Help upgrading a Lombard

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bdseager, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. bdseager macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2008

    I just bought a PowerBook G3 "Lombard" on Ebay, just for me to mess around on and do the odd bit of work on the train, but I would like to upgrade it. Eventually I want Mac OS X 10.3.5 running with a few handy IDEs and office apps.

    I have a fair amount of experience with upgrading desktop PCs, but have never touched an Apple laptop so I have a couple of questions.

    1. I want to upgrade the RAM to the max, about 300 or so MBs I think. I know that I need a PC100 SDRAM SODIMM module to do this - but does the manufacturer matter? I can find plenty on Ebay, but apple specific ones are very pricey.

    2. I want a bigger hard drive, what can I use?

    Thanks very much for any help/advice - its all greatly recieved.
  2. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    Any PC-100/133 SODIMM will work.

    Nearly any 2.5" PATA HD under 137GB will work.

  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  4. bdseager thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2008
    Cheers for the help guys,

    Just thought of another question!

    I've seen plenty of versions of Mac OS X 10.3 for sale, but some of them say they came from G4 powerbooks or other types of Mac.

    Will any version of 10.3 run on a G3 Lombard, as long as it meets the min. requirements, or would I need to get a specific version?

    Sorry if this question is a little stupid!
  5. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    you would have to buy the retail version of Panther which is a single DVD (or several CDs) with a Mac OS X graphic on the label.

    the install discs that come with another Mac are either a couple of DVDs or many CDs which are grey and are specific to that machine.

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