Okay, this is kind of a "vote by hands" sort of deal. I currently have the Powerbook in my sig, and I love that thing, but it's starting to die. This week the battery completely died, meaning that if it's not plugged in, the computer loses all power and shuts down completely. I mean, the system clock even resets itself. I've left it plugged in overnight, and the dang thing holds NO charge whatsoever. iBatt told me my laptop had no battery. Hmmm... The hard drive is also making grinding and clicking sounds, and everything is running incredibly slow now that that noise has started. I've tried everything from running the defrag thingie through Terminal to repairing permissions, and I'm pretty sure it's a hardware problem. I have two options. One is to buy a new battery and a new hard drive - I'd probably go for a 7200rpm Hitachi one and a NuPower (I think that's what they're called - OWC has 'em) battery that is higher capacity, which I figure would cost me $250 all in all. Option two is to buy one of those deliciously awesome new iBooks for $949 (student price). It would be guaranteed to work for at least a year, and there's really no chance of anything breaking that Apple couldn't replace, versus the Powerbook which could have more wrong with it than I think. I can't sell the Powerbook because it technically isn't mine, but my dad's, but I can pretty much do anything else to it. So there's no money coming in from that. What do you guys think? I'm not doing high-end work that requires a 1.33Ghz processor, but it would be nice to have the extra power. Then again, with a new hard drive and battery, the Pb could fly. Also, as you can tell from the old G3's I recently resurrected in my sig, I hate to leave a good Mac behind... but if I have to... Opinions? Votes either way?