, and listening to music.

Portability would be nice, but I've realized that, for the most part, I treat my PowerBook like a desktop most of the time...that is, I don't take it with me very often, and when I do, it's usually on longer trips so that I can do stuff online and listen to music on my own computer...although, occasionally I'll take it with me to friends' places, but not very often at all. I'm no longer in school, and even when I was, I didn't take it to class very often.

With this in mind, I've started considering the iMacs as a serious possibility, and then keeping my PowerBook around for those times when I want something portable. I see that the online Apple Store has refurbished 24" iMacs for about $100 less than the new 21.5" models, but with seemingly-better specs in some areas...can anyone detail the differences and help me decide which would be better suited to my needs?





UPDATE: Ordered a 21.5" base model iMac on Dec. 2



SnowLeopard2008
Nov 28, 2009, 11:55 PM
If you want hardcore performance, the new iMacs are the way to go. But that level of performance is only seen in the Core i5/i7 processors, an option well beyond your budget of $1200 or so.

I would recommend a desktop Mac because you already have a laptop, albeit an old one, for traveling and being mobile. Unless you need serious performance with you on the go, an iMac would be a nice addition.

My suggestion is to get the new entry model 21.5" iMac or the next tier model with that ATI graphics card. It offers a serious upgrade in graphics performance over the integrated NVIDIA 9400M card.

agmetal
Nov 29, 2009, 01:03 PM
If you want hardcore performance, the new iMacs are the way to go. But that level of performance is only seen in the Core i5/i7 processors, an option well beyond your budget of $1200 or so.

I would recommend a desktop Mac because you already have a laptop, albeit an old one, for traveling and being mobile. Unless you need serious performance with you on the go, an iMac would be a nice addition.

My suggestion is to get the new entry model 21.5" iMac or the next tier model with that ATI graphics card. It offers a serious upgrade in graphics performance over the integrated NVIDIA 9400M card.

Considering the fact that I've been using a PowerBook G4 with these specs for the graphics for 6 years:

Chipset Model: ATY,RV250M9
Type: Display
Bus: AGP
VRAM (Total): 64 MB
Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
Device ID: 0x4c66
Revision ID: 0x0001
ROM Revision: 113-xxxxx-106
Displays:
Color LCD:
Display Type: LCD
Resolution: 1280 x 854
Depth: 32-bit Color
Built-In: Yes
Core Image: Not Supported
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes
Quartz Extreme: Supported



And also considering that I don't do any gaming, or any serious photo/video editing, will the difference in graphics cards between the base model 21.5" and the 24" with these specs:

Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

24-inch glossy widescreen display
4GB memory
640GB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256MB memory
Built-in iSight camera


be something I'm likely to care about?

agmetal
Nov 29, 2009, 01:05 PM
Oh, also, I saw something mentioned in some other threads that I was unclear on...is it possible to turn off the backlighting on the iMacs, like on my old PowerBook? I like to listen to music when I go to bed, and normally I just turn the backlight/brightness/whatever all the way down so that the light from the screen doesn't bother me.

bassanoclapper
Nov 29, 2009, 01:31 PM
You can turn the display off whilst your music plays if you wish

Hot corners is a quick and easy way to do this

agmetal
Nov 29, 2009, 02:05 PM
You can turn the display off whilst your music plays if you wish

Hot corners is a quick and easy way to do this

I hate hot corners and don't use them at all because I tend to hit them accidentally. How else can it be done? On my PowerBook, I have the little "sun" buttons in the upper left of my keyboard, and I just use those.

bassanoclapper
Nov 29, 2009, 02:20 PM
"Shift-Control-Eject" will also turn off the display

crazzyeddie
Nov 29, 2009, 02:25 PM
iMacs have the same backlight controls as the Macbooks, so you can definitely turn off the backlight. On my MBP, I use the keyboard shortcut ctrl + shift + eject.

