New MBP... what to do with the old Powerbook G4?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by MrMan112, Jun 19, 2007.

  1. macrumors member

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    I just got a new MBP. I picked up a 2.2 $1999 version at the Apple store and I love it! I was comiung from a 3 year old Powerbook G4 (with only 512 RAM :eek: ) which was becoming one of the most frustrating things to use. If I see that beach ball again.....

    Anyway, my new MBP runs amazingly better than the G4. Programs open instantly. No beach balls. I can have multiple programs (and not just Safari, Mail and iPhoto) open without feeling the system drag. My Powerpoint presentations run the way they were meant to. I can finally use Aperture. Dashboard widgets no longer take 30 seconds to 1 minute to load. Even little things like Coverflow in iTunes run the way that Apple intended them to. ANd of course, I love having the built in camera and Frontrow.

    Anyway, the question is what the heck do I do with the Powerbook G4. I transferred everything over, so it doesn't really serve any useful purpose. Besides that, it's in appalling condition. THe hinge is broken, so I was using rubberbands to hold it closed. The case has alot of dents and scrapes. On the corner, part of the plastic trim has broken off, so you can see a hole into the machine. The powercord is in similar condition.

    I was just curious to see what you guys did with your Powerbook G4s. I appreciate any advice. THanks!
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    If it's still working fine (despite the condition), why not use it as a back-up machine?
     
  3. macrumors member

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    i hope you take better care of the new one!! as for what to do, maybe have a play and check out some modding possibilities?
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    i'm in the same situation with you, but I have an even older PB G4 :|
    It still works great for everyday use, so I'm donating it.
     
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    iSaint

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    Give it to a younger member of your family. They'll get a taste of the Mac side and you will have done your part!
     
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    Squonk

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    Congrats on the new MBP!

    What are the specs on your old PowerBook? 15"? Speed of the CPU. I might be interested in buying it for parts...
     
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    sarge

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    Hand me down

    I left mine at my parents house. Now my mom, dad, and sister all have logins and each use the machine. Of course I did max out the RAM for them (like any good son would...)
     
  8. macrumors member

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    upgrade the ram and make a family member (or members) very happy!
     
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    aixporter

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    Same boat here as I just upgraded myself to a 15" macbook pro unibody 2.53ghz 4gig.
    i've pretty much waited on this for around 5 years now and finally couldn't stand it any longer. i am left speechless with this new machine.

    Now i'm just deciding what to do with my ancient 512MB 15" powerbook g4. It doesn't even have USB2.0!
     
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    Pika

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    Because Powerbooks are so old and they still use PPC processors, i only use them to seed & leech torrent files 24h/7.
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    I was about to sell mine then all of a sudden the logic board broke. I sold it for parts on craigslist for $250. It was a 1.5ghz g4
     
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    dmmcintyre3

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    I used my iBook as a file server when I got my PowerBook that I have now. But then the iBook died. The broken hinge means it is most likely a Titanium which means it is even slower than my iBook. My iBook when it worked made a nice file server/ time machine server
     
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    drewsof07

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    Give it to your parents/grandparents/brother/sister and set it up in clamshell mode if possible with their monitor, kb, mouse, speakers.
    If it's >450mhz it should work fine as an internet/word processing machine.
     
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    drewsof07

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    HA right you are! Well I'm sure it will still apply to some people around here. Maybe keeping it up to date will prevent similar threads from forming ;)
     
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    Dale Cooper

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    Yes, I know this thread is old - but I have a similar question. I'm considering buying an old, cheap laptop, mainly for iTunes use (music mainly, I guess movies won't work very well). I want something that can be an iTunes player permanently connected to my stereo, but preferably also be used for web browsing and word processing if needed. I have pictures, movies etc on my MBP, so no heavy stuff - just iTunes, and as an emergency word processor/web browser if both my girlfriend and I need to work on something at the same time.

    So, will a iBook G3 suffice? Powerbook G4? What's the absolute minimum RAM and processor speed? I used to have a 1,3 Ghz G4 with 756Mb, which worked fine for these kinds of tasks, but can I be even cheaper;)?
     
  17. macrumors 6502a

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    Do you still have that PowerBook? Post some pics!
     

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