i got this old Powerbook G4 and idk what to do with it. help!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by optimus prime, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular

    so this PBG4 belongs to my girlfriend's brother. well he doesnt use it anymore he has a macbook.

    i still don't have the charger to this and i haven't been able to turn it on yet. can someone enlightenme and tell me which model this is? also, i've checked Mactracker and i don't know what memory i should use to speed this thing up. is it even worth bringing back up from the dead? my girlfriend uses a compaq presario which is garbage and she doesn't like it. im thinking can i make this powerbook better than her current computer? she's saving to get a macbook but i hope she can use this in the mean time.



  2. Moderator emeritus


    Without the charger, it going to be difficult to tell what you can do with it, as no one knows how it is currently configured. If you don't get the charger from him, i'm sure you can find one on ebay fairly cheap.
  3. macrumors 6502

  4. macrumors regular

    he said he upgraded the OS to tiger and then it got reaaal slow and it wasn't worth it anymore. haha
  5. macrumors 6502

    I bet he said it was real slow due to it lacking a decent amount of ram. I find Tiger quite snappy as long as you have 512+ mb of ram, even on an older G3 Mac.

    Any G4 with at least 512mb of ram should run Tiger decently, a bigger plus would be a graphics card that supports Quartz Extreme to speed up window rendering.

    Edit #1: There should be a model number on it somewhere, check the bottom of the laptop.

    Edit #2: If you get the serial number, you can enter it here:
    and Apple will tell you the warranty information on it, even though it is going to be expired it should still tell you the model it is.
  6. macrumors regular

  7. macrumors 6502

  8. macrumors regular

    where do i find the memory??


  9. macrumors 6502

  10. macrumors regular

    thanks a lot bro
  11. macrumors 6502

    No problem.

    If you get it working at a minimal cost, it'll make a nice wireless web surfing, email, IM and word processing machine.

    Just beware of flash websites; things like youtube will barely play.
  12. macrumors regular

    thanks again bro. i just need to find some memory. come to find out, it was only using 128MB -_-

    how do i take the hard drive out?
  13. macrumors 6502


    This site is great for taking apart and upgrading older Mac laptops, they have very detailed guides. They also sell replacement parts that can be hard to come by.

    Check out the HD Replacement one for a good amount of detail on that.

    Definitely upgrade that 128, any version of OS X is going to be painful with that much. Just don't go nuts buying parts for such an old laptop, may be better to just save the money for something else.
  14. macrumors regular

    yeah, i'm thinking about getting another powerbook g4 ti for cheap
  15. macrumors 6502

    The late model 1 Ghz Ti would be a nice Tiger/Leopard machine. My old iBook G4 1 ghz was great in Tiger, the two laptops are very similar in specs. Never felt slow unless I opened a ton of programs at once on my paltry 640 mb ram.
  16. macrumors 65816


    wow i'm on holidays in thailand at the moment and saw that the old ti PB's hd was made in THailand. coolio

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