I would recommend an iMac. I own the same computer you use, although I've let my dad use it as his primary computer recently. ANY computer you upgrade to will seem infinitely faster for every task. Period. You will not be disappointed with a Mac mini, low-end Macbook, or low-end iMac.

That being said, I would try to get the 27" iMac, if its in your budget. The screen is absolutely glorious, and the graphics card is very capable. If you can, the Core i5 or i7 would be a great upgrade to hopefully allow this iMac to last as long as your Powerbook did.

cluthz
Nov 29, 2009, 02:28 PM
"Shift-Control-Eject" will also turn off the display

Hehe, after all these years as a mac user I haven't stumbled upon that before!
Thanks a lot!

giffut
Nov 29, 2009, 03:11 PM
... your budget is constrained, or you wouldn´t want to let your parents bleed too much, I certainly would opt for the refurbished section or an used iMac from CraigsList or eBay. In the latter case, try to opt for Core 2 Duo ones, and at least a 20inch display, better 24 (especially for music related workloads).

If the new iMacs are within budget, get as high as possible, spec a big harddrive, but do buy RAM from a third party.

PS

Regarding your software and audio hardware, you most seriously should check Snow Leopard (10.6) compatibility; otherwise you´ll still end up using two computers, if you can´t upgrade those for now (the old white Intel imacs can run 10.4 upwards, the silver ones 10.5 upwards, the i5/7 ones 10.6 solely).

Abstract
Nov 29, 2009, 07:18 PM
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If you want hardcore performance, the new iMacs are the way to go. But that level of performance is only seen in the Core i5/i7 processors, an option well beyond your budget of $1200 or so.

I would recommend a desktop Mac because you already have a laptop, albeit an old one, for traveling and being mobile. Unless you need serious performance with you on the go, an iMac would be a nice addition.

My suggestion is to get the new entry model 21.5" iMac or the next tier model with that ATI graphics card. It offers a serious upgrade in graphics performance over the integrated NVIDIA 9400M card.

Considering the fact that I've been using a PowerBook G4 with these specs for the graphics for 6 years:

Chipset Model: ATY,RV250M9
Type: Display
Bus: AGP
VRAM (Total): 64 MB
Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
Device ID: 0x4c66
Revision ID: 0x0001
ROM Revision: 113-xxxxx-106
Displays:
Color LCD:
Display Type: LCD
Resolution: 1280 x 854
Depth: 32-bit Color
Built-In: Yes
Core Image: Not Supported
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes
Quartz Extreme: Supported



And also considering that I don't do any gaming, or any serious photo/video editing, will the difference in graphics cards between the base model 21.5" and the 24" with these specs:

Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

24-inch glossy widescreen display
4GB memory
640GB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256MB memory
Built-in iSight camera


be something I'm likely to care about?

You're absolutely right, and I'm glad that unlike most younger people and full-fledged adults, you know what you need as opposed to 'want'. Rarely do you come across such a person here. ;) This includes myself, to be perfectly honest.

Overall, you won't notice any practical, significant differences in speed between them for what you do. It'll be a few seconds here and there, but things like Facebook and staring at the wall are far bigger productivity killers, and yet people here will argue about a few seconds saved through faster CPUs gained from the upgrade.

MrCheeto
Nov 29, 2009, 07:32 PM
OP, the lowest end MacBook Pro 13" will blow your G4 away. In comparison the 13" MacBook Pro is the modern 12" PowerBook G4. Your Titanium is more like the most powerful MacBook Pro today.

I'm not talking about power, I'm talking about technology relative to the times. The 12" PowerBook G4 was an Atom Ant (can't say Mighty Mouse 8O) and that's very much what the 13" MacBook Pro is. The TiBook was almost a desktop replacement, the new 15" can be considered a desktop replacement. Although in all honesty my 13" is sufficient on its own, it's my only machine and I don't need anything else.

