"New" iBook update help

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by katelindsey, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. katelindsey macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2009
    Hello all,
    I just recently acquired a 'new' iBook PowerPC G3. Currently it is running OS 10.1.5 and all programs and software are extremely outdated! I love how it looks and runs, however in order to use it for school, I need just a few updates and maybe some of you out there know how I can find these.

    It's very important that I'm able to type in cyrillic (Russian) and Arabic on my laptop. Is it possible to download these scripts or do I need to have a more recent OS?

    Is there a download for iCal for 10.1.5? Should I update to Tiger? If so, where could I find/buy a 10.3 or higher update?

    I have an iPod touch, and iTunes 3.0.1, I haven't attempted to synch them yet, does anyone know how recent iTunes is needed in order to connect with an iPod touch? How recent of iTunes can i get on OS 10.1.5?

    Also, my iBook does not have wifi capabilities. It has an airport icon, but no way to turn it on. Do I need to purchase an airport card? Are they still sold for my model?

    Thank you all in advance! Any answers would be helpful :)
  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    The highest you can run is 10.4, though it depends on your processor.
    The earliest iCal was for 10.2, but it's bundled with 10.4
    Not sure of the earliest iTunes that can use a Touch but 10.4 will run it.
    You'll need an original Airport card which I think are a little tricky to come by nowadays.
  3. katelindsey thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2009
    Thank you so much, I really appreciate your help.
    How should I go about finding a 10.4 upgrade? Would I need to purchase it? I don't believe Tiger is sold or available through apple anymore.
  4. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    eBay usually has a few copies floating around, just make sure they're the full copy and not the machine-specific restore discs.
  5. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    Finding a copy of Tiger and an original Airport card should be pretty easy to do on eBay. Don't get suckered into paying too much for an Airport card though. Lots of them are BIN for around $30-45 and thats FAR too high. Watch one and bid, I just got one for $15 shipped about a month ago. It does seem odd that your iBook would have the icon if the card isn't installed though. You might want to open it up and see for sure whether or not the card is physically there. Its as easy as taking off the keyboard. Also, be sure and get a 512Mb stick of PC100 144pin RAM to max it out. You'll need it because anything less will make it very difficult to use.
  6. andalusia macrumors 68030


    Apr 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    I believe you need iTunes 8 for your Touch, which requires Tiger 10.4 operating system.

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