Ditch it or fix it?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by 512ke, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. 512ke macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2003
    My 14" 1.2GHZ iBook G4 needs: a new battery and a new DVD drive. My current battery has less than 5 minutes of life at full charge, and my DVD won't recognize discs much less burn them.

    Is my iBook worth fixing?

    I like to use my laptop for: Final Cut Express, all the iLife stuff, Final Draft and Logic Express.

    I'm on the laptop about 8 hours per day...

    I'd get a Macbook but the screen's too small for me personally.

    Do you think it's worth the investment to fix what I've got, or would I be better off investing more and getting something new?

    Thanks, 512ke
  2. chasemac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2005
    In a house.
    Ditch It!

    With the amount of time you spend you should go ahead and get a new system.
    You will enjoy it that much more. If it is within your means than get a 15" Macbook Pro.:)
  3. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2005
    I agree with the above poster

    If you got the funds, and spend 8 hours a day on it, you might as well spend 8 hours away on a new, shiny C2D MBP.
  4. Reflow macrumors 68000


    Mar 30, 2005
    Well the cheapest way would be to always keep it plugged in and get a external DVD burner if you are short on funds. Me I would take it apart and fix the drive and buy a used battery on ebay or something like that. Plus I like to take things apart
  5. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    The MacBook's screen is better than your 14" iBook's screen. It has a higher resolution, so you can fit more on the screen.

    Or don't you like it because everything is physically a smaller size (like text).
  6. Cybix macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2006
    Western Australia
    gut the old machine, and install it in your kitchen. maybe blu-tack the thing onto the front of your fridge, then you too can have a fridge-PC !! :rolleyes:
  7. Bibulous macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2005
    New battery and Dive would be about $250. Is it worth fixing is up to you.
  8. Angrist macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2005
    MI or NJ
    Just get a new battery. They run ~$150 and will have better life than the original did when it was new.

    External DVD drives are cheap too. Or if you don't use the optical drive much (like me), then don't bother with it right away.

    Yea, a nice new MBP would be nice, but it'll be more than 10 times as expensive as a quick fix.
  9. acoustics940 macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2006
    I would to also agree with just fixing it. People can easily say just buy a new one because something so small is wrong. But I its easier to talk about money than actually spending an extra $2000 for a completely new computer because of a battery. If it runs fine and does everything you need why waste money just because it is the new and cool thing to buy.
  10. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
  11. 512ke thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2003
    You wanna buy it? It has 1.25 GB of RAM. Some of the letters are worn off the keys because I've typed so much on it. The a, s c and l. Otherwise it's in good shape besides the battery and the non working DVD drive.

    Does anyone happen to know, if I buy an external DVD burner, will I still be able to use iDVD? Or is that restricted to internal drives only?

    Is it hard to install a new DVD into an iBook G4??? I'm not really skilled when it comes to technical stuff although I'd be willing to give it a go...

    For sure this machine does everything I need. I mean, I have to store my iTunes library on my external drive but otherwise it's a great computer.

    By the way, is it possible that the DVD drive is just dirty?

    Thanks, 512ke
  12. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005

    Not something to attempt if you don't think you're skilled at technical stuff. Go to iFixit.com and click guides, then find the guide for installing an optical drive. See if you feel up to the task from that.

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