my dad is looking for a laptop, and i'd like to move him to the world of apple and get him a used g3 ibook as a combined christmas/birthday present. his vision isn't that great, so a 14" is an absolute must (i know the resolution isn't better than the 12" but the larger size will help), and he would like to be able to use it to watch dvd's, so a drive capable of reading dvd's is a must as well. as far as i can tell from www.lowendmac.com, all of the white 14" ibooks came with a combo drive as it is. i thought i'd try here as i know there are lots of folks here who take care of their apple products, thereby increasing the likelihood that i can get one in really good shape. i've been looking at the for sale ads on the local craigslist, and haven't really been seeing any ibooks with the specs or general condition that i'm looking for. of course, ebay is another potential source and i'm checking out some auctions there as well. here are the minimum specs i'm looking for: - g3 processor - he does NOT need a g4 and my budget won't cover one! - dvd-rom drive, combo preferred (and probably automatic in this line anyway) - excellent cosmetic and working condition - must come with a battery that holds a decent charge, power cord, and original system disks - prefer airport card included/already installed - original box would be ideal, but not required i would pay up to $525 (shipped, preferably) for one in excellent condition that meets these requirements. i might consider a trade (plus cash, of course) for the 12" powerbook in my sig. i've been thinking of upgrading to a powerbook with dvi-out and an external display anyway, and i could use the cash to go towards this. my powerbook is in great condition (no dead pixels, 3 minor scratches only) and has the applecare extended warranty through september 2006. it would come with a retail version of ilife '04, and i have the original box, packaging, disks, and all accessories, plus a spare battery just purchased earlier this year. i value this powerbook at around $900 - $1,000 looking at comparable systems on ebay. post here or pm me with any offers. feel free to email me directly at m dot schultz at mac dot com. thanks!