I do have a G5 Powerbook now (sort of)... yes I do!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by California, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    I was replying to another thread about the guy who did not know if he should keep the smallest, best laptop Apple ever made (12" powerbook... he had a 867 slowest, I have a 1.5ghz fastest) or not and thought I should post it...

    ... as I do now have a G5 Powerbook! When it is a desktop, that is.

    I just solved my being in love with my slower Powerbook 12" 1.5ghz
    (yours is even slower, sorry) by buying a Powermac G5 and an Apple Display.

    I've been target mode booting the 250gb hard drive in my Powerbook (you should get one for you 867mhz) into the G5 and using it with the Apple Cinema Display and Leopard for backups.

    So basically, I am running a G5 Powerbook (YES THIS IS THE breakthrough) and when I need the best smallest laptop Apple ever made to go on the go, I'm ready.

    I'm a PPC geek, tho. And you know what i would do if i were you, actually? Sell it and get a used 1.5ghz 12" powerbook like mine. When you are on the go, it's got more maxed memory and more CPU.

    So when I am in target mode with the Powerbook, I get the almost the full advantage of running the Powerbook hard drive with a G5 processor. Best of both worlds for PPC geeks.

    Leopard is great on the 12" powerbook 1.5ghz with maxed memory and maxed 250gb hard drive and Dashboard disabled.
  2. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    Ermm, most misleading thread title ever?

    It could be a contender...
  3. California thread starter macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
  4. colonels1020 macrumors regular


    Mar 9, 2006
  5. Henri Gaudier macrumors 6502a

    Henri Gaudier

    May 4, 2005
    The lamest, most inane thread I've ever read. Having controlled the need to swear furiously .... does 1.67 GHz ring any bells for fastest?
  6. California thread starter macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    I almost just bought one. Or I could have plunked down 400 bucks to have a 1.67 bumped to 2.0 by Daystar. Or I could plunk down even more to get my 1.5ghz powerbook sped up to 2.0ghz

    Swear away. If you can't take a joke, I'm happy with my 23" ACD and Powermac G5 using my 12" Powerbook's hard drive.

    As long as it is on my desk, it is a G5 Powerbook for me!

    IT IS A JOKE PEOPLE BECAUSE I USE MY 12" PB WITH MY MONITOR ALL THE TIME! It is just nice to have a G5 CPU and five gigs of ram running it.
  7. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    second that. there are probably 100 000 people out there using their notebooks in target disk mode with a desktop mac. or simply use cronosync. so lame it's not even funny anymore.
  8. California thread starter macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    I actually posted it to see if anyone was out there who could tell me if I was getting the full benefit through 400 Firewire of the Powermac or whatever problems might arise with target disk mode.

    I wasn't aware that a lot of people were target disking their lappies all the time, and i've been on MR for four years.

    I am just one happy gal to have figured it out. I wanted more speed on Leopard with the powerbook.
  9. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    just give in to intel already! once you do you will be like why did i ever love ppc so much haha
  10. California thread starter macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004

    Intel has cooties for me. Still not sure why.
  11. raymondu999 macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2008
    errm... you can only bump the proc to 1.67, from 1.5. for 15/17 inchers, they made it 2GHz. and you had to upgrade 1.5 to 1.67 for 12 inch, and 1.67 to 2 for 15/17
  12. California thread starter macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    I think you are right. and they wanted $699 for that 12" bump.

    If I keep it through next August when my Applecare runs out, maybe.
  13. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    I had.... a lot of trouble following the opening post.

    In fact, I'm still not sure I understood what he was trying to say.

    What the hell?
  14. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    He uses his G4 PowerBook in FireWire Target Disk Mode when he's at home and plugged in to his G5 tower.

    So he pretty much doesn't actually have a G5 laptop.
  15. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    so youre using your PowerBook's hard drive (thats it) with your PowerMac's CPU, mobo, graphics card and display without the mobility and your calling it a PowerBook G5? :eek::eek::D
  16. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    Hm. Yeah I guess. My problems with comprehension stemmed from his... not really making any sense. :)
  17. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
  18. David G. macrumors 65816

    Apr 10, 2007
    Until there is a G5 inside your PowerBook it will remain as a G4 PowerBook. Sorry.
  19. California thread starter macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    She was trying to say that she loves getting double time out her laptop when it is on her desk as a G5 and then in the very infrequent times I use it as a portable... it goes back to its original specs.

    She did not know that there were so many people double timing their laptops in target disc mode on their desks as she is doing.

    And she is thrilled to have a G5 CPU on her desk now.

    I think that I am so happy with the set up because I've had other back up computers, the last PPC Mac Mini 1.5ghz and a souped up Cube, and I would not do the target disc with my laptop. It gets confusing, for me at least, to have two current computers. Though the idea of target disc mode is really old, doing it and NOT using the G5 hard drive has been an organizing thing for me as well as a fake speed bump.

    With my email set up, this was a disaster last year when I'd use the Mini and the Powerbook at different times. AT&T somehow helped me lose four years worth of email that I had backed up to the Powerbook's hard drive and not fully on the Mini's.

    I know it sounds so stupid, but this works for me and is fun to have a G5's power as I have only had a slew of G4's some G3's some ancient PB's before that.
  20. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Thats cool, but that doesn't hold a candle to my 2.5 GHz Penryn 12" Macbook Pro StAx edition. I need the canned air because the fans on both machines whirl up so quick it picks up dust from neighboring deserts.

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  21. California thread starter macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Very cool. I'm a PPC geek, tho.
  22. Dustman macrumors 65816


    Apr 17, 2007
    I'm still waiting for the Powerbook G5 that Steve said was going to be available :(

    In other news...
    Powermac G5s to reach 3 Ghz by next year?! :eek:
  23. bartzilla macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2008
    What does that even mean?
    Don't get me wrong, I'm happy that you're happy and I'm not going to try and tell you what you should and shouldn't do, or what computers you should or shouldn't own. But the current Core 2 series of processors are a big step forwards from anything that anyone had round about the time the G4 was king of Apple's hill.
  24. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    The G4 hasn't been King of Apple's Hill since..... 2002. And even then it was long in the tooth and an embarrassment.

    Don't get me wrong, I like PPCs, and always will. But still, it would have been a little more exciting if you'd had a G5 in a PowerBook case =-p

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