yep I found the tools for it and only needed a Philip screw driver to reach the ram, as for Hard Drive I have no Idea but I have seen g4 iBook's that were taken apart to expose the drive but how you get it apart I don't know. For the ram that is easy to get to. what if I got an external Hard Drive can the G4 boot from one or can it boot from a USB drive. Because I am thinking of turning my current G4 iBook into a desktop using a mini VGA to VGA adapter that I ordered and just upgrading the ram, then although I want to keep my PPC iBook going I think I'm going buy a Intel Mac Laptop next and just use this as a desktop Mac PC, because Windows is going out after windows 7 that has already reached it's extended Support phase and is no longer officially supported.Upgrading the RAM on an iBook is an easy ordeal. Simply remove the keyboard, AirPort card, and RAM cover and you have access to the RAM slot. Upgrading the hard drive is a rather daunting task for those inexperienced with computer repair.
That is just what I was thinking I was going order a Usb Drive, I have a 32gb but thought I should get a 64gb drive, I'm going boot from the internal drive and just when I download stuff store it on the USB and keep a back up on there. I order my 1gb Memory chip it didn't cost much. I've give that PowerBook Medic a shot, and I probably will buy a cheap non-working iBook to study as well and maybe learn how to take it apart.Yeah, for booting off an external drive, USB 3 would be best since it is much faster. I use PowerBook Medic for my guides,. They have both videos and physical guides, as well as parts for a fair price
Thank you, but I wasn't aware of the Ibook G4 working with usb 3.0 or not I hadn't payed attention to that part of the Specs. About the Apple forums I just hadn't actually gone over there and I had thought that iMac was short for Intel Mac, but found out that they were out long before that.RE: using USB external drive
ehm, well I experienced that USB3 is even faster on USB2 than USB2 on USB2 (not much difference though and depends on the chip, there are even USB3 that won't work with the ibooks USB2 port), but why not prefer Firewire400 on the ibook he has? Also, from what I recall booting off a PPC from USB is a pain.
I have a 320GB 5400rpm WD drive inside my ibook 1,33GHz last 2005 and I from time to time ran 10.5(!) from an external 40GB 4200rpm Toshiba (the stock drive) and it was ok to use. Once the apps are loaded into the RAM, after you open them there is no disturbing lag.
Though we have no USB3, but let me note one thing about it. I have heard of some people using external USB3 SSDs on their Intel Macs, when they were to cheap of choosing the crazy priced upgrade options in the apple store on those machines you can't really open much anymore. Some of them working in professional graphics departments.
To the OP's comment about the apple discussions support forum only supporting the iMac: I have a total different experience over there.
OP, your comments show that you have informed yourself very well on everything and already know a lot, so I don't question using and working on your PPC and so on, but why would you install Windows on an Intel-Mac, if you say, you have a Windows-PC? Also you could install both and though some things have changed you still could have the Mac experience on an Intel-Mac and an iMac is a good price-performance buy, which is probably why you find so much about it (but still I think you will find help in the apple discussions forum for all other models as well). No offence intended
Firewire is useful for at least three things.However I haven't understood what a Firewire is really for though I've had those on windows PC's too.
I don't really understand the technical differences between the two fully, but in the "real world" FW400 is typically faster for data transfer than USB 2.0 even though USB is slightly faster on paper(480 mbit/s vs 400 mbit/s). FW can usually maintain close to its rated speed, while USB often has significant overhead loss(it's competing with other things on the bus).However I haven't understood what a Firewire is really for though I've had those on windows PC's too.
Just in case,... but you realized that PowerPC-Macs stopped being produced in mid 2006 (with the last model introductions in 2005), right?...I wasn't aware of the Ibook G4 working with usb 3.0 or not...
I'd still try a TBolt graphics card, even though I have a 1.0 plug on my mini. It'd be a while down the road when I want to have a last gasp of power from my mini before half-retiring it. If it can show an improvement on my mini, then it's worth a try.EDIT: bunnspecial was faster while I was writing,... and more spot on and more info.
On thunderbolt: the future advantage of it is seen, e.g. in being able to connect Graphics cards in an external case that can take work loads off of the machine. TB will be reasonably usable with the next gen. of TB-3, because the 1st gen (and a bit so the 2nd gen.) is still to slow, for what they plan, e.g. a potent GPU.
The first version of OS X I used extensively was 10.7(Lion) primarily because that was the OS on my first Mac. I actually never upgraded to 10.8(Mountain Lion) and skipped directly to Mavericks(10.9). Mountain Lion remains the only version of OS X which I've never used.While you are saying it is easier to learn OS X than Linux, I wonder if OS X 10.4 is easier than OS X 10.9 or 10.10 for someone new to it. I have to say for someone like me, who favoured 10.4 a long time and it took some time liking 10.5 (just because it was different, not harder), it took some minutes to find my way through 10.10 (which I deleted) and 10.8/10.9, which was a bit "alien" to me first and not as intuitive, but that might just be of a certain precondition of expecting everyhing from 10.4/10.5.
Yes but I just had overlooked when Usb 3.0 first came out, just thought it was about 8 or 9 years ago but it was only 7 2008. lolJust in case,... but you realized that PowerPC-Macs stopped being produced in mid 2006 (with the last model introductions in 2005), right?
Thanks to that and to everyone else I now get what Firewire is for.Firewire is useful for at least three things.
First and most likely the primary use, is external devices. Hardrives, webcams, etc. I have used FW400 extensively with an external HD enclosure and my iSight webcam is Firewire.
Second, almost any G4 and all G5s can do Target Disk Mode (TDM). You place one Mac in TDM, connect it to another Mac via a firewire cable and the Mac that is in TDM will have it's hard drive (and any disc in this optical drive) mount to the desktop of the other Mac. That makes it easy to clone drives, transfer files or make disk repairs you otherwise could not.
Third, you can use it for internet sharing. Starbucks just recently killed off WiFi for Macs with the old Airport card. My son can no longer connect to Starbucks Google WiFi when we go there. Internet sharing from my MBP using a Firewire cable gives him internet at Starbucks.
I'm sure there are other uses, but these are the three I have used FW for these many years.
Just keep in mind that things like TDM won't work cross platform. I.e., you cannot place your Mac in TDM and expect to see a drive pop up on your PC.As I don't think I have Firewire on my HP but it is a Beast of a PC and might have it too, but was just overlooked.
Actually, Target Disk Mode would work when connected to a PC but you must have an HFS driver to read and write from the Mac's drive.Just keep in mind that things like TDM won't work cross platform. I.e., you cannot place your Mac in TDM and expect to see a drive pop up on your PC.