Yah, so after nearly a year and a half with iBook 1.0, it blew up it's HDD and had to go in for repairs (out of warranty so we went with a private Mac restorer guy who is a friend of the family, installed a 40GB HDD and it was working brilliantly) after a week there was the dreaded constant beachball and it slowed to a crawl. Disk Utility from the 10.4 DVD showed a HDD that couldn't be repaired so it unmounted the HDD and no more booting. So iBook 1.1 is now back at the "shop" having a good going over. I think it could be "proper farked" in the sense that logic board or something has gone crack-ka-boom!! and now iBook 1.1 may end up becoming "insert second hand laptop from eBay or somewhere similar here" 1.0 or, as I'm thinking Mac mini Core Duo v1.0. I can still use my education discount for another few months and really do need a Mac at home for my assignments and stuff. I can't hang around waiting another month or so for a new MacBook (exams are soon) and I could borrow a 15" LCD from home to use. It just doesn't make sense to buy a G4 portable now and the Mac mini would be far more powerful than my iBook and I think I can forego the portablilty. Net cafés allow me to download software updates and burn them to CD, I learn more with hand-written notes and stuff. I just think grabbing a tiny little Intel-based desktop made more sense than buying an iBook in it's last gasps of death. Currently looking at these specs and price: Mac mini Core Duo AUD$1445.40 1GB RAM 100GB HDD External modem (no broadband sucks) everything else is stock. I think the folks could swallow the $1500 for the time being till I can pay them back - no money at the moment, it's really come at a bad time. It would be sweet to be able to eventually run connected to a big LCD and use Front Row properly, running XP if needed could be a boon for work in the real world too once I graduate, you just can't do that properly on a G4 Mac. What do you guys think? Sorry about the long post, it's been a while since I was in here.