15" 1ghz powerbook vs new ibook?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by zeeko, Jul 16, 2005.

  1. zeeko macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2005
    Ok, well i was planning on buying a new ibook for college, and then my mom spilled coffee on her 1ghz powerbook combo/ no AP/64MB vid card. We thought it was a goner but she gave it to a friend and he "fixed" it. The only problem is that now it won't go to sleep, if you shut it or put it to sleep some loud noise comes from the inside, a fan or harddrive i'mnot sure which, i think the guy who fixed it said there might have been a bit of damage near the hd. So... i can't put it to sleep or close the lid with it on, and the battery life kinda sucks on it, i thinki get about 1:45 minutes on a full charge. and there is no airport extreme on it either. the battery on the bottom is also somewhat loose or soemthing, i picked it up today when it was on, and the thing just shut off on me :( i'm not sureif i just wiggled the battery funny or what... so Do i buy AP Ext., and a new battery for this one and just keep it? or do i just buy a new ibook, or new 12" powerbook?

  2. macbaseball macrumors 6502a


    Feb 27, 2005
    Northern California
    I'd go for a 12 inch Powerbook. I would always go with a better computer if you can afford it. If you are going to be using it all the time, you might as well have the best 12 inch. As for your Mom's Powerbook, it sounds like it's going downhill. It sounds as if the problems weren't completely fixed, and it probably would be a pain. That's just my opinion though.
  3. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    Time to purchase a new machine. Get the best one you can afford. Put the old one on eBay to start your "New Mac Fund".
  4. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    I agree 100% with macbaseball's above post.
    Go for a new 12" PowerBook G4.
  5. timmyb macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2005
    United Kingdom
    I think that a new iBook would be the best option, especially when you add 1GB RAM and get the largest HD. They have a great battery life and are more durable, two very important factors for college, (and of course they are cheaper.)
  6. wide macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2004
    If you think the speed on that powerbook is enough, I would get an iBook G4 and then sell it next year when the Intel PowerBooks are released. I think you're getting ripped off if you buy a PowerBook now, especially because they are going to be updated soon, certainly by september.
  7. zeeko thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2005
    my computer use is quite minimal, just mainly web surfing/wordprocessor some powerpoint/keynote.. maybe some neverwinter nights or some rpg but i don't do much gaming or any kind of photoshop programs... i was thinking that somewhere down the line i could buy an extra monitor/wireless keyboard mouse so would the ibook or powerbook be best for that?
  8. JonMaker macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2004
    A powerbook would be *much* better for use with an external monitor, unless you want to use an officially unsupported hack to make the iBook use screen spanning....

    I strongly suggest getting a new 'Book, though. By the sounds of things, that PowerBook may die and gobble up all your data. :eek:
  9. zeeko thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2005
    ARG i want to get the ibook but i want 64MB video ram :( when are the upgrades
  10. MacDawg macrumors P6


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    The coffee PB doesn't appear to be reliable at this point, and that should be a huge consideration. If you have an Apple Store nearby, you can have them check it out, but I would recommend getting your own...

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  11. zeeko thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2005
    arg the pb refurbs @ apple store are tempting me.. do i wait or buy the 12"

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