Just so we're clear, you totally stole my idea!
Quote, Originally Posted by racasper
1. The computer is now totally silent. There's a click from the CD drive when it starts up, then no sound at all. The clamshell iBooks were designed without a fan, so I don't even hear that.
I am a major fan of silent computing (the Cube being probably the best example of this) which is what piqued my interest in carrying out the CF-HDD mod. However, as shifuimam pointed out, CF lacks any kind of wear-levelling technology, so you could be on a short road to crapsville as the flash memory begins to wear out. That said, it might not happen any time soon, so you could run it for years. I think it would depend on the OS you're running--later OSXs are more swap file-heavy than earlier editions, and I think OS8 or 9 would be your best bet when it comes to eking out the life of the CF cards.
2. More battery life. The battery was new a year ago, and was good for about 4 hours between charges. Now with the flash drive it works for almost 6 hours on a charge, with the wifi card on.
That's very nice, and somewhat unexpected in light of Ars Technica's review of the SSD MBA
. Perhaps CF cards have lower power-consumption than the SSD used in the MBA. Or maybe the SSD in the MBA is drawing the same amount of power as the HDD does. I'm not sure, but either way, that's a definite plus-side to your upgrade.
3. I have trouble playing streaming videos. They have a rhythmic stop-start-stop-start motion probably due to the physical limitations of the flash card. I have noticed the same stuttering graphics when playing Warcraft2.
If you're watching streaming Flash video, then it's not the CF-HD that's to blame for the jerkiness--it's the iBook itself. Flash absolutely kills
the iBook's performance. I just think the G3 isn't really cut out to handle it.
All in all, congratulations in carrying out the mod successfully, and I'm glad you're happy with the results. Personally, I'm going to exercise some rare patience and wait until a 32GB SSD comes down to about ~£80, then I'll bite. I think it would have fewer performance compromises and question-marks about its potential longevity than the CF-HD solution.
Seeing as you cracked open the iBook more recently than I have, you may be able to answer some questions for me about the internals of it. I'm pretty keen on carrying out an internal Bluetooth mod
. Speaking to MacNN's former Clamshell-expert-in-residence (shifuimam), she seems to think it's possible, but likely at the cost of sacrficing the internal modem for the space it will free up. I'm keen to keep the modem intact (for use as a fallback), and I'm desperately on the lookout for space inside the casing to contain the stripped down USB hub controller chip and Bluetooth dongle. Any ideas or input?