What is the absolute best Powerbook G4? Latest 17" model, Most powerful??

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  1. Smf920 macrumors newbie

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    I want to invest in the last produced 17" PowerBook G4. What is the last model number designation for 2006 year 17'' fastest g4 laptops? Need help from the "Real Apple wizzards" lol. Hope I get some feedback. Oh, and what type of solid state drive is compatible with these G4 models?
     
  2. B S Magnet macrumors 6502

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    Any mSATA or m.2 NGFF SSD connected via an IDE-to-mSATA or IDE-to-m.2 adapter, respectively, is what you’ll need.
     
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  4. mzs.112000 macrumors regular

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    The A1139 variant is the "best", and most powerful G4 laptop. It has a 17" 1680x1050 LCD, can support up to 2GB of RAM, has an ATI Mobility Radeon 9700, and comes with a 5400RPM HDD up to 120GB.

    You can put in a KingSpec PATA SSD, or you can get a PATA-SATA adapter that will allow you to have a mSATA SSD. Presumably any mSATA SSD should work that way, but some people have had issues with SSD's larger than 128GB. YMMV

    I think it has a ExpressCard slot as well, so you can add extras like USB 3.0(though that will require a extra power bank if your devices will draw more than ~500mA), if you can find drivers for them(the drivers probably don't work for 10.5 Leopard, but Linux should recognize the cards). There are also 802.11N ExpressCard add-on's as well, you might look into those if you need better wireless capability.


    The highest macOS that these can run is OS X 10.5.8 Leopard, there are many sites where you can find programs that still work on Leopard. Some Linux distro's are still supported, like Debian and Ubuntu MATE.
     
  5. bobesch, May 8, 2019
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    Nope! It's 'just' a "Type I/II PC-Card" slot meant for PCMCIA-type cards.
    You can add useful stuff like:
    - 2 extra USB-2.0 ports (external hard-drives might need extra power but an SSD within and externa USB-3.0-enclosure does run without any additional power-supply)
    - card-readers for all kind of cards or card-adapters for SD-Cards or SD-Card-adapters ...
    - etc ... (suggestions welcome)

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  6. Raging Dufus macrumors regular

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    Mine. My PowerBook G4 is the absolute best.

    Sorry, you can't have it.
     
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  8. Hughmac macrumors demi-god

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    I too am getting suspicious, so come on, do something to allay our fears :rolleyes:
    Why does it have to be the biggest and fastest? There are plenty of 1.5GHz PowerBooks around and that's not far short of 1.67.
    A quick look on eBay for a1139 and there's one in the world for sale, from Poland - I reckon anyone on here that has one will be keeping it ;)

    Cheers :)

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  9. z970mp macrumors 65816

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    I think he wants tailored guidance.

    ...Which is not a bad thing if you're just getting settled in to new environments. Maybe he literally doesn't know where to start, in which case human influence and intervention can indeed be very helpful.
     
  10. Hughmac macrumors demi-god

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    In that case he should start small and cheap to see if PPC is suitable before jumping in and possibly wasting $$$

    Cheers :)

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  11. B S Magnet macrumors 6502

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    Except for mine, which is amazingest.
     
  12. z970mp macrumors 65816

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    Well, right, but at the same time, it also can't be skimpy. PowerPC machines in 2019 need all the power they can get.

    To start small and cheap, but still perform competently, I'd recommend a 1.42 eMac. Dirt cheap, and will get the job done.
     
  13. B S Magnet macrumors 6502

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    Why is now the time to buy?

    Why do you want to invest?

    What is wrong with you?
     
  14. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Well, here's the thing.

    If OP doesn't know where to start then why not come in asking which is a good system to start with?

    But OP comes in asking for the "best" and latest - which tells me that OP isn't interested in anything PowerPC except for the very last models. Why that is and not an early Intel Mac, only OP knows. But I bet it's an explanation that will only serve to reinforce my skepticism.

    I don't have problems helping people with PowerPC. We all have our favorite models and some of us only prefer the DLSDs over everything else. That's okay. What I don't like is an attitude (it seems to me) that any recommendation other than the "best" and latest will be disregarded out-of-hand. Why? Because it's not the "best" or the latest.

    That's not why we're here. Sure, to do some things with PowerPC in 2019 you do need as much power as you can get. But there are plenty of other things that lesser spec'ed models are still good at and those models aren't the "best" or the latest.

    It just seems like OP has no interest in anything other than that.

    And then OP wants to buy one off of us. And it has to be the latest. Nothing else will do. Quite frankly, if I had a system like that for sale (I don't) I wouldn't be interested in selling. But that's just me.
     
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    I wouldn't like to get skinned by someone like a Polka-Dot-Man, who's currently selling Ti/AL-G4-Books at 800-1000$ and had been here at MR a long time ago ...
     
  16. B S Magnet macrumors 6502

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    Oh… really? Did he get banned?

    (hoping, hoping, hoping…)
     
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    Nope, you can't be banned for ridiculous stuff outside of MR ...

    (But I have to admit, some of the photos look not too bad - even some of the Polka-ones ...)
     
  18. B S Magnet macrumors 6502

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    I figured he was banned from here for stuff he would have done on here, obviously.

    As for the pics he posts: I'm not enamoured by them either from a standpoint of conceptual abomination or (putting on my photographer hat) technical photography.
     
  19. dbdjre0143 macrumors 6502

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    On a serious note for the topic of the thread, the "best" is determined by your priorities. In the realm of most powerful, the A1139 as already mentioned is the winner, but I would argue that if you're not dead-set on a 17" screen, then the A1138 (15" DLSD) is the way to go. This is because it is equivalent in terms of specs, but the batteries can still be found for somewhat reasonable prices.
     
  20. timidpimpin macrumors 6502

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    The 5,8 (1.67GHz 15") is the best choice for power, portability, and the ease of finding parts.
     
  21. Smf920 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well guys, no I wasn't (at first) looking for "Tailored help", although now i could use it, as I have yet to find; after weeks of real in depth research, I've still yet to come up with anything?? I'm looking only for: a 17" PBG4 1.67GHz DLSD Hi-Res... idk all i can report thus far is... Dido. Any help? Thanks, for your consideration! * n
     
  22. B S Magnet macrumors 6502

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    Good night. Why that and that alone? Do you need a trophy?
     
  23. Dronecatcher macrumors 68030

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    It's hard to take you seriously - any of us searching Ebay/Craigslist/Gumtree etc will bring up exactly the same results as yourself?
     

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