Fitting 12" G3 into 14" G3 iBook

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  1. wullieb1
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    Does anyone know if i'm able to do this??

    I've been watching a logicboard on eBay that is selling for peanuts with a warranty on it but i need to know if i can install it in a 14" chassis.

    So are the logicboards interchangable between models??

    Apologies if this has been said before. I did search but cam up with nothing (either that or i'm just dense)
     
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    Your money would be much better spent on a new computer.
     
  3. wullieb1
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    Yep that i do know but i can get it cheap enough, less that $100.
     
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    Well if it doesn't fit, you could probably build a custom mount for it.
     
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    14" iBook

    12" iBook

    I lack shop skills to overlay. *sobs*
     
  7. wullieb1
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    They look identical.

    I'm still confused.

    I'm just using this iBook to start with and if i like it then i'll move onto something a little better.

    I am handy at fixing PC's and know my way around a screwdriver.
     
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    I've repaired PowerBooks and Mac minis.

    There's no way I'm going to touch an iBook.

    An iBook G3 is not a good place to start your OS X experience in this age.
     
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    They are not interchangable due to differences in the battery connector. If you are good with micro soldering, maybe you could get it to work...
     
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    I was hoping that the extension on the 14" model would be simple...
     
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    iBook G3's aren't bad for OS X, mine runs 10.4.10 really well on 256 Mb of RAM (3 apps at a time only, though)
     
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    Unfortunately, it's not that simple. Remember, these are iBooks we're talking about. Nothing is particularly easy working inside one, as you know I'm sure. :)
     
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    I opened an iBook up with a dead logicboard to salvage the hard drive.

    I'm not sure what the owner did with the remains after I placed the hard drive in an enclosure. :D

    Got Quartz Extreme?
     
  14. wullieb1
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    I am quite handy with a soldering iron but to be honest if it going to be that much hassle i won't bother. I'll get one eventually i suppose.

    I might just go and buy a 2nd hand G4 Powerbook. Are these any better?? Is there anything i need to look out for??
     
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    Is there any specific reason to get a laptop?
     
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    you know, i've gotten about 3 functioning ibook g3s on here for 95-150 shipped. You can find them fairly easily for a decent amount.

    Also, what about a g4 ibook? (g4 powerbooks you mentioned, but you skipped the g4 powerbook?)

    If you don't need a laptop, i'd start with a g4 mini. you can find those fairly cheap... heck.. a g4 tower can be had for 150. That's not a horrible place to start.
     
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    Space constraints herald the need for a notebook unfortunately.

    I'll keep a look on the forums and see if any come up.
     
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    A Mac mini might be a good option then.
     
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    I ain't got the space for a desk and monitor thats why i need a laptop.

    I already have my main PC locked in a cupboard until such time as i get a bigger house where i can fit a desk in.
     
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    I think that snagging an 800MHz iBook G4 might be your best bet. With a RAM upgrade, they are plenty fast, and you can find them for around $275 on eBay.
     
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    This would be a much better option. It'd be great with Tiger and more RAM.
     
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    What does Quartz Extreme do? Would it improve the iBook's performance?
    I would let my sister know if that's the case, who I gave my iBook G3 to.
     
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartz_Compositor

     
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    Yeah, I'm lazy... so what of it??? :D

    Thanks Eidorian.

    Is it something that is just downloaded, installed, and then just runs in the background? My sister is a very basic user: email, iTunes, iPhoto, Safari
    If there is complicated stuff to do, she won't be able to do it.
     

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