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notblackmac
Jul 8, 2010, 02:18 PM
I'm going to be going traveling for 2 weeks and wanted a laptop to browse the web while in the hotel room, and watch movies on the plane ride. I was browsing ebay and came across a powerbook g4 12" for only 150.00. I'd feel much better carrying a 150.00 laptop compared to my 1,200.00 current one. But is the powerbook a bad choice? Could it handle some light web browsing?



spinnerlys
Jul 8, 2010, 02:22 PM
It can handle light browsing, but bigger Flash content might be a CPU hog. Watching SD movies will also be no problem, I could watch Xvid/Divx (MPEG-4) encoded movies on my 1.07GHz iBook without problems.

notblackmac
Jul 8, 2010, 02:24 PM
Is there a way to disable flash?

spinnerlys
Jul 8, 2010, 02:26 PM
Is there a way to disable flash?

http://clicktoflash.com/

notblackmac
Jul 8, 2010, 02:34 PM
Thank you sir!

Hrududu
Jul 8, 2010, 04:37 PM
How fast is it? There is a HUGE difference between the original 867MHz models and the later 1.33-1.5GHz models performance wise. The later models are quite capable machines with 1.25GB of RAM. The older 867MHz systems aren't bad, but the later ones are a lot better in several aspects aside from just CPU performance.

otis123
Jul 8, 2010, 05:01 PM
honestly, I wouldn't even bother with it, I'd spring for a windows netbook. G4's are old, really old. Flash kills them, and I bet the battery is really worn out, PowerPC macs are really just collector's items these days except for G5 towers, and those are even becoming long in the tooth.

Eric8199
Jul 10, 2010, 09:38 PM
Just get an iPad.

notblackmac
Jul 11, 2010, 07:15 PM
I got a ibook 1.33ghz off of ebay for $99.00, I believe that it will suit my travel needs.. thanks for your help.

OrangeSVTguy
Jul 11, 2010, 08:19 PM
I got a ibook 1.33ghz off of ebay for $99.00, I believe that it will suit my travel needs.. thanks for your help.

Good price. Those iBooks/Powerbooks are still pretty decent as travel companions. The 12" size is just perfect!

notblackmac
Jul 12, 2010, 04:25 PM
Good price. Those iBooks/Powerbooks are still pretty decent as travel companions. The 12" size is just perfect!

I finally received it today, and for being a 4-5 year old computer it actually runs pretty decently. And you are absolutely correct, that 12" size is the sweet spot for travel!

brassguy98
Jul 13, 2010, 12:05 AM
I had a 12 inch 1.0 ghz PowerBook G4. Was by far my favorite computer I've ever owned. Was perfect for travel, video on the airplane, actually doing real work. I only upgraded to a MacBook b/c it was stolen in Nov. 2007. That iBook should work great for what you want it for, and it was a great price!

bobbytomorow
Jul 19, 2010, 08:07 PM
not worth it

people have to realize that ppc is DEAD

OrangeSVTguy
Jul 19, 2010, 08:35 PM
not worth it

people have to realize that ppc is DEAD

So a 25 year old car is basically obsolete but that doesn't mean it's still not useful :rolleyes: Just because it's not good enough for your life anymore doesn't mean it's still not good for someone else.

iThinkergoiMac
Jul 19, 2010, 11:41 PM
...on my 10.7GHz iBook without problems.

Man... how in the world did you deal with that kind of heat?! Did you use a liquid nitrogen cooling system or something? :D

noodle654
Jul 19, 2010, 11:58 PM
I just bought a few weeks back a 1.5GHz PB and it is totally fine. Sure, it isnt that fast, and Safari crashes a lot, and flash is a problem...but it works just fine. I use it as a file base for my Davis Vantage Pro 2 weather station to log all the data that it collects. Works great for that. I love the portability of it though, its a such a perfect size.

mrsir2009
Jul 20, 2010, 12:26 AM
Just get an iPad.

For $150?

PowerGamerX
Jul 20, 2010, 10:38 AM
So a 25 year old car is basically obsolete but that doesn't mean it's still not useful :rolleyes: Just because it's not good enough for your life anymore doesn't mean it's still not good for someone else.

Exactly, I still play WoW and use YouTube (with HTML5) on mine. The SSD makes it scream.

spinnerlys
Jul 20, 2010, 10:45 AM
Man... how in the world did you deal with that kind of heat?! Did you use a liquid nitrogen cooling system or something? :D

I don't know, I was used to hell anyway.


not worth it

people have to realize that ppc is DEAD

It may be not longer be used in Apple computers, but PPC is not dead. The PS3 and XBox are based on the PPC / PPE architecture.

PowerGamerX
Jul 20, 2010, 10:52 AM
I don't know, I was used to hell anyway.




It may be not longer be used in Apple computers, but PPC is not dead. The PS3 and XBox are based on the PPC / PPE architecture.

I thought the Wii was too?

OrangeSVTguy
Jul 20, 2010, 11:20 AM
I don't know, I was used to hell anyway.




It may be not longer be used in Apple computers, but PPC is not dead. The PS3 and XBox are based on the PPC / PPE architecture.

I think he was poking fun at your typo.... lol.

...on my 10.7GHz iBook without problems.

spinnerlys
Jul 20, 2010, 11:23 AM
I think he was poking fun at your typo.... lol.

I know, I should have clarified I used Windows before I got the iBook. :)