Advice on PBook upgrade

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by wattage, Oct 15, 2005.

  1. wattage macrumors 6502

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    I have a 667 pbook, 30GB hd, external 150GB Lacie, ext. Lacie D2 DL DVD-R/RW. Is it worth upgrading the processor? Or should I upgrade the HD (15gb iTunes lib, 5gb iPhoto lib). Any suggestions for specific upgrades and locations?? Thanks
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Umm... How were you planning to upgrade the CPU? I recommend just leaving it. There's really not much point upgrading such an old machine, you'll just hit bottleneck after bottleneck. :eek:
     
  3. California macrumors 68040

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    Yea, I agree with madjew. I've had that machine. Throw in a 7200rpm hd and max out the ram -- you'll be happy you did. Those 4200rpm OEM drives suck.
     
  4. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    I have that exact Powerbook, and I noticed a big speed bump after upping the RAM to 768MB and adding a 7200rpm HD in there. I know there's some place that'll let you send them your Powerbook and they'll put in a new logic board with a 1.2Ghz G4 on it, but I think it's between $400 - $500, which makes it too much to be worth it, in my book.

    I'd say try the RAM and HD upgrade, and if you still feel it's too slow, just get a new Powerbook. Oh, and put the 7200rpm drive in the new one, too.
     
  5. pigwin32 macrumors regular

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    Yep, same here, and Hitachi are now doing a 100 GB 7200rpm drive. I dropped the 60GB drive into my TiBook and it was like a new machine.
     
  6. wattage thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks guys, I would like to upgrade the RAM and HD, if I can only do one at a time, which first? Also, who should install the HD, I'm not very technical and don't want to *^%$ it up.
     
  7. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    You should go with a RAM upgrade first, and see if that speeds things up enough for you. You can easily install that yourself on a TiBook, just lift up the keyboard and there are instructions on the back of it.

    If you wanna risk the HD install on your own, go to pbfixit.com and look up a guide on how to do it. i don't know who to recommend other than that, though.
     
  8. csubear macrumors 6502a

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    But can you buy them anywhere? When i was looking for a new drive (about 4 months ago) i came across the mythical 100GB 7200 rpm drive on hatachi's website. Problem was no one in the world was actually selling them at that time.
    I ended up with a 100GB 5400 rpm drive (and that was about $200).
     
  9. California macrumors 68040

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    So you ended up with a 100gb drive in the Tibook? How's it running? And hopefully you added ram?
     
  10. csubear macrumors 6502a

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    Its in my 12" Alu book, and it was a royal pain to put in. I would of never of done it, but the original drive failed (1 month outside the warranty). I didn't notice much a a speed increase. Some things load faster, but thats about it.
     

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