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yoyoman
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Oct 29, 2008, 01:44 PM
 
Would it be more cost effective to upgrade the ram and hd rather than buying a new macbook.

Also which ram does it use and which hd? I am thinking ssd for the hd. http://dealnews.com/OCZ-2-5-64-GB-Se...-h/257244.html but thats serial ata i think the original uses a parallel ata drive.

at least 128 gigs of hd space would be nice or close to 128.
     
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Oct 29, 2008, 04:13 PM
 
You can get 64GB SSDs with PATA interfaces, but it's a pain to swap the drive in the PowerBooks.

What do you do with your PowerBook? Do you need a 17" screen? For performance you'd be much better off any Intel Mac laptop.
     
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Oct 29, 2008, 04:37 PM
 
http://www.techbuy.com.au/product.as...CHED_SAS_-_2.5 Would that work?

Can I get a link to the 64 bit with pata. If possible Id like 128 gig but 64 is fine too.
     
yoyoman  (op)
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Oct 29, 2008, 04:38 PM
 
I Don't want to get a whole new computer plus I do need the 17 inch screen for presentations. OF couse a intel mac is better faster duo core but my 17 inch works fine. I am also going to get 2 gigs of ram. Is that the most one can get for it.
     
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Oct 30, 2008, 03:47 PM
 
Originally Posted by yoyoman View Post
No, not even close.

Originally Posted by yoyoman View Post
Can I get a link to the 64 bit with pata. If possible Id like 128 gig but 64 is fine too.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820208431

Originally Posted by yoyoman View Post
I Don't want to get a whole new computer plus I do need the 17 inch screen for presentations. OF couse a intel mac is better faster duo core but my 17 inch works fine. I am also going to get 2 gigs of ram. Is that the most one can get for it.
Yes, 2GB is the maximum.
     
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Nov 2, 2008, 03:20 PM
 
It's a much better value for your money if you just upgrade your PowerBook G4, I just upgraded my 1.67GHz 15" G4 a year ago instead of buying a new MB. It ended up that I spent like $150 on upgrading my PB.

Also, if you upgrade the hard drive, take-apart instructions are available here: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac/Powe...Al-17-Inch/55/
     
   
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