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maximum performance from my iBook

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by BenWakin, Sep 20, 2003.

  1. macrumors member

    What can I do to get the max performance out of my iBook? i.e. allocating ram and stuff like that?
  2. Moderator emeritus

    Putting the full load of RAM will help keep the operating system from dipping into the hard drive as quickly as it would otherwise.

    Of course, upgrading to a faster hard drive would also help performance.

    It looks as though you have a good machine though. Probably, by summer 2004, there will be processor upgrades for your machine to take it further.
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    iBook processor upgrades?, how?
  4. macrumors member

    Can't upgrade Ibooks CPU as it's soldered to the mo' board. Powerbook Pismo was the last Powerbook with removable CPU board, and hence has CPU upgrades available.

    Best you could do for the Ibook is to max out the RAM to the full 640mb (one 512mb module). Use PC100 2-2-2 RAM, as this is the fastest with lowest latency. OS X love RAM.

    Secondley, replace the internal hard drive with a 5400RPM or 7200RPM hard drive....the Hitachi Travelstars 40GNX (40gb 5400RPM) & 7K60 (60Gb 7200RPM) are great performers & quiet, also come with 8mb cache.

    Don't know much else that can help hardware wise.

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    yeah, that's what I thought, however, the old Powerbooks have upgradeable processors, how does that work?
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    Is it possible to upgrade the hd on the 15" TiBook. 4200 rpms is too slow.
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    Yes, that is possible.... my boss just had that done by the local Mac Store (which we designed, cool)

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