Looking at Powerbook, good or bad idea?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by ayeying, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    So one of my Aunt's is retiring her 15" PowerBook, 1.25GHz G4 and I'm looking at picking it up and use it as a secondary system with my Air.

    I don't really expect much from something that old. I'm thinking probably of just using it for:

    MSN Messenger
    Microsoft Word (for skool of course)
    Mail/iCal/Address Book
    and some light websurfing

    Pretty much freeing up my air for more intensive tasks such as virtual machines and of course, windows for gaming.

    While the air isn't the best system for something like this, but I don't know. A free Powerbook is hard to pass by on here :p

    Any opinions?
  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    I would take a free PB.

    Clean install.

    Good for your own use or to lend to PC people if you create an account for them.
  3. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    It should handle those just fine. Anything not flash based I find works acceptably well on my 1.5GHz PB. Even though I've put Leopard on them, I've reverted to Tiger.
  4. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    i had leopard running smoothly on an iBook G4 with lower specs than that, for free youd be foolish not to take that.. it will do all those tasks with no trouble. you may want to max out the ram if it hasnt been yet.
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005

    Yes, I think the PB is a perfectly fine computer to handle all of this and probably even more. It will feel like an elephant next to that Air though. Plus, now you can take your Air in and have it repaired while using your PB for presentations. ;)
  6. SMC1991 macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2009
    It still has life in it. The problem today is that new software has become so bloated that 1.25GHz Single cores can't do the same tasks today they could do fine years ago.

    Don't install the latest everything on there (Office 2004 vs 2008, for example), which makes things lighter weight. I think Tiger will make that thing scream, I'd advise against Leopard, which was notoriously poor on PowerPC.

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