Man, the TiBooks are beautiful things, lucky you :P

Also, don't hate hot corners, just research it, sheesh. If you go into Exposé settings in System Preferences and click one of the hot corner lists, hold a modifier key like Command, or in this case I held Command+Shift, then click what you want it to do. NOW this means it will go to sleep ONLY if you're holding the Command and Shift key when you reach that corner ;)

http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z154/mrcheeto/Screenshot2009-11-29at72106PM-1.png

Edit
On my PowerBook, I have the little "sun" buttons in the upper left of my keyboard, and I just use those.

The only thing that does is turn the backlight off. Hold a flashlight to your screen or shine it into your Apple Logo on the back and you can see your screen is still displaying an image, which uses power. It's not significant but at least I feel like it will lengthen the screens lifespan....even if only to a negligible degree :P I turn my display off every chance I get, and since I stopped using IRC I put the computer to sleep every chance as well by simply closing the lid.

This is not something I'd ever do with a generic laptop, Windows' sleep issues can scar some people emotionally 8O but when your computer can wake up flawlessly and get online in a total of MAYBE 3 seconds it's like flipping on a light switch.

MacMini2009
Nov 29, 2009, 07:40 PM
Considering the fact that I've been using a PowerBook G4 with these specs for the graphics for 6 years:

Chipset Model: ATY,RV250M9
Type: Display
Bus: AGP
VRAM (Total): 64 MB
Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
Device ID: 0x4c66
Revision ID: 0x0001
ROM Revision: 113-xxxxx-106
Displays:
Color LCD:
Display Type: LCD
Resolution: 1280 x 854
Depth: 32-bit Color
Built-In: Yes
Core Image: Not Supported
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes
Quartz Extreme: Supported



And also considering that I don't do any gaming, or any serious photo/video editing, will the difference in graphics cards between the base model 21.5" and the 24" with these specs:

Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

24-inch glossy widescreen display
4GB memory
640GB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256MB memory
Built-in iSight camera


be something I'm likely to care about?

The base 21.5in iMac is faster and $100 more than that refurb. They have the same video card. Unless you really want a refurb, I would say the base 21.5in iMac is the better choice.

agmetal
Nov 29, 2009, 07:51 PM
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You're absolutely right, and I'm glad that unlike most younger people and full-fledged adults, you know what you need as opposed to 'want'. Rarely do you come across such a person here. ;) This includes myself, to be perfectly honest.

Overall, you won't notice any practical, significant differences in speed between them for what you do. It'll be a few seconds here and there, but things like Facebook and staring at the wall are far bigger productivity killers, and yet people here will argue about a few seconds saved through faster CPUs gained from the upgrade.

I went to the Apple Store this afternoon to check out the current range. They didn't have a 24" iMac on display for me to check out, but for the purposes of seeing what the difference in the display is like, I was able to check out a Mac Mini through a 24" Cinema Display. Neither setup had any dealbreakers for me in terms of screen size or picture quality. Of course, I wasn't able to experiment with any system-intensive audio stuff in the store, but I have the feeling that given what I normally do now, I'll have a hard time really making something more powerful strain too much. Graphics are a relatively low priority for me, as I'm perfectly satisfied with the graphic quality of my PowerBook for my purposes!


OP, the lowest end MacBook Pro 13" will blow your G4 away. In comparison the 13" MacBook Pro is the modern 12" PowerBook G4. Your Titanium is more like the most powerful MacBook Pro today.

I'm not talking about power, I'm talking about technology relative to the times. The 12" PowerBook G4 was an Atom Ant (can't say Mighty Mouse 8O) and that's very much what the 13" MacBook Pro is. The TiBook was almost a desktop replacement, the new 15" can be considered a desktop replacement. Although in all honesty my 13" is sufficient on its own, it's my only machine and I don't need anything else.

