What to do w/ 12" Powerbook G4???

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by AndrewLyle, May 4, 2009.

  1. AndrewLyle macrumors member

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    Ive had this little laptop for ages, and it runs great. I just put a new hard drive in and reinstalled the operating system (Tiger).

    But the real question is what to use it for? Ive tried playing some movies with it (media center to a big monitor) but it often can't handle 720p material. I feel like its computing power is wasted...

    Any fun suggestions?

    EDIT: I own a late 2008 MacBook Pro 2.53.... its really BARELY a secondary computer
     
  2. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    You could always give it to me. :D

    You could use it as a clock with the clock screensaver.
     
  3. rwilliams macrumors 68040

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    I always have trouble figuring out what to do with older computers when I buy a new one. I usually feel like there MUST be some use for it, but can rarely think of any. At a certain point, a man just has too many computers. :)
     
  4. Apple all life macrumors 6502

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    I know how you feel, the 12" was my favorite computer of all time I think. I don't know if you should sell it because you wouldn't get much. I say keep it and use it when you travel or anything else you want to do.
     
  5. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    That 12" Powerbook was a champ in it's day. It's heavy by today's standards, but it was the smallest footprint you could get with a Mac.

    I too have one, but the HDD died a second time, so I may not revive it at all.

    I was using mine for a kick around machine.... like an Apple netbook. Only checking email and such, and never really putting any important info on..... cuz I was afraid it would crash like it just did.

    The netbook is one option, another is using it as a iTunes music server depending on the size of the drive.

    You could use it as a digital cookbook.

    And you can always use it as a piece of nostalgia lying around the house. I have about four of those right now, but none of them work yet.
     
  6. ddeadserious macrumors 6502a

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    You could sell it to me, PM me, I'm interested if the price is right.:D
     
  7. instaxgirl macrumors 65816

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    Maybe a back up for travel/holidays? Not so bad to have something happen to the PowerBook as your Macbook Pro.

    You could always give it away as well - anyone you know who could use one, or a kid you know who could use it for school? There's always charity as well.
     
  8. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    We currently have 7 Macs for two people... I think your statement applies here.
     
  9. molala macrumors 6502a

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    I would sell it. In the UK, you could still get over £250 for it, I've seen £300 on ebay but that was around Christmas. I have the impression they kept their value quite well.

    That said, I kept mine. I use it at work (rather than the Dell desktop work provided). I have two newer Macs at home.
     
  10. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Sell it, fold with it, etc.

    Maybe even dedicated pr0n machine. :D
     

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