ibook g4 800mhz gfz improvement..?

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  1. Ljw1976 macrumors member

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    ive read that there are ways to tweak the gfx card on my ibook to improve youtube streaming,..and wishful thinking games...

    is this true..?

    anyone tried this and if so how do i do this as i am a total newbie..

    gracias peeps
     
  2. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    The issue is more with the CPU than the GPU.

    The 800mhz G4 is just plain out of date and Flash player on OS X blows, hardcore.
     
  3. Ljw1976 thread starter macrumors member

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    but i have read that there is some kinda software that can improve the gfx power...!!but not sure if thats true.


    just need some simple gaming..like

    ASSUALT CUBE..!

    ]PLZ HELP
     
  4. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Well the system req's call for a 64MB GPU. The iBook only has 32MB, so that's a knock right there.

    Games and YouTube are two totally different issues.
     
  5. Ljw1976 thread starter macrumors member

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    so are there any games fps that can run on the ibook.?
     
  6. chriszzz macrumors 6502

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    Nothing remotely new. If anything.
     
  7. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    What came out earlier than 2002 that was an FPS with a Mac port?

    My answer, not much.
     
  8. Ljw1976 thread starter macrumors member

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    so any more suggestions peeps to a mac-loving ibook user..to entertain myself with...

    and btw..what does bumping up the ram improve .?
     
  9. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Not true.

    But it would make a good come-on line for spyware distributors...

    All modern operating systems use virtual memory, where RAM space is copied to the hard drive a temporary files, to make room for more information in the physical RAM. The less RAM you have (and the more programs you open at the same time) the more the OS has to swap data on and off the hard drive

    Because a hard drive is slower than RAM, this slows the performance down the more you use the swap files. So maximizing RAM allows your machine to run at its full speed, by removing the slowdowns caused by the swap file activity.
     
  10. Ljw1976 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for your informative description of how ram can improve my system...

    last but not least...can it improve simple fps gaming..at low settings..!


    if so any recommendations..?
     
  11. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Most likely not.

    The games need more CPU power and a better GPU to run. That computer had issues playing the new games 5 years ago, it's not going to play anything FPS that's new.
     
  12. Ljw1976 thread starter macrumors member

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    i didnt state i needed to play anything new.just if there was any hanging about like counter strike..wolfenstein e.t -- quake arena? any recommendations..??
     
  13. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Try them.

    If they play well, they do. If they don't, bump the RAM and see if it helps. If it doesn't, nothing will. Like I said, it had problems playing the games of the time when it came out. Laptops have always been a generation or so behind desktops in terms of graphics performance, especially bad back in the day.
     
  14. Kat King123 macrumors regular

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    i remember quake 3 runnin extremely smooth on my g3
     
  15. gavin83209 macrumors regular

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    Aleph One is a port of Marathon to OS X and could be considered a first person shooter. The graphics aren't much, but it runs well on older hardware and is still a fun game. It is capable of running all three games in the Marathon series, though it is generally recommended that you play them in order.

    How much RAM do you have in your iBook? If it's less than about 512 MB, you might want to bump it higher. My PowerBook (sig) shipped with 512 MB and saw a massive performance boost after I installed 1 GB for more intensive applications.
     
  16. Ljw1976 thread starter macrumors member

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    finally light at the end of the tunnel.....


    gracias people...once again this bbs board is superb...


    as apoo says in simpsons.please come again
     
  17. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    You can use ATIccelerator II to overclock your GPU by 10-20% but probably won't do anything besides kill your battery faster and make it run hotter, you can give it a try though :p
     
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  19. gavin83209 macrumors regular

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    And of course, this won't work with an Nvidia card, only compatible Radeons. It worked on my PowerBook, but not enough to make a difference before I got artifacting at about 300 MHz/260MHz (default on my card is 200/200). YMMV, of course.
     
  20. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    All iBooks G3 and G4 had an ATI mobile graphics card ;)

    So it will work... probably not noticeable but will work :p
    I never noticed any "gains" though.
     

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