How can I get my pb to perform better?

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

  1. macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2008
    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
  2. macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    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

    Jun 26, 2010
    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


    Aug 21, 2004
    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.
  5. macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    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

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
  7. macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2010
    that sounds like a nice powerbook. should be good for a while yet.

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