Should I Bother Investing In An iBook G3 For Basic Web-Surfing?

Goftrey

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I'm a previous owner of a 700mhz iBook G3 with 384mb RAM. And I loved it...

I just want to get your guys views on whether or not they're worth £60 ($95) that they're going for these days, to do basic stuff like web surfing, email, iLife 04, Facebook etc. :p
 

DrewJM

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This is just my 2 cents. I had a G4 Mac Mini 1st gen, and I had a really hard time with videos on the internet and pretty much everything took a really long time to load (and my connection was good). This may have just been my luck and solely based on my machine, but I must say browsing became frustrating.
 

Goftrey

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Should I Bother Investing In An iBook G3 For Basic Web-Surfing?

Hey everyone, another suggestions kinda' question for you, I'm (once again :rolleyes: ) looking at Macs on eBay and am looking for something to do web surfing on my lap, I've had an iBook G3 before that died of the backlight/inverter issue. I'm getting a PowerMac G5 in April as well and just wanted to know if iBook G3's are worth £75 ($110) as little netbooks anymore? Cheers guys :p
 

zen.state

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You already made a thread about this a while back. I remember you getting at least 2 pages of answers. Do you need people to type the same answers again?
 

Nameci

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Nope they are not worth for that amount of money. You can have an iBook G4 with that much cash. Find for a yet better deal if you really wanted an iBook G3.
 

WGoins88

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Keep the Dell D505 in your signature. You'll regret getting rid of it. I have a Winblows laptop for certain uses (A 2.4GHz Core2 Duo Dell), and I would certainly regret getting rid of it.

Coming from someone that owned a 500MHz G3 iBook, no I wouldn't recommend one. They are sluggish with their 66MHz bus speed and 256k cache. If you are dead set on a getting a mac laptop to replace the Dell, I recommend a G4 PowerBook. I would personally recommend 1.2GHz or higher one.
 

Goftrey

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okay, okay whatever, I just thought I'd stuck the thread in the wrong section, sorry if it chafed your ass...
 

Goftrey

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Keep the Dell D505 in your signature. You'll regret getting rid of it. I have a Winblows laptop for certain uses (A 2.4GHz Core2 Duo Dell), and I would certainly regret getting rid of it.

Coming from someone that owned a 500MHz G3 iBook, no I wouldn't recommend one. They are sluggish with their 66MHz bus speed and 256k cache. If you are dead set on a getting a mac laptop to replace the Dell, I recommend a G4 PowerBook. I would personally recommend 1.2GHz or higher one.
Thanks for a proper answer dude, appreciate it :)
 

wrinkster22

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Thanks for a proper answer dude, appreciate it :)
Ok.. :) I agree I was a little of a jerk..
The g3 is really getting dated, and you would have trouble viewing flash content.
If you are only going to go to non-flash sites and you don't mind waiting and thats it you should be fine.

Enjoy if you get it.. Also try to get a better deal!
 

zen.state

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Thanks for a proper answer dude, appreciate it :)
You have gotten heaps of proper answers in the other iBook G3 thread you made and then the other couple you made about PowerBooks. Does the redundancy reassure you or something?

I and many others here have been very helpful with you in previous threads and now to thank us you have decided to get us all to write the same things over and over to you.
 

tom vilsack

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No...don't waste your money

sure there fun to collect (i have way to many older apple comps) for day to day web surfing,you would go nuts with how slow they are.

if your looking for a ppc laptop without spending to much money (im in cdn so prices in uk are probably higher) i would buy a ibook G4 mid 2005 1.33 or 1.42 GHz (come in both 12 and 14" so 12" will be less $$)

look on your local craigslist and go back a few days (longer ad's been on, the more likely they would take less)...

things to looks for:

-try the dvd (bring one over) you would be surprized how many have issues
-how much ram does it have (min 512 max 1.5...and more ALWAYS better)
-check the battery cycles (http://www.trickyways.com/2009/08/how-to-check-macbook-battery-health/)
-does seller offer original osx media? and or newer retail osx
-your going to want min osx tiger and with mid 2005 and enough ram osx leopard will run fine
-run it for a while...does the fan get loud?

good luck....
 

W123

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$110 for an ibook????? You can get a 1st generation MacBook for that much!
 

WGoins88

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Must be a different currency... You can't get a good condition Core Duo Macbook for under $300 in the US. Heck, some people are still selling 1.67 PowerBooks for $325.
 

tom vilsack

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Why iBook?? You could get cheap white MacBook instead. You won't see much of new Lion OSX 10.7 on old iBook.
because he asked question in ppc forum...and because a ibook is a heck of alot cheaper then a macbook

$110 for an ibook????? You can get a 1st generation MacBook for that much!
i don't believe you....could you post links to this price...


point: on my local craigslist (vancouver cdn) you can find a good cond 1.33/1.42 ibook for about $150...a 06/07 macbook will still run between $350-400
 

Badrottie

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because he asked question in ppc forum...and because a ibook is a heck of alot cheaper then a macbook



i don't believe you....could you post links to this price...


point: on my local craigslist (vancouver cdn) you can find a good cond 1.33/1.42 ibook for about $150...a 06/07 macbook will still run between $350-400
last may of this year I got my hards on 2005 15inches Powerbook G4 with 1.5Ghz and 1GB for dirty cheap 200 buck! :D I gave it up because of new softwares that I depend on will not work with PPC only with Intel. :(
 

tom vilsack

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last may of this year I got my hards on 2005 15inches Powerbook G4 with 1.5Ghz and 1GB for dirty cheap 200 buck! :D I gave it up because of new softwares that I depend on will not work with PPC only with Intel. :(
yes if this was me i would pay the 300-400 and buy min intel late 2006 macbook 2.0 core 2 duo...have min 1 gig of ram...and install snow leopard...
 
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