is this ibook any good

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by utl768, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. utl768 macrumors 6502

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  2. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    #2
    For simple web browsing, yes, but not much else. Your friend could probably find a machine with much better specs for that amount of money on ebay.
     
  3. zephead macrumors 68000

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    How much is your friend considering on spending? A 1st-gen Core Duo MacBook could probably be bought for ~$300-400 on eBay and provide much better performance than any iBook could.
     
  4. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    other then a bit $$$ it will be just fine for web browsing...

    heck im on my g3 600 with 384mem and camino browser writing this responce...and it's fine as basic web machine

    some tips if he gets...

    -in dock use scale effects and no mag or animate...also turn wallpaper off and use colored
    -turn off dashboard and turn off spotlight,if has bluetooth turn that also off

    To turn Dashboard off: use terminal
    defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES

    You have to restart the Dock after making either change for it to take effect:
    killall Dock

    To turn Spotlight off: use terminal

    cd /etc
    sudo nano hostconfig
    SPOTLIGHT=-NO-
    ctrl-x
    y
    enter

    Then to get rid of the existing index, run these two commands
    sudo mdutil -i off /
    sudo mdutil -E /

    reboot computer

    install camino browser and lastest version of flash
    note in camino you can set to block flash and web adverts

    note: with tiger 10.4.11 updates will not give you latest itunes so google for version 9.2.1 (5)

    good luck
     
  5. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...I'd at least get the longest extended warranty possible since its coming from Newegg and you have that option if your USA based...

    Remember, its the cost of a netbook but not as light... probably similar performance though.
     
  6. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    it's not going to perform as well as a netbook...it will be ok,but even a cheapo acer win starter will do better....i have both a g3 600 and top of line g4 1.42 14" 1 gig mem ibook...and the acer netbook will beat the 1.42 ibook...

    why i would hold out and try and find one on craigs for 200 or less

    note: it's not easy to do...but if you can get a new hardrive 160 gig 8mb and put into said ibook..it will preform way!!! better
     

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