PowerBook 1.5GHz Lucky find.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by tom vilsack, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

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    So yesterday I was browsing my local craigslist and thought I would see if anyone placed any ppc mac's under "electronics" section. Sure enough there was a 15" Powerbook 1.5GHz,1 gig ram,80 gig 5400 hd,good battery (2+ hrs),great body and screen,ac adapter ect...seller said os wouldn't load....For fun I offered $20cdn.

    Here she is (fresh install of leopard)...think I got very lucky this time :)

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  2. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    Great find, great price, and it looks like it's in great shape!
     
  3. A.Goldberg macrumors 68000

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    Any Mac that powers up is worth at least $20. Even better when you get one that nice.
     
  5. tom vilsack thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ya I was kinda blown away when I got home and had a better look at what I got.

    I took the top off this evening to see if the insides were dusty,and you could eat off it in there...I'm guessing wasn't used very much.

    So far I've installed.

    -All updates 10.5.8 ect
    -Quicktime 770 (needed to get itunes 10.6.3 to work after updating)
    -WebKit 600.5.15
    -Firefox 3.6.28
    -Open office 3.2.1
    -MS office 2008 + update
    -VLC 2.0.10
    -Mactubes 3.1.6
    -Paintbrush 2.1.1
    -Seashore 0.5.1
    -Geekbench 2.2.7 (scored 877)

    future plans are to max ram to 2 gig's and maybe install a ssd/ide 120 from OWC....
     
  6. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I would switch out Firefox 3.6 for TenFourFox but otherwise that appears to be a nice collection of software.
     
  7. tom vilsack thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I mainly use WebKit...I had found tenfourfox getting slower lately,but yes perhaps Ill give it another try on this machine...

    Also this morning I partitioned the drive and installed Tiger alongside Leopard...Tiger is certainly more snappy,but limited by what software it can use....
     
  8. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    A default install of T4Fx tends to be slow. Cameron Kaiser (and Mozilla) has to consider a lot of variables for the machines the browser is used on so they tend to stay conservative on the settings.

    That, along with some of the code that Kaiser has had to write to make the ever increasing complexity of the program work on PowerPC contributes to the overall general slowness. Then of course you have the fact that with all the junk on websites out there it gets harder for our G3/G4/G5 processors to handle.

    But if you are comfortable with making changes in about:config you can optimize the connection to perform better.

    If you are interested in trying some of that just follow the link in my signature.
     
  9. Simone.m macrumors newbie

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    Incredibly low price for such a good machine, congrats for the find
     
  10. tom vilsack thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Things just got even better...I just assumed it came with standard 64mb on the Mobility Radeon 9700...Running OnyX to speed things up, I check final tab under info...This puppy has the optional 128mb Mobility Radeon 9700! :)

    note: Think I found 2 sticks of 1g ddr on craigs...so hopefully this week ill max out the ram.
     
  11. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I look forward to hearing about the upgrades to this machine!
     
  12. Orizence macrumors 6502

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    I'd personally test out two sticks of ram first before you buy the 2gb as the 15" Powerbooks especially the 1.5/1.67ghz models are plagued by the issue of having only one working ram slot. In my powerbook before the logic board was replaced, if I installed two sticks of ram, only one would be recognized by the computer.

    This is another reason why 1.5/1.67ghz powerbooks are so common with only 1gb of ram (only one 1gb stick of ram)
     
  13. tom vilsack thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I know about that issue...but right now it has 2/512mb sticks in it, so both slots do work....
     
  14. Orizence macrumors 6502

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    Well, my bad, I didnt see that. But anyways, nice find!
     
  15. tom vilsack thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Today bought my 1.5GHz a friend :)

    1.25GHz,1.25g ram (now 768 as put the 1g stick in 1.5 pb),80g hd...original manual and restore cd's (putting on image of leopard),extra battery beside one it came with (like new) adapter.....invoice show's $3,417cdn...(I payed $25)

    So two nice 15" pb for a total of $45 cdn...gotta love craigs ;-)

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  16. tom vilsack thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I'm pleased.....Notice it's running hotter then I would like,so like it's big brother (who is now using some of baby brother's ram...total 1.5g) I will be taking it apart and cleaning out fan's,and redoing the thermal paste....

    Leopard is now on it (having a clean updated restore image on a usb stick is so helpful!...20 min restore with all updates ect)...for only a 1.25GHz and now having only 768 ram,leopard is running quite well.....
     
  17. mikiotty macrumors 6502

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    Please, can I have the wallpaper of the PowerBook on the right? Thank you :)
     

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