How can I get my pb to perform better?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by rwm514, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

    #1
    I have a mint condition 17 in 1.33 ghz , 1 gig ram, 80 gb hd PowerBook. I really love it. It seems a bit thinner than the 12 in and 15 in models.
    I got it mainly to use as a server for my iPhone with iTunes vids, music, apps and lots of pics and videos from iPhoto. I also like to watch some videos and flash content on it at times. That is where it suffers, choppy and sometimes just won't play hd content that I have:(
    Also when I ask alot from it it occasionally crashes.
    I hate to spend the money for a newer machine and wondering if a bigger better hd might help or adding some ram would help it play video better. What do u think, upgrade to something newer? Can it be improved much? Thx oh yeah it's on 10.5.8
     
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    cherry su

    #2
    Your powerbook is indeed thinner than the 12" and 15" powerbooks. The easiest upgrade you could do is to install a SSD in the machine. Keep in mind that you'll need a 2.5" PATA (or simply ATA) SSD, not a SATA unit. Upgrading the RAM would also help (not sure by how much relative to the SSD), but it is certainly a lot less expensive than the SSD.
     
  3. macrumors regular

    #3
    For flash content on Youtube, you could try MacTubes or the Firefox add-on FlashVideoReplacer.

    Video playback is mainly cpu intensive, so upgrading the hard drive and ram won't help much.
     
  4. macrumors 68040

    California

    #4
    You can do this:

    1. Get top of the line IDE superdrive dvd burner.

    2. Max out your ram to two gigs. (do this.)

    3. Put in either an SSD or a 320gb hard disc drive (largest for PATA/IDE format, it will actually improve overall performance)

    4. iLife 08.

    That's about it. Do the above and it will feel snappier happier.
     
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    OrangeSVTguy

    #5
    Yeah do #s 2 and 3. 1 and 4 won't help much with youtube ;):p

    Don't expect it to play any HD content even after you have basically maxed out everything.
     
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    tom vilsack

    #6
  7. macrumors regular

    #7
    that sounds like a nice powerbook. should be good for a while yet.
     

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