Acquired a 12" Ibook G4 - what to check, what to upgrade...

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by JonLa, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2009
    So I've been passed an old ibook to see if I want to switch to a Mac.

    it's an ibook 12" G4, 1.33Ghz with 512k RAM and a 40GB hard drive and runs Tiger. The HD seems okay, but the battery is shot - lasts for about 30 minutes. I've checked the serial in the battery upgrade programme and that's been done.

    It seems to me, it might go another year of useful life if it had additional memory and maybe an upgrade to Leopard.

    But before I commit money to the project, do any of you have any advice on what else to check on the machine, and how to go about it? Crucial RAM for this model is a bit expensive for what it is, and Leopard seems tricky to get hold of.
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2009
    Just put in some more ram. You can grab Leopard in other ways besides ebay (check craigslist or some other websites). It'll be good to go. You can find batteries fairly easy on eBay that hold decent charge. I'd get a larger HD, unless you just want to use it as a music streaming machine.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2009
    Thanks for that - RAM is my first priority, althought I'm trying to do this on the cheap until I can be sure it's not going to die next week. I suspect by the time I've bought a gig of RAM, a replacement battery, a new ATA HD and Leopard I'll have spent a good chunk of a down payment on a whitebook or even a 13" Pro...

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