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neverskatewsandles
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Dec 23, 2006, 01:11 AM
 
Does anyone know where i could get a decent laptop (must be a mac) with atleast a 10 gig hard drive ram doesnt matter I would like to get airport in there if i could if not thats ok. I was thinkin somethnig like a G3 clamshell but idk. Budget is 200dollars The comp is not for me but a friend of mine is looking for a mac after seeing mine. Thanks in advance 4 the help.
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Dec 23, 2006, 01:35 AM
 
You can easily find a blueberry or tangerine clamshell on eBay for under $200. I've even seen the Indigo models with firewire going for less than $200. You'll be hard-pressed to find a blueberry or tangerine model with a 10GB drive - they came with 3GB or 6GB stock, and upgrading is a pain (you have to disassemble the entire laptop to get to the hard drive). Indigo, Key Lime, and the second generation of Graphite models all came with Firewire and a 10GB drive. The fastest clamshells were the 466Mhz Graphite and Key Lime. Finding one with an Airport card is also unlikely - sellers usually sell the Airport cards separately; that will set you back at least another $60 (and that's only if you're lucky).

You MIGHT find a Snow/Ice white iBook for $200 or less, but I wouldn't count on it. If your friend insists on an Apple laptop and has such a limited budget, he might have to give up on something (e.g. get a blueberry or tangerine model and use an external USB hard drive, which will be slow as hell on USB 1.1 but will provide more drive space).
     
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Dec 23, 2006, 01:49 AM
 
I've come acress $200 Snow iBooks on craigslist, but never was fast enough to snatch them up.
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Dec 23, 2006, 01:55 AM
 
in addition to shifuimam's suggestion within your price range you could also find either a powerbook lombard or a 400 mhz pismo. some came with 10gb hard drives. a 500 mhz pismo will likely fall out of your price range. the powerbooks also have an advantage as to being able to install a cheaper wireless card. (much cheaper) i am partial to the 466 clamshells, but they will likely fall outside your price range. some claim that the pismo's were the best laptop that apple ever made. good luck and be patient.
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Dec 23, 2006, 10:36 AM
 
Thanks for your help guys and now that i did some more looking I was sort of leaning towards the ice ibook or a powerbook. I'll keep u posted on what i find.
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Dec 23, 2006, 11:47 AM
 
owc sells refurbished snow ibooks. this might fit just what you need iBook 12" G3/500MHz with 320MB Ram, 10G... (APLIBG3500CDBL) at OWC
     
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Dec 23, 2006, 01:34 PM
 
That's a great find - and you can bump it up to 10.4.8 if/when you get it!
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Dec 23, 2006, 05:32 PM
 
That is an awsome deal I think they might snatch that up. The only thing is it has a broken latch (no big deal) . Thanks for that mylo.
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Dec 24, 2006, 02:15 AM
 
no problem, and your name is good advice, *ouch*
     
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Dec 24, 2006, 03:51 AM
 
i could but a graphite clamshell together for you with a 10gb HD for around 200, pm me if your interested.
     
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Dec 24, 2006, 09:28 AM
 
Hi,

I just got a pismo on ebay for my mom for less than $200 shipped. Airport card, decent memory, etc. I think if you keep looking something will pop up.

The pismo in my sig I bought for $320 a couple of weeks back. I'd say if you can find a decent deal on a pismo, go for that. It's a good machine to start with (probably the best made mac laptop), and easily upgradeable. It's a joy to use!

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Dec 24, 2006, 12:17 PM
 
Oh and how much ram can an ibook g3 the snow ones as mylo posted from above? It says it has 320mb of ram in it. Is that with 2 sticks or could i put in a 128 stick to make it a 512?
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Dec 24, 2006, 01:01 PM
 
One more thing. How hard is it to put a new hard drive in this machine. And if it is not worth the trouble how fast would an external fire wire drive be?
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Dec 24, 2006, 01:02 PM
 
Oops double post my bad
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Dec 24, 2006, 01:10 PM
 
Originally Posted by neverskatewsandles View Post
Oh and how much ram can an ibook g3 the snow ones as mylo posted from above? It says it has 320mb of ram in it. Is that with 2 sticks or could i put in a 128 stick to make it a 512?
The description is inaccurate. That machine has 128MB of RAM on the motherboard and one available slot. There is no combination of DIMMs that could result in 320MB. It could only have 256MB, 384MB, or 640MB.

