Should I buy a Powerbook g4 17 with random shutdown?! Heat? for 300$

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by basement, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2008
    Hello all!

    I am looking at a powerbook G4 17 inch that seems to shutdown after some usage. It could be quickly (5min) it could be 15 min maybe longer. This seems to smack of a heat issue. I believe the ram and hard drive have already been replaced and it still shuts down.

    Has anyone else experienced this? If it is a head issue what kind of pertinent damage am i looking at?

    Here is the cap to this situation, i'm considering buying the computer... (sorry if this should be posted elsewhere its my first post) Sounds like a bad idea but its being sold for 300$ and if it comes down to it i can sell parts to make it back.

    Its a Powerbook G7 17 inch 120gig drive and 1gig of ram.

    Any help would be appreciated! Im bringing my thumb drive to look at it on Saturday so i can take a few diagnostic programs if you recommend.

    Thanks everyone, best to you all!

  2. macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2003
    King of Prussia, PA
    Personally, I wouldn't buy that computer. Even if there were no issues (shutting down after some usage due to heat? Sounds like a deal-breaker to me), a Powerbook G4 (read: several generations of technology and many years behind current models) isn't worth $300.

    Save up a little longer and go for an entry-level MacBook.
  3. H$R
    macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2008
    would you buy a car which randomly stops every 5 to 15 minutes? I wouldn't. How do you expect to really do some work with it? It might shut down the when you didn't safe important info.

    Plus yeah it's old (still usable and used of course by others). better check for a refurbished Macbook and safe some money there for a good model.

    I don't really have an idea of diagnostic programs for macs because I am a new user myself.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Island Dog

    Sep 11, 2005
    St. Cloud, FL.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    If you are good at tinkering with computers and are willing to talk him down in the price, it might be worth it. I purchased a cheap Dell laptop that pretty much had the same problem - overheating. I figured the fans were simply clogged with dust. I was right, and after opening it up and cleaning it out it works great. However if its a hardware issue, you might be out of luck.
  6. macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2007
    Only if you really know what you're doing. There are a lot of good Macs out there + why not add a couple of hundred $$ and get something that works? Seems like a no-brainer.
  7. macrumors 68000


    Mar 30, 2005
    Well if you do buy it and can't figure out. You could sell it for parts. To me it seems like a good deal if you like taking things apart..

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