Apple Newbie with questions :-)

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by davewill2010, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. davewill2010 macrumors member

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    Hi All,

    Just today purchased off ebay (waiting for it to arrive) a 12" ibook G4 with a 1.33gh processor and 1gb RAM running Leopard. Never owned anything Apple before so have a few questions:

    1. Any OS upgrade options?
    2. RAM upgrade options?
    3. Can the hard drive be upgraded for more space?
    4. Looking at getting an Apple Time Capsule for backups, will this work with it?

    Ummmm anything I need to know? Will basically be used for surfing and email.

    Thanks in advance guys!
     
  2. Shadow%20Mac macrumors 6502

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    1.) Nope. OS X Leopard (10.5) was the last version of OS X to support Power PC chips.
    2.) That Mac has some ram soldered to the motherboard, as well as 1 ram slot under the keyboard. It accepts DDR1 ram clocked at 667MHz
    3.) Yes
    4.) Yes
     
  3. davewill2010 thread starter macrumors member

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    2. What is maximum amount?
    3. Is there a limit to what capacity and what type of drive would I need please?

    PS guessing this mac doesnt have bluetooth right?
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    1.5 GB and no limit, but you need a drive like these.

    As for Bluetooth, check :apple: > About This Mac > More Info ... > Hardware > Bluetooth, as my 12" 1GHz iBook had BT, though I had to buy a special model, but you can upgrade your iBook with a BT module, if you really need one.
     
  5. RedCroissant Suspended

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    2. 1.5 GB
    3. It's an ATA drive and there are a few possibilities. Go to www.macsales.com for some ideas. there are 5400rpm drives, 7200rpm drives, and OWC even has sone Legacy SSD options(although they are considerably more expensive).

    ***EDIT***

    SIM! You beat me to the answer by seconds!
     
  6. skateny macrumors 6502

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    Your iBook shipped with BlueTooth. The last version of Leopard is 10.5.8.

    Go to the :apple: in the upper left of the display and select "About This Mac." Then select "More Info..." You'll see data about hardware and software.
     
  7. ppcfanforever1 macrumors regular

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    When you get the mac and go to about this mac post the specifications and we could help you a little bit more on these questions. Is this your first mac? If so congratz :D
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

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    The OP already gave most of the relevant information, screen size and CPU speed give us the correct model, thus the already existing replies, which answered the OP's questions.

    Hmm, are you a ....... maybe?
     
  9. ppcfanforever1 macrumors regular

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    There were different models of the 12" so Im asking just incase. And am I a what?
     
  10. simsaladimbamba

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    There was only one 12" and one 14" 1.33 GHz iBook, and the OP has the 12" model, thus that iBook can accept 256 MB more RAM than the 14" iBook with the same CPU frequency.

    And as I read your post, you reminded me of some spamming tactics, but looking at your post history, I realised, I was mistaken.
     
  11. ppcfanforever1 macrumors regular

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    I feel so dumb, Im terribly sorry I thought he said he had a powerbook g4 12" my bad. Ok so yeah excuse my previous posts. And no Im not spamming lol :p
     
  12. simsaladimbamba

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    No need to feel sorry, this is just a message board and it is an acceptable mistake (hell, look at some of my past posts what ridiculous posts I made - though due to so much posts of mine, finding them will be a bot tricky, as I bury them quite deep).

    And I know you are not a spammer, but sometimes spammers use that tactic to post repeating questions that have already been asked or answered.

    Have fun with the thermal paste and your TiBook. And only apply it to the CPU, not anywhere else. And go here.
     
  13. ppcfanforever1 macrumors regular

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    Thanks :)
     
  14. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    Why did you buy it?
     
  15. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

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    Is this what you meant?
     
  16. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    I meant why did he buy the computer?
     
  17. davewill2010 thread starter macrumors member

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    I bought it because after over 25 years of working with PCs I had never even touched a Mac until last week when a customer asked me to do some work on his and I enjoyed so much the non windoze interface that I decided to get myself a cheap one to see if the bug bites! Waiting somewhat patiently for City-Link to deliver it later today but already looking at other Macs as well LOL!
     
  18. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    Then you bought the wrong computer. You'll be a minimum of three generations behind in OSX, none of the parts are the same PowerPC to intel you really won't "learn" anything. It's a neat and fun computer made back when it was Apple Computer Inc. but nothing more. It's like me buying a P3/4 with either windows 2000 or XP to find out about Windows. In two months I'll hate it because it will run very little and won't run it well.
     
  19. davewill2010 thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't see why it is the WRONG computer, I plan to use it for getting used to OS X and for basic e-mail and web browsing and nothing more. If I enjoy it then I will get a more recent one but didn't see the point in outlaying a ton of cash if I end up not using it very much.
     
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    I agree..though you'll find out
     

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