Man, the TiBooks are beautiful things, lucky you :P

Also, don't hate hot corners, just research it, sheesh. If you go into Exposé settings in System Preferences and click one of the hot corner lists, hold a modifier key like Command, or in this case I held Command+Shift, then click what you want it to do. NOW this means it will go to sleep ONLY if you're holding the Command and Shift key when you reach that corner ;)

http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z154/mrcheeto/Screenshot2009-11-29at72106PM-1.png

Edit


The only thing that does is turn the backlight off. Hold a flashlight to your screen or shine it into your Apple Logo on the back and you can see your screen is still displaying an image, which uses power. It's not significant but at least I feel like it will lengthen the screens lifespan....even if only to a negligible degree :P I turn my display off every chance I get, and since I stopped using IRC I put the computer to sleep every chance as well by simply closing the lid.

This is not something I'd ever do with a generic laptop, Windows' sleep issues can scar some people emotionally 8O but when your computer can wake up flawlessly and get online in a total of MAYBE 3 seconds it's like flipping on a light switch.

Thanks, I'm familiar with where the PowerBook sat in the lineup of its time (although I just found out today that this model was discontinued about 2 weeks after I got mine!). I much prefer elements of this model's design to things on some of the later models...such as the placement of the ports along the back with a cover flap, as opposed to along the sides with no protection. People complain about the hinges, but I've never had an issue...but then again, I respect my computer and don't throw it around like some of my friends!

The reason I hate Hot Corners is that I have a tendency to inadvertently go into one when trying to click on something else in that area, when I use friends' computers that have them active. There are a lot of features in OSX that I dislike or don't use, though, and people think I'm crazy for that :p (Spotlight is the first that comes to mind...I disabled it a few months back after getting annoyed with it when it'd come up at times where I didn't want it to). I also don't really understand the use or purpose of some of the newer Leopard/Snow Leopard stuff, like Spaces and Automator.

MrCheeto
Nov 29, 2009, 07:57 PM
Spaces?! I couldn't live without it. I divide all my work into different Spaces. On one I'll be making a movie, on another I'll be editing pictures. Then I'll be making a spreadsheet while web browsing.

I love sorting my windows into spaces based on what they're being used for. If I'm editing pictures I'll have all the finder windows with my pictures open in the same window as iPhoto, that way my desktop and Dock are cleaned up and Exposé only shows windows related to the app per space.

Clutter...my kryptonite

agmetal
Nov 29, 2009, 08:00 PM
Spaces?! I couldn't live without it. I divide all my work into different Spaces. On one I'll be making a movie, on another I'll be editing pictures. Then I'll be making a spreadsheet while web browsing.

I love sorting my windows into spaces based on what they're being used for. If I'm editing pictures I'll have all the finder windows with my pictures open in the same window as iPhoto, that way my desktop and Dock are cleaned up and Exposé only shows windows related to the app per space.

Clutter...my kryptonite

I'm still not entirely clear on how it works, and since I'm running Tiger, I can't experiment with it. It sounds like if I wanted internet-related programs (Firefox, AIM) open together, I could have those in one "space", and then music stuff (Reason, DP5) in another, and it would be similar to having DP open and going to the menu and selecting "Hide Others"? Am I understanding things correctly?

Does it ease the computer's work load to separate things into "spaces" like that?

No ice please
Nov 29, 2009, 08:01 PM
How about a base line mac mini with a dell monitor. Keep the powerbook for on the road stuff or just for music.

MrCheeto
Nov 29, 2009, 08:09 PM
it would be similar to having DP open and going to the menu and selecting "Hide Others"? Am I understanding things correctly?

Does it ease the computer's work load to separate things into "spaces" like that?

Not exactly. Spaces creates multiple virtual desktops. It's like having multiple screens but you can only see 1 at a time :P So I can put certain windows on certain desktops that way I don't have to hide or unhide, it's all organized.

You can have up to 16 spaces, I use 4. Understand that as with most other features you can customize what keys activate the "bird's eye" view of spaces or what keys move you from one space to another. To move a window from one space to another (say from the top left to the top right) you would drag that window to the right side of the screen until your cursor hits the edge and after about 1 second it will move over to the right space. Or in "bird's eye" view you can drag an individual window or the whole Space to a new location.