It probably actually has 384MB. You could take that out and put in a 512MB DIMM to max it out.

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Dec 24, 2006, 02:23 PM
 
Ok cool. 640 would probobly be enough to run tiger right?
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Dec 24, 2006, 02:24 PM
 
Though would the hard drive be big enough? And still again how fast would an external fire wire drive be on this machine. Would it be unbearable like usb 1.1 or is it quick like the new machines?
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Dec 24, 2006, 02:33 PM
 
Originally Posted by neverskatewsandles View Post
Ok cool. 640 would probobly be enough to run tiger right?
easily, yes
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Dec 24, 2006, 03:42 PM
 
Originally Posted by chabig View Post
The description is inaccurate. That machine has 128MB of RAM on the motherboard and one available slot.

actually, the g3/500 only had 64mb onboard, so 64 + 256 for a total of 320mb. enough to run tiger if you only use one program at a time, but swap the 256mb for a 512mb and it is a very usable machine for internet, mail, itunes, etc. of course the cost of a 512mb stick is almost half of your budget... best of luck.
     
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Dec 24, 2006, 04:37 PM
 
Originally Posted by 4JNA View Post
actually, the g3/500 only had 64mb onboard, so 64 + 256 for a total of 320mb.
I went back and checked MacTracker again. Some of the white iBooks had 64MB and some had 128MB. This must be a machine with 64MB. At present, DealRam.com says the lowest price for a compatible 512MB DIMM is $83.

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Dec 24, 2006, 07:03 PM
 
Cool they might upgrade i dont think she reallly cares just wants an ibook
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Dec 25, 2006, 01:49 PM
 
No thanks out of the price range
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Bump
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Dec 27, 2006, 06:46 PM
 
If you can go $300 and shipping, I will go down to that price for the holidays on my Ti Powerbook. Details at the thread:

http://forums.macnn.com/59/marketpla...-airport-vpc7/

Offer ends Jan 1st... =)
     
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Dec 29, 2006, 01:57 PM
 
Does anyone else have any sugestions on where to find a G3 Ibook. Wasnt fast enough to snatch up the other one.
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Dec 29, 2006, 02:01 PM
 
patience, choose your sellers carefully.
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Dec 29, 2006, 05:43 PM
 
To make this clear I do not want to go very far out of the price range. Less then 100 dollars because she is probobly going to want to upgrade the ram and get an airport card if the computer doesnt have one. You dont have to pm me with offers you can post them here. Unless the moderaters say otherwise.
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Dec 30, 2006, 11:14 AM
 
How does this look. iBook 12" G3/600MHz with 256MB Ram, 20GB... (IBG3620CDBAD) at OWC It is a little out of the price range but i could probobly find an optical drive for very cheap on ebay.
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Dec 30, 2006, 01:04 PM
 
Originally Posted by neverskatewsandles View Post
How does this look. iBook 12" G3/600MHz with 256MB Ram, 20GB... (IBG3620CDBAD) at OWC It is a little out of the price range but i could probobly find an optical drive for very cheap on ebay.
I just got the 500mhz version of this from them. It was supposed to have a bad CD drive, but the one they sent works like a charm! The case is bad enough to need repainting, but you can't argue with cheap! Oh, and if you get that one and need a cd drive, LMK and I'll sell you one cheaper than they're going for on ebay.
     
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Dec 31, 2006, 04:26 PM
 
Is it the one with the broken latch cause if it was man thats the one i was gonna get my friend to order
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Jan 3, 2007, 10:43 PM
 
Bumpity bump bump bump!
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i am in the market for a g3 white ibook as well... here is one that i have been contemplating for a while now.
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