old powerbook needs update advice

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by ashray98, Jan 13, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    So, I need a little help in determining what I should do and can do to update my powerbook. As I said, it is old. I think I got it in 01 or 02.
    667 MHz, 512 Ram (yes, it is enough for me at the moment),
    running 10.2.8
    When I got it, it was top of the line, and I used it for graphics and drafting. I was the queen of OS9 (I got it right when they came out wiht OSX, and my office was not ready to switch.) Anyway, I have since left the field, and use my powerbook mostly for word docs, reseach, email, itunes, and playing with photos in photoshop, but I have been way out of the loop as far as the innerworking of the computer. Years ago, m husband spilled lots of liquid on it and did not tell me. A few months ago, after taking it in for a weird noise, i was told about the massive amount of corrosion it it. They disconnected the speakers (making the noise) and told me they were surprised it still worked. Here I am years later, and it still kicks ass! But it does seem sluggish sometimes and I want to update a few things. So, now that I have given probably more than enough background, here are my questions. (Oh, I removed OS9 about 6 months ago, thanks to this forum...)
    1. Is there some sort of system check or repair to run, just to make sure everything is running properly? I remember something like this from os9, but no clue now.
    2. Will I be able to upgrade directly from os10.2.8 to either tiger or leopard or do i have to step up each one?
    3. We will be buying a new Imac soon for my husband, will i be able to use that OS to upgrade my laptop?

    Any other suggestions? I would like to get a new one sometime, but for now, the IMac is priority.

    Thanks, and sorry for being so wordy...
     
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    dpaanlka

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    512mb is a lot for most people who only do one thing at a time, believe it or not.

    You can always get more RAM.

    You can go from Jaguar to Tiger, yes. For my peace of mind, I usually backup all my important files, and completely erase the hard drive and reinstall the new OS and all my apps, then replace my important files. This gives me a fresh clean feeling.

    Use Disk Utility (Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility) to repair file permissions.

    No, you cannot use a new Mac's OS on that thing.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the advice. Now I just need to buy Tiger.

    And amazingly enough, back in the day, even with 512, I could have photoshop, pagemaker, and my drafting program (PowerCadd) running with large files, and no problems.
     
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    dpaanlka

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    Yes, thats Mac OS classic for you.
     
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    California

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    splurge and bump the ram to 1gig. Then buy a 100gb Hitachi Travelstar 7200rpm hard drive. I had this same machine until a while ago, with these maxed out specs on Tiger. It was great. Also, you can add a Superdrive to it. These additions can be done very easily by you alone. I know because i did it myself. VERY easy on a Tibook. When the Tibook gives up the ghost, part out the ram and the machine after you pull the hard drive.
     

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