Spaces@Apple (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eoo9AShE0Fw)

Edit No, it doesn't ease the workload at all, it only organizes all of your windows into separate boxes, so it's the same power draw as having all of the windows on the same space.

ClassicII
Nov 29, 2009, 08:49 PM
Hehe, after all these years as a mac user I haven't stumbled upon that before!
Thanks a lot!

I agree!!!

Was just thinking about that today as i was watching movies on the tv from my macbook and wanted to turn off the screen. Perfect!!! Thanks..



Back on topic hehe

To the OP the ole powerbook is still worth some $$$ on ebay you can get some more cash for your new purchase. I also highly recommend the refurb store, saving money and the same warranty you cant beat it.

agmetal
Nov 29, 2009, 09:00 PM
I agree!!!

Was just thinking about that today as i was watching movies on the tv from my macbook and wanted to turn off the screen. Perfect!!! Thanks..



Back on topic hehe

To the OP the ole powerbook is still worth some $$$ on ebay you can get some more cash for your new purchase. I also highly recommend the refurb store, saving money and the same warranty you cant beat it.

If I get a desktop, I'll probably keep my PowerBook to have a travel computer.

MrCheeto
Nov 29, 2009, 09:01 PM
Was just thinking about that today as i was watching movies on the tv from my macbook and wanted to turn off the screen. Perfect!!! Thanks..

Um, you know that all you have to do to use the external as your main display is:

1: Connect your MacBook to the AC adapter
2: Connect your display
3: Close your MacBook
4: Wiggle your mouse or click the trackpad WITHOUT opening the display too much and it will wake up and only use the external as the main ;)

Abstract
Nov 29, 2009, 09:38 PM
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Spaces?! I couldn't live without it. I divide all my work into different Spaces. On one I'll be making a movie, on another I'll be editing pictures. Then I'll be making a spreadsheet while web browsing.

I love sorting my windows into spaces based on what they're being used for. If I'm editing pictures I'll have all the finder windows with my pictures open in the same window as iPhoto, that way my desktop and Dock are cleaned up and Exposé only shows windows related to the app per space.

Clutter...my kryptonite

I'm still not entirely clear on how it works, and since I'm running Tiger, I can't experiment with it. It sounds like if I wanted internet-related programs (Firefox, AIM) open together, I could have those in one "space", and then music stuff (Reason, DP5) in another, and it would be similar to having DP open and going to the menu and selecting "Hide Others"? Am I understanding things correctly?

Does it ease the computer's work load to separate things into "spaces" like that?

Spaces doesn't do anything magical. You can either set it up so that certain apps automatically open in a certain space (e.g. Firefox in Space 1, mail.app and iCal in space 2, etc), but I don't use it like that.

Sometimes, my screen looks cramped, and in that situation, I just drag one of the windows to the right edge of the screen, and in a second, your window ends up on an empty desktop. It can actually be quite useful, but I only use it once every 1-2 weeks. Also, I only allow 2 separate desktops. I generally don't mind clutter if all the windows are related somehow.

agmetal
Dec 3, 2009, 12:30 AM
Ordered a base model 21.5" iMac earlier today, expecting it next week...sweeeeeet! :D

MrCheeto
Dec 3, 2009, 12:54 AM
Ah good goin'! I'd have an iMac if I didn't need the portability of my MacBook Pro :P However, did you know they make carrying bags for iMacs?! 8O

If you're having trouble understanding spaces, here's a quick informative video. As well I think you will appreciate hot corners, so long as you use a modifier key with each corner setting to avoid inadvertent activation :P I use it to start my screen saver, put the display to sleep, and activate spaces when I'm too lazy to hit the Fn+F1 key.

