G4 Powerbook 867Mhz

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by JK.online, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. macrumors member

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    I'm looking to get this laptop as just something I can carry around with my music and so I can use it for word processing/note taking.

    Will this run Tiger/Word well enough for what I intend to do?

    Are there any notable problems I should be looking out for?

    Cheers,

    Jake.

    P.S. The specs are:

    867Mhz Processor
    640Mb Memory
    40Gb Hard Disk Drive
    DVD/ CD-RW Drive
    12" Screen
    Bluetooth Adapter
    Firewire, USB, Modem, Ethernet Ports
     
  2. macrumors Core

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    i have this exact laptop. same config too except i have BT/Airport Extreme

    i mainly use it for browsing/word/email/adium and i have no problem with it. you'll be able to run Tiger on it just fine. and Word works very well.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    MI or NJ
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    Yup, that machine will be fine for Tiger / Word.

    If you bump the RAM another 512 (Mactrackers says you can), then it'll run better. Crucial 1GB sticks run about $120 right now.

    I'd also say that Airport would be useful, part of the advantage of having a laptop is that you can go to a library/coffee shop and get online. Check email, search the web, etc. I don't know how hard it is to add an airport card to that model, but then you're looking at another $100 ballpark.

    All in all, the 12" powerbook is a great machine, small and light, easy to use on an airplane, etc. Smaller than an 8.5x11 stack of paper, so it lives in a backpack well.
     
  4. macrumors Core

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    might not be worth the RAM upgrade, if only because the 640 isn't too bad for me personally. if you plan on having more than what i listed above open then perhaps try it and see if you think you'd benefit from it.

    i do agree with the Airport card though. they are very easy to put in on this model too. there is a slot for it in the battery bay. they sell the cards refurbished on Apple's site, so thats something to look into.
     
  5. macrumors G4

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    I've got that one. Four years old now and the only thing wrong with it is my grubby fingerprints on the keyboard. As suggested go for a 1GB RAM stick as it will take it.

    I run Tiger on mine. Nowhere near as fast as my iMac, but still very usable when you have three or four programs open. I wouldn't use it for iDVD, but for Word it's fine.
     

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