iBook questions

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by orfanotna, Jul 30, 2005.

  1. orfanotna macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2005
    Hi everyone, I've been reading these forums for a couple of weeks now, some pretty good stuff here. I'm currently a Linux user (Slackware 10.1/Dropline Gnome on a p.o.s. 900 MHz Celeron w/ 128 MB RAM), but seriously considering getting an iBook (and a 60 GB iPod) for my university studies, which start in September. I have a few questions, however.

    I played around with a friend's 12" 900 MHz iBook G3 which he got in June 2003. The pixel response time of the screen seemed pretty slow (I've read a review written around that same time which stated that the 12" screens Apple used were 45ms). So my question is - has the response time improved since then? What about the viewing angles?

    iBooks use 4200 rpm hard drives, how does Tiger run on those? Does it take a long time to start up? How does it fare in comparison to Panther startup times?

    Finally, I've read that the past iBooks had some serious logic board problems. Have those been ironed out in later revisions?

    Thanks is advance.
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    The current iBook G4's use completely different logic boards, and are far higher performance than the iBook G3.

    Don't know about screen performance, but that is one difference between the iBook and the more expensive Powerbook. Certainly, you do not get a top of the line screen made for games and video viewing.

    Tiger is just fine on my Mini with the same hard drive.
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    It's really not fair to compare a G3 to a G4 iBook, they're completely different. Just get one, you'll love it. :)

    I'm pretty sure the screen in the 12 inch iBook is exactly the same screen in the 12 inch PowerBook, but I could be wrong. Certainly, the 15 and 17 inch PowerBook have much better screens.

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