iBook G3 + SSD

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by crammedberry, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. crammedberry, Feb 12, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2011

    macrumors regular


    Jan 5, 2011
    Hey guys... I looked around and it doesn't seem like many people have attempted this...

    I had an iBook G3, that was excruciatingly slow... as expected for a computer that is 10 years old. Just a couple of weeks back the HD inside the laptop died, so I decided to try and see what difference an Solid State Drive would make on a computer this old, and if it was worth it.

    I ran into some problems, which forced me to open up the computer more times than I'd like... at least I'm iBook proficient now.. haha...

    My thoughts... the SSD was definitely worth it... it used to be that the HD was the bottleneck, even though the computer's processing capabilities weren't exactly enterprise class, there was considerable amount of waste, in having the the rest of the system wait for the HD to catch up...

    Now it seems that the bottleneck is the processor, since it is maxed most of the time with the HD easily breezing through....

    The computer boots very fast... programs run very fast... all the 'fast' is a given, seeing as it's an SSD... a HUGE improvement, processing wise it's still the same, but at least I don't have to wait around since loading things is almost instant.

    iBook G3 600MHz 640MB 32GB SSD

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    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    very cool......


    i had thought about same thing with my mini ppc,but went with samsung 160 gig 8mb mainly because of $

    how is browsing web? did you notice a big difference or does cpu still slow things down?
  3. macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2011
    Great man!

    Im getting a powerbook g4 15" 1.67GHz really soon and i´ve been thinking about the ssd change.
    Is it possible to buy a sata ssd and fit it in with a pata to sata cable?
    Mainly because the sata ssds are cheaper:)
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    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
  5. macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2010
    SSD details?

    Can you give more info on which SSD you used, price, etc.
  6. macrumors regular


    Dec 29, 2005
    This is very interesting. I am using my 12'' 1ghz Powerbook, but i find it really slow when opening programs or using spotlight.

    OK i am using 10.5.8 and i guess tiger would be better. But i was looking of ways to boost its performance as it's the only laptop that i got right now.

    I don't need any processing power because i only use it for simple coding and word/spreadsheet processing.

    Really need some more info about it. And that Ide to Sata adapter thing:)
  7. thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 5, 2011
    It's sped up a bit in almost everything... including a little bit in web browsing... I'm assuming since the spotlight/paging processes are faster with the SSD, it doesn't have to spend much time/resources on them. I'm running tiger... which runs quite well given a 10 year machine.

    I used a KingSpec 32GB SSD which I got for $85 shipped on ebay
    It's a native PATA, so I didn't have to use any adaptors... when I was looking for a replacement HD I considered trying to mess with an SATA drive, but there really isn't any room inside the machine, an adaptor wouldn't fit. It is possible inside a bigger machine, like an iMac G4 but not a laptop.

    I'm pretty happy with it... and considering PATA drives are so hard to find these days and most of them go for the price of the SSD anyway, it was a nice experiment. When I was testing it it didn't seem to show much improvement (benchmark wise... I used xBench)... but practically it was pretty obvious... everything is so snappy, so maybe I'm just bad at testing.
  8. macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2010
    very nice

    i was going to do the same with my g4 but decided i needed more space more than more speed.

    love to see people using ibooks
  9. macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2013
    I can't partition my Kinspec 32gb pata SSD with ibook... I'm trying install Tiger 10.4.6 and disk utility says "operation timed out" after 40 minutes formatting... But recognizes it properly!
  10. macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2013
    I get

  11. macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Your SSD may have failed. I suggest making a new thread about your problem.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2009
    Hi, i just did the same for my iBook g3 clamshell but I get some strange wake up issues. Like black screen and have to reboot. Did you noticed that?

  13. thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 5, 2011
    Hey, I never experienced any issues with mine... No black screen and no wake up issues. That seems like a separate underlying problem. In fact I still have the iBook, I've put Debian on it before and was thinking of doing the same thing again for old times' sake.

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