Just got the new MBP


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jul 23, 2007
Houston, Tx
Just got my new MBP. Im lovin it, but my powerbook G4 has nothing to due. What have you guys been doing with your older systems when you upgrade? Im thinking of maxing out ram and using it in office/study....

mad jew

Moderator emeritus
Apr 3, 2004
Adelaide, Australia
You could use it as a file server... I found it useful having two machines because it was such a good backup. If one machine went down I'd keep all my files and settings identical on the other machine and lose the minimum amount of downtime possible. :)


macrumors 6502a
Oct 18, 2006
Chesapeake, VA
all these are good ideas. HDD storage is a nice option if you want to save pictures/videos/music, etc.

Or, selling it is also a good idea...

Otherwise, giving it away to a potential switcher could maybe even be the best idea. You could potentially save them from many frustrating years by giving someone their first Mac. :D


macrumors 6502a
Oct 31, 2004
That there big London
I'm keeping my old iBook G4 as a "spare".
  • If I loose or break my new MBP, then at least I've got a machine I can use for email, web, office, iLife, iTunes and so on.
  • If I need to take a laptop anywhere a bit dodgy, the I can take my iBook
  • I have a couple of PowerPC programs that I use occasionally that aren't compatible with Rosetta.
  • It some point I will upgrade the HD on my MBP. But first I'm going to practace the art of Apple Laptop disassembly on my iBook.
Sure I could get a couple of hundred quid for it on eBay, but I love it too much. Awww.