Looking to get a new PPC machine

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by cammykool, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. cammykool macrumors regular

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  2. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    That's decent. Hard drive is a little small for my tastes, but if you aren't going to be using if for a lot of content it should be fine.

    It all depends on your usage and preferences. I use a 17" PowerBook G4 and a 17" MBP because I like larger screens. And I use larger hard drives just because I want the capacity.

    What do you think your usage type will be (light web browsing, light word processing, etc)?
     
  3. dustinschings macrumors 6502

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    I've had the exact model, but upgraded RAM. Cannot go wrong. That said, the PowerBook line went up higher in CPU speed, and may give you a bit more performance boost, but honestly, I haven't noticed much difference between my A1138 and the iBook you are looking at on eBay.
     
  4. cammykool thread starter macrumors regular

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    i was thinking a lightweight computer to Spotify and job app filling out. something i can use and not have to use my Macbook Pro. and i would like to do that PPC challenge at one point
     
  5. Slix macrumors 6502a

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    Light web browsing and Spotify could be done on even a modest iBook G3, so I definitely think that an iBook G4 could do it if you wanted to try!

    If you wanted an adventure, an iBook G3 could be fun for the challenge (a snow one of course, the clamshells aren't much use for more modern tasks, they're quite pretty though!), but the G4 could definitely do it I think. Might wanna upgrade the HD, but if you don't need to, why not keep it stock for a while too?

    Keep us posted with whatever you decide!
     
  6. cammykool thread starter macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know any other good PPC deals on eBay?
     
  7. Cox Orange macrumors 68000

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    The one you posted is 2005 1,33GHz 12" ibook G4. It came with a 40GB HDD. The fact that it has 20GB means it has been opened.

    Leightweight in terms of weight or the work? This ibook weighs above 2kg.

    Ibooks http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/ibook/index-ibook.html
    PowerBooks

    I would in both cases take the top of the line model, i.e. the ibook G4 June 2005 or Powerbook October 2005 mode.
    Which you take; I would make this dependant on the size you wish (although despite the size, the PowerBook is more practical / leaves more options in my opinion).
    In other words:
    12" ibook G4 1,33GHz (mid 2005), 512MB-1,5GB RAM, min. 40GB HDD, ATI 9550 32MB, combo-drive
    14" ibook G4 1,42GHz (mid 2005), 512MB-1,5GB RAM, min. 60GB HDD, ATI 9550 32MB, superdrive
    15" (with high resolution) PowerBook G4 1,67GHz (late 2005), 512MB -2 GB, min. 80GB, ATI 9700 128MB, Dual-Layer-Superdrive (mind there is also a low resolution, non DualLayer Superdrive version from january 2005!)
    17" (with high resolution) PowerBook G4 1,67GHz (late 2005), 512MB -2 GB, min. 120GB, ATI 9700 128MB, Dual-Layer-Superdrive (mind there is also a low resolution, non DualLayer Superdrive version from january 2005!)
    PowerBooks alumminium, ibook opaque white.

    As a compromise between CPU power and size you could look for a
    12" PowerBook 1,5GHz (jan 2005), 512MB - 1,25(!) GB RAM, min. 60GB HDD (later shipped with 80GB), GeForce FX Go5200 64MB, superdrive
    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/powerbook_g4/specs/powerbook_g4_1.5_12.html
    but there is some debate among users, if the mid 2005 Ibook's Graphics card is beter than the one in that PB. However CPU power usually is more important for Macs, the 12" PB also has less RAM).

    Also mind, that the dimensions of the books is somewhat misleading. The ibooks are something like 5:4 and the PowerBooks are 16:10 (the 12" ibook looks as if it equates the 15" PB in depth - I'll try find pictures of both beneath and on top of each other).

    Mind, when shopping, that there are models with the same CPU frequenzy, but different allowed maximum RAM capacity! So be sure, you get, what you are searching for.
    When you finally get one, test if they awake form sleep, if not the DC-in board can't hold ultra low voltage anymore.

    OR
    for the collectors and (even more) challenge thing the top of the line ibook G3 and PowerBook G4 (Ti) that are still OS 9 bootable. The reason some love them is that they can boot into OS 9 as well as Mac OS X.
    See here http://www.everymac.com/mac-answers...rt-faq/last-macs-to-boot-startup-macos-9.html

    As an addendum for enjoyment

    this is from 2010, but you can have a small insight what you can expect from a G4 ibook.

    If not going for a PowerPC for collector's reason shop for the last MacBook that had Firewire.
     
  8. dustinschings macrumors 6502

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    If you can swing it, you cannot go wrong with this (last model PowerBook before Intel):
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-A1138...263130?hash=item237b3a239a:g:ecYAAOSwux5YK5Sg

    Here is the same laptop for $99 shipped, but as the seller seems to be a "donation station" they do not guarantee it past what you see in the photos (This wouldn't stop me from getting it):
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-Power...0fe3b64&pid=100005&rk=2&rkt=6&sd=152391263130

    And if you want an iBook, this is as good as they got:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-iBook...900866?hash=item54412fbe82:g:dAcAAOSw5cNYbV15

    That iBook is a 1.42GHz model with 60GB HDD and only the 512MB RAM (soldered to board) which means the upgrade slot is free under the keyboard. Also this model came with AirPort and BT standard. This one comes with charger and a new aftermarket battery so it is ready to go. For the money, I am going with this one honestly, but I also already have an A1138.

    Good luck!
     
  9. cammykool thread starter macrumors regular

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    I actually have a PB already. It kind of works but the hard drive is dead and is stuck in the laptop courtesy of a stripped screw so I wanted to try an iBook. I've never owned one that worked and they are much cheaper then the PB
     
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    What powerbook? I stripped a hard drive bracket screw in my DLSD and used a wire cutter to compress the screw, and then pliers to get it out
     
  11. Cox Orange macrumors 68000

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    You don't need to buy expensive "buy it now" offers. I am sure hunting down an auction on Ebay will get you a lower price. You can also research prices of offers already sold on Ebay (at the left scroll down there is something like "ended" or "sold auctions").

    maybe you can repair your powerbook?
     
  12. dustinschings macrumors 6502

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    If you're after an iBook G4 specifically, that one I linked as a great example at a pretty good price!

    Dustin
     
  13. cammykool, Jan 12, 2017
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    i have no idea. i bought it that way. i think its over 1ghz. its a 15in
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    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Powerbook...254548?hash=item3ad71f4794:g:pZsAAOSwA3dYVYIU

    Here is a nice looking 15in PB. its in a different country but its about $60 and is running a cool linux distro

    NEVERMIND shipping is almost as much as the computer itself
     
  14. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    I loved my 1.33 12" iBook G4 when I had it years ago - great little machine, never let me down. These days I have the 1.5 12" PowerBook G4, and it's also been a great machine. I think the iBooks have better Wi-FI reception due to the material the case is made out of, and between the two models I mentioned, the iBook can accomodate slightly more RAM.
     

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