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How are your 17" 1ghz powerbooks holding up?
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kmarketing
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Aug 23, 2005, 05:30 PM
 
Hi,

I just sold my 17" 1.33 powerbook recently. But funny enough, I think a great deal may come my way. I may be able to get a 17" 1ghz for $800.

What do you think about that? Is that a good price for a several year old machine? How are your 17" 1ghz holding up and perfoming these days? Does it handle most tasks?

My pismo definitely does much of what I want it to do, but I'm thinking that this may be a good deal not to pass up.

Let me know,
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Aug 23, 2005, 06:51 PM
 
My 1.5 GHz 17" has held up beautifully. Except for the dreaded white spot problem on the screen which Apple replaced in only a 3 day turnaround under AppleCare, this PowerBook has been solid, virtually trouble free, and with the maxed RAM and VRAM, it's still a solid performer that I have yet use to its full potential.

I baby it though, and now have two Brenthaven products (business tote or backpack) to protect it when travelling.
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Aug 23, 2005, 07:07 PM
 
17" 1ghz Rev. A here. Awesome. Only had one problem in over 2 years, as my logic board fried out, they replaced it with a 4 day turnaround. No problems since, and I'm going to keep this baby until it dies, or the new PowerBooks come out in a couple of years. It's beautiful to work on, as you probably know by your experience with the 1.33 model.

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Aug 23, 2005, 09:01 PM
 
I'm sorry but why would you sell a faster machine and consider buying a slower version of the same model? I could understand if it was a different model, but it's the exact same machine...only slower. I'm guessing you sold the 1.33 because, as you state, the Pismo does what you need it to do. Then I have to ask why you bought the 1.33 in the first place!

I don't get this at all.

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Aug 23, 2005, 09:05 PM
 
He probably came across the great deal on the 1Ghz after he sold the 1.33Ghz model... and he's just making sure of reliability as far as I can tell. Whoa. I'm usually the one that is suspiscious....

$800 for a 1Ghz 17" is a very good deal.
     
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Aug 23, 2005, 09:52 PM
 
Mine is still going strong, boosted the ram to 1.5GB and now boot from an external drive, so it runs cooler and faster than ever.
     
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Aug 23, 2005, 10:14 PM
 
Mine (see sig) is awesome. No problems at all (knocking on wood). Then again, I've only had it for 2 month, but I use it like it's my bitch.


Budster, you show great ability for deductive reasoning. I am envious.
     
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Aug 23, 2005, 10:16 PM
 
Was that sarcasm? or a genuine compliment. Can't tell in these forums anymore.
     
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Aug 23, 2005, 10:17 PM
 
Used my 17" rev A almost every day for, what, two years? use it every day for at least a few hours. works perfectly. very pleased. gig of ram, 1ghz. wish it had a bigger hd, but i just clean up the drive every few months. yeah, i know i could get a larger drive, but I dump stuff to the servers and all is well.
     
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Aug 23, 2005, 10:23 PM
 
Thanks in any case.

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Aug 23, 2005, 10:47 PM
 
Hi,

I sold the 17" 1.33 a couple of weeks ago simply because I was using the pismo so much more than the 17". i figure now was the time to get the most for my money out of the 17". I see prices declining quite a bit on ebay these days as it seems that many really are holding off from purchasing these g4 powerbooks. That's why I sold mine. Plus, I was always worried about it since it was in such good condition.

The one that I may be able to get, and probably will, is not as perfect. No dents or anything like that, but does have a few minor scratches here and there. The screen is great though and the battery is new. But definitely not as pristine as the one that I used to have. I sold mine a couple weeks back for $1600. This 1ghz is $800 with 1gb memory. I think I will just buy it and think about it later. Being used already, I know that I won't be as concerned about scratches and things like that. I must have some psychological issues on that one, but I think I would actually have some more piece of mind with some thing that is cheaper and not as perfect. Then again, i could always sell it again.

I wonder if the 1ghz will run cooler than my other 1.33 which would get quite warm after simple browsing and stuff like that. Any ideas on that?

I should be getting it soon to play with. Thanks for the opinions!
     
   
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