PowerbookG4 Titanium 550MHz

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by casey37812, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    #1
    i was just wondering if anyone knew how fast my powerbook g4 would run with these upgrades.


    10gb harddrive to 160gb WD

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8692373&type=product&id=1198286608739


    512mb ram to 1gb ram


    im also running tiger 10.4.11

    i was also wondering if i should ugrade my video card....


    Chipset Model: ATY,RageM6
    Type: Display
    Bus: AGP
    Slot: ATI
    VRAM (Total): 16 MB
    Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
    Device ID: 0x4c59
    ROM Revision: 113-XXXXX-115
    Displays:


    i just wanna be able to browse the internet fast and run garage band. and watch hulu and youtube with no lag.
    dvds play fine with no lag idk why youtube and hulu lag so much

    HELP!
     
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  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. macrumors G3

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    You can't upgrade your video card.

    Flash video relies on your processor and graphics card to decode it, that's why Hulu lags but the DVD player does not.

    There are other things you can do to speed it up a little. Disabling Dashboard, getting rid of the bouncing dock icons on launch, getting rid of the drop shadows around the windows all help. Google on how to do these things.

    Every little bit helps on a Powerbook like yours, and I did notice a difference between a 5400 and 7200rpm drive on a older MacBook. While they won't technically speed up your computer they will make it feel faster.
     
  5. MTI
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    Faster spinning hard drives complete their jobs doing seeks and reads/writes quicker and do make the computer "faster." While the processor isn't any faster, the increased speed in fetching and writing of programs and data helps.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    what could i do about the video lag and even when i get on imeem i get lag on the music and everything runs slow.
     
  7. macrumors G4

    daneoni

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    Nothing in terms of hardware besides buying a new computer. Recent machines are only able to cope due to having dual core processors. Flash sucks on OS X thats just the bottom line.

    An alternative would be to watch non-HD videos and go back to standard 320x480 vids
     
  8. macrumors regular

    Jurwin

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    Really, save your money sell your G4 and get an old intel macbook or mbp.
     

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