Powerbook 12'' G4 1,33ghz

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by marchellobb, Oct 22, 2010.

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    I found one for sale for 300$, broken disc drive.

    I went to try it out and i couldnt seem to do anything with it, youtube shuts off safari (works if java is turned on but i cant watch videos anyway), all sites seem disproportioned and assorted oddly.

    Could I upgrade it to Leopard from my leopard CD that came with my 13'' uni (which was stolen)?

    Is the price too steep? I dont need a heavy duty machine, just something that will run fine.
     
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    spinnerlys

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    You can't use the grey Restore DVDs on any other Mac than the one it they came with or the exact same model.

    Btw, that machine is quite old and will not be able to properly play YouTube Flash videos or any other bigger Flash videos.

    Have you tried a newer version of Safari or another browser?

    And to install Leopard onto it, you need to buy the Retail version via eBay, which still costs around 129 USD.
     
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    Oh... So i'd have to pay 150$ for a leopard cd?

    Will it work alright with 1gb or ram or will it be even more ******? Will leopard fix the issues with the websites and make the computer a bit faster?

    Also how would I install it if the DVD drive is broken?
     
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    spinnerlys

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    129 USD or maybe a bit less sometimes and if you are lucky.

    It will work alright, but more RAM is never bad. A newer browser version of what browser you use, compatible with the OS version you run, might fix the issue.

    External Optical Disc Drive (ODD) via Firewire.
     
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    So basically it'd all come down to near 500$. I might as well just spit out more cash and get a 2006+ white or blackbook then i suppose
     
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    Actually, you can use the restore discs on other Macs, because a pretty universal OS X is installed on it. In your case, you cant do this because the uni is an Intel, and that OS X wont work eith the PowerPC. You can also install it by using the uni's DVD drive in FW target mode.
     
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    Definitely. $300 is way too steep, esp. considering that PPC isn't supported anymore.
     
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    Yep, agree with you completely. If the CD drive were working and it had a working battery & both original video cables and the RAM was maxed to 1.25 GB then I would consider paying $300.
     
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    Offer half the price.

    I just refurb'ed my old PBook, exact same spec, and am really happy with it (although I wouldn't have paid $300 for it admittedly). Can you borrow a friend's machine to do a network install of Leopard?

    After doing a fresh install of Leopard on my G4, I find that YouTube runs fine in Firefox, along with iLife and iWork '09 apps. (I have the ram at 1.25GB though.) You can pick up 1GB of PC2700 on eBay for ~$40. For less than $200, I'd say the machine's worth it.
     

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