Welcome to the club!I made an account here just to post in this thread. I've got the 17" PowerBook G4 1.67GHz. Paid $50 for it at a used computer store a couple years ago. They wanted $100 but said "I'll give it to you half off as long as you never bring it here again"
It's been about as reliable as can be since, albeit a bit slow and hot as these things usually are.
Finally looking into upgrades. Saw about the old Daytech 2GHz logic boards, do you think it would be possible for one to manually do such an upgrade? A PowerPC 7448 would be nice, as would more than 2GB RAM but I doubt you can do anything about that. Any sort of video chip replacements I might do, too? Maybe even a video memory upgrade to 256MB?
I know you can upgrade iBooks in a similar way (PowerBook G4 12" video chips are drop in replacements).
Also, how much benefit would I get from an SSD on this machine? If I do replace it, I might go with Tiger instead of Leopard - Is Tiger any faster?
I can't answer your questions regarding the logicboard/cpu/gpu and such, but regarding the SSD. Yes, it will help. It has to have a converter to the PATA bus (unless it's a PATA SSD) which slows things down a bit, but it generally speeds things up.
As far as Leopard and Tiger, if speed is your only requirement then yes. Tiger will always be faster than Leopard, even with the ability to tweak Leopard.
That said, Leopard is far more compatible with later programs, has a more robust Finder and better networking. It's also got TimeMachine where Tiger does not.
But yeah - Tiger is faster.