I recommend the first things you download are:
iStat Menus - to monitor memory and CPU usage, as well as drive space
Dashquit - Dashboard can be a pain and it takes up resources even when its hidden, this button will quit Dashboard so you can reclaim all of your RAM and some CPU usage

Spaces Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq_Xp2S_5mY)

1rottenapple
Dec 3, 2009, 03:44 AM
Hehe, after all these years as a mac user I haven't stumbled upon that before!
Thanks a lot!

^^^ LOL cool much better solution than the brightness toggle you have to hit

1rottenapple
Dec 3, 2009, 03:51 AM
Damn, I was gonna add that the 13in mpb is a great choice. just got mine and it's insanely fast, and the battery life is insane!

MrCheeto
Dec 3, 2009, 04:01 AM
No kidding! It was almost hell when I had to calibrate the battery the first time! I had to open everything I could and have the keyboard and display at full brightness, I damn near fell asleep before it finally said "reserve power" and even then it took longer to finally hibernate!

The speed is...well...I just want to slap all of the Winboys that only look at clock rates. Sorry, but this thing will outperform any other notebook with the same CPU. The OS just knows what to do with all that power, unlike Windows which I guess is afraid to shift above first gear :rolleyes:

agmetal
Dec 3, 2009, 11:05 AM
Ah good goin'! I'd have an iMac if I didn't need the portability of my MacBook Pro :P However, did you know they make carrying bags for iMacs?! 8O

If you're having trouble understanding spaces, here's a quick informative video. As well I think you will appreciate hot corners, so long as you use a modifier key with each corner setting to avoid inadvertent activation :P I use it to start my screen saver, put the display to sleep, and activate spaces when I'm too lazy to hit the Fn+F1 key.

I recommend the first things you download are:
iStat Menus - to monitor memory and CPU usage, as well as drive space
Dashquit - Dashboard can be a pain and it takes up resources even when its hidden, this button will quit Dashboard so you can reclaim all of your RAM and some CPU usage

Spaces Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq_Xp2S_5mY)

Thanks for the tips. I also learned a while ago about a way to be able to quit Finder, which I've done when I needed a little more out of the PowerBook when mixing in Digital Performer or running lots of samples in Reason, and that seemed to help as well.

Is there any difference between iStat Menus and the iStat Pro widget I have currently?

MrCheeto
Dec 3, 2009, 11:49 AM
Yeah one's a widget the other shows the information in the MENU bar and is free. At least I think that's the difference =\

BlizzardBomb
Dec 3, 2009, 11:52 AM
I would choose the current iMac over a refurb 24" as it's significantly faster than the old 2.66 GHz model (see here), (http://www.macworld.com/article/143575/2009/11/imacs_oct2009.html) includes a better quality display, comes with wireless KB and mouse and includes an SD card slot. I think that's worth $100.

impreza98
Dec 3, 2009, 02:27 PM
I'd say if you have the peripherals you should go with a Mac Mini. It would be the most affordable option that meets your needs. Even more so if you feel comfortable opening up the case and upgrading the RAM and Hard Drive yourself (guides at ifixit). Best of all it has firewire. You can also choose your own display and even run two of them.

I wouldn't go with a MacBook Pro. I'd bet by the end of January or Early February we will see the line refreshed. If you haven't picked up a new mac by then I would get a refurbished 15" MBP with the anti-glare option.

I would avoid a new iMac right now. It sounds like there are a few issues with them. I would wait until the second revision. Plus I hate the idea of not being able to use the display if I ever upgrade to a newer computer. The 27" solves that issue but thats out of your price range.

In any case, you should keep the PowerBook. The 1Ghz TiBook is one of my favorite designs.

agmetal
Dec 3, 2009, 04:23 PM
I would choose the current iMac over a refurb 24" as it's significantly faster than the old 2.66 GHz model (see here), (http://www.macworld.com/article/143575/2009/11/imacs_oct2009.html) includes a better quality display, comes with wireless KB and mouse and includes an SD card slot. I think that's worth $100.

