when will my Powerbook be obsolete?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by proverbs, Sep 10, 2006.

  1. proverbs macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2005
    i bought my PB back on 02/05. it is the 15" 1.67ghz 128mb v-ram 1.5gig ram. i was planning on selling it this month and save some money for the new MacBook Pro or MacBook that is supposed to come out in the near future.

    i like my PB, but i havent used it to its maximum potential like i thought i would (my job changed from marketing to finance). i generally use it for internet, excel, word, toast, itunes and use it occassionally for photoshop, garageband, and macromedia.

    i guess what im askin is - when do you think the PB will be considered OBSOLETE? is it a good time to invest in a MBP? i know there are still some people who would buy a PB since they only use the computer for programs like adobe cs2, etc. i paid a LOT of $ for it so im tryin to sell it while i can still get somethin for it.
  2. manosaurus macrumors 6502


    Aug 22, 2006
    Your PB has become obsolete when is ceases to have the capability to, in a timely manner, perform the tasks that you require (bet it business or pleasure) in order to get on in life.

    But your definition of "obsolete" may vary from mine. If by obsolete you mean it to have a low monetary value then the answer is no. You are correct in assuming that you could still get a decent bit of money for your PB were you to sell it today. If that is your concern then by all means ebay that baby and upgrade! Obviously, each week that goes by older computers become less valuable.
  3. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    The G4 was already obsolete before it got phased out. Long live the G4.
  4. jwp1964 macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2004
    Enterprise, KS
    Master of the obvious says...

    When it quits being able to do what you need and/or as fast as it needs to be to satisfy YOU.:p
  5. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    Neither Photoshop nor Microsoft Office for Mac have been released in a universal binary version.

    Until that time, you're actually better off with what you have.

    Just be sure to max the RAM.

    You can run Tiger and Leopard and still do all the things you are used to doing.

    I wouldn't bother upgrading until we see the Intel Penryn 45 nm processors.

    That's hopefully next summer.

    Your PowerBook will still be a very useful tool for most general use for quite some time.

    Once you outgrow it, hand it down to a family member.

    It will still be appreciated.
  6. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    Well, then your PowerBook will last you much longer than you thought it would, and is far from obsolete.
  7. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    Keep in mind that I am still able to do all the tasks you mention
    on my 8 year old 300 MHz G3 tower.

    If you already have a working computer running OSX and it's still doing everything
    you need it to do, you're in good shape.

    That's a real nice machine.

    I would keep it for basic portable needs and if I needed better performance or
    more storage, then I'd buy an iMac for all those big projects.
  8. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    did you take it out of the box? then it's obsolete
  9. ricgnzlzcr macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    The Powerbook Lombard that was released in 1999 is only now vintage and not yet obsolete. The Pismo from 2000 is still running Tiger great. Obsolete is really what you make it. If you're a high end graphics person then obsolete may be every 4 years or every year. It all depends on what you do. Your computer will be supported just fine by Leopard and I'm willing to bank some money that the OS after that will also run on your powerbook. That's just me though.

    I have a 1ghz powerbook for home and work with intel imacs at work. The speed difference for my use (which are just like yours) isn't significant for me to jump ship. I'm constantly using garageband to record new songs and use most of the ilife apps. Until the computer is counterproductive towards what I do or the cost of upgrading justifies the money and productiveness I make, I'm staying with this "obsolete" g4 chip:cool:
  10. CrackedButter macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2003
    51st State of America
    I have an iBook which I was going to get rid of this year. Instead of spent money on upgrading the RAM (1.25GB) and added a 7200rpm hard drive. This thing flies and I'm happy to keep it for another 2-3 years. Its only a 1Ghz as well, if I get another machine before then to replace it then its only because I bought another one a whim and not because I needed to.

    So since you haven't used yours to its potential its going to last a lot longer than mine anyway and you can still upgrade yours in the future.
  11. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    Your PB will get obsolete once you realize you *need* a new computer, not want. Even then, it will be obsolete only for you. Some people with less demans to the computer will gladly take (buy) it from you. :)
  12. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Agreed. For what you do, your computer is FAR from obsolete. It's silly to think that buying a new computer will help you do what you're doing any better than you're already doing it.
  13. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    I think that the two sentences in your post answer your question for you. If you aren't even using a powerbook to its full potential, then what the heck do you need a MBP that is several times faster for? Seems excessive to me, based on what you said.
  14. Voltes V macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2006
    i assume you think its obsolete because apple is no longer producing them, and that is what makes it obsolete. but as far as usefulness is concern it'll last you a long time. i know, i got myself a 12" pbg4 about 5 month they rolled out the MB and MBP. but never thought thats its already fallen behind time, it can do my computing needs.​
  15. Zimmy macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2005
    That baby still got some life in it.. let it live for at least another 6-8months..

    unlike my 12" G4 887Mhz and 640mb ram, the thing is slowly apporaching its retirement age..

  16. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

    Apr 2, 2006
    It becomes obsolete as soon as the new model is released:rolleyes:
  17. bigrell486 macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2006
    Your Powerbook will only become obsolete when it can no longer do the things that You need it to do.

    We can not tell you when your computer is no good, if it does everything you need it to do.

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