I'd say if you have the peripherals you should go with a Mac Mini. It would be the most affordable option that meets your needs. Even more so if you feel comfortable opening up the case and upgrading the RAM and Hard Drive yourself (guides at ifixit). Best of all it has firewire. You can also choose your own display and even run two of them.

I wouldn't go with a MacBook Pro. I'd bet by the end of January or Early February we will see the line refreshed. If you haven't picked up a new mac by then I would get a refurbished 15" MBP with the anti-glare option.

I would avoid a new iMac right now. It sounds like there are a few issues with them. I would wait until the second revision. Plus I hate the idea of not being able to use the display if I ever upgrade to a newer computer. The 27" solves that issue but thats out of your price range.

In any case, you should keep the PowerBook. The 1Ghz TiBook is one of my favorite designs.

Read the thread, guys!

Ordered a base model 21.5" iMac earlier today, expecting it next week...sweeeeeet! :D

I'm keeping the TiBook as well, for those times when I need something portable.

agmetal
Dec 11, 2009, 01:27 PM
I got my iMac on Tuesday, and it's awesome! Unfortunately, not all of my music software appears to be compatible with SL, but I'll figure something out.

Spaces is awesome, btw, and I love the Magic Mouse. Everything about the display is amazing...the colours just pop out and are so intense...this thing is awesome! :D

MrCheeto
Dec 11, 2009, 02:42 PM
:P So you ARE going to use Spaces?

Also, is it that the programs aren't compatible with SL or your CPU! Put the Mac OS X install disk that came with your iMac into the drive and click Optional installs and be sure to install a program called Rosetta. If you remember your PowerBook is PowerPC, Rosetta allows you to use PowerPC apps on an Intel machine ;)

agmetal
Dec 11, 2009, 02:50 PM
:P So you ARE going to use Spaces?

Also, is it that the programs aren't compatible with SL or your CPU! Put the Mac OS X install disk that came with your iMac into the drive and click Optional installs and be sure to install a program called Rosetta. If you remember your PowerBook is PowerPC, Rosetta allows you to use PowerPC apps on an Intel machine ;)

I've already installed Rosetta. Still not working. Digital Performer crashes every time I try to do pretty much anything with it, and doesn't seem to recognize the internal audio system. Logic Express 7 won't recognize any form of audio input, but otherwise seems to run ok. I haven't been able to test Reason 3 yet, because I need to find my CDs for it (when you run it for the first time, it asks you for the CDs to confirm that you have a real copy).

brendu
Dec 11, 2009, 03:10 PM
wow thats quite the list of bugs, sorry to hear about that. Macs should just work. But all the same you have yourself a great machine, enjoy it. Hope you get all the kinks worked out soon.

agmetal
Dec 11, 2009, 03:53 PM
wow thats quite the list of bugs, sorry to hear about that. Macs should just work. But all the same you have yourself a great machine, enjoy it. Hope you get all the kinks worked out soon.

Well, we are talking about some old software that i wasn't fully expecting to work, so that's not that big of a deal...although I would like to have some sort of DAW working soon.

I figured I'd try Garbageand (as limiting as it is), just to see if it'd work, and I'm having the same input issue, so I'm not really sure what's going on. I'm probably gonna contact Apple support about it.

agmetal
Dec 11, 2009, 06:04 PM
Well, we are talking about some old software that i wasn't fully expecting to work, so that's not that big of a deal...although I would like to have some sort of DAW working soon.

I figured I'd try Garbageand (as limiting as it is), just to see if it'd work, and I'm having the same input issue, so I'm not really sure what's going on. I'm probably gonna contact Apple support about it.

Ok, the thing with Garbageand was a combination of my not noticing that the cable wasn't plugged all the way into the input, along with not being familiar with certain elements of the software that don't work the way they do in better/more advanced DAWs.

Logic 7 and DP5 are basically just obsolete and need to be upgraded to newer versions to run with Snow Leopard, apparently. Disappointing, but not entirely unexpected.



EDIT: Reason 3.0 works pretty much perfectly!