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Will my Ti last 4 years?
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Oct 18, 2001, 07:21 PM
 
I was thinking about this today while browsing the boards
I have a 400mhz 516 meg Ti1.
This monster will last me 4 years here @ school right?
it won't be obsolete THAT quickly now that the new ones are out right? I only wish i had a better Video Card in this computer...but alas...
Do 3rd party companies install video cards in laptops? (i'm sure if they do it will void the warreny)
     
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Oct 18, 2001, 08:03 PM
 
I don't think it will last four years unless you treat it exceptionally well. Things aren't built like they used to be.

Your TiBook is already outdated.

Well, I think you'll see another good two to three years with the machine. Computers get outdated very quickly, but I don't see the end of the TiBook's useful life anytime soon.
     
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Oct 18, 2001, 08:07 PM
 
Originally posted by solidage:
<STRONG>I was thinking about this today while browsing the boards
I have a 400mhz 516 meg Ti1.
This monster will last me 4 years here @ school right?
it won't be obsolete THAT quickly now that the new ones are out right? I only wish i had a better Video Card in this computer...but alas...
Do 3rd party companies install video cards in laptops? (i'm sure if they do it will void the warreny)</STRONG>
You *cannot* get a new video card. If your video card dies, you are completely hosed.

It will last you 4 years as long as you don't always choose to upgrade to the newest and baddest software. Four years ago, the word processing program was Word 6...and OS 8 was being ushered in. The first beige G3s were introduced nearly four years ago.

If you're a power user, I'd say four years is just too long to hope for.
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Oct 18, 2001, 08:07 PM
 
It's just about impossible to rip out a graphics chip on a notebook. It's not a card, it's a chip, and to make matters worse, it's soldered onto the motherboard.

I'll tell you one thing. I've looked near and far for notebook graphics upgrades. The truth is, it's probably never going to happen. That is, unless gamers start buying notebooks instead of their tricked-out desktop rigs.
     
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Oct 18, 2001, 08:11 PM
 
All the apps you currently use should continue to run just aswell as they do now. Even minor updates will be OK. Mac software is generally better in this regard -- must be the tighter integration. New apps and major revisions/software paradigms will of course run better on newer hardware (as will the old stuff) but if the performance is OK now it should be OK 4 years from now. I'm typing this on an AMD 300 PC box I use at home. My brother and I have between us butchered this thing with software installs and hacked wares. It still runs well in office apps, internet browsing, MP3 and disc burning. So I think your Ti will be just fine, just don't get too gung ho installing newer (ever more bloated software on it)

Enjoy your computer, it's a nice one.
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Oct 18, 2001, 08:34 PM
 
Originally posted by seanyepez:
<STRONG>It's just about impossible to rip out a graphics chip on a notebook. It's not a card, it's a chip, and to make matters worse, it's soldered onto the motherboard.

I'll tell you one thing. I've looked near and far for notebook graphics upgrades. The truth is, it's probably never going to happen. That is, unless gamers start buying notebooks instead of their tricked-out desktop rigs.</STRONG>
Actually, it's a soldered-on, integrated mini-card of sorts. Very cool to look at, especially compared to desktop Macs.
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Oct 18, 2001, 09:07 PM
 
The truth is yes! It will still run the same applications that it does today! Some people are still running duo 230 and they still run as good as ever. You will miss out on the latest, greatest new applications.

..... by then the computers may be a single voice actuated chip you clip on your shirt lapel that works by voice recognition & could print to any printer within a mile of you and display it on your headsup sunglasses.

but then you may be the one who will perfect this after you graduate college! (or be like Woz & invent it & then go back & finish college with the millions you made!)


<font color = red> Good luck.... Study hard.... Don't be told it can't happen! </font>
     
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Oct 18, 2001, 10:44 PM
 
Ive read some stuff about the new Tibook models and how processors compare. Some people is saying that 667 mhz model is not worth it despite of the 133 mhz system bus, because in some way the processor arquitecture makes it almost the same as 550 or even 500 mhz models in speed.
Can that be true ? im going to buy a Ti, but im not spending extra 800 bucks for a mac with no remarkable diference in speed.

Im dumb at technical stuff so .. can anyone of you real experts tell me whats the difference ?

Thank you
     
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Oct 18, 2001, 10:50 PM
 
You know what would be cool.. PCMCIA 3D video cards...

probably not fast enough though... but would be kool if it ever could happen
     
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Oct 18, 2001, 11:33 PM
 
I had posted that a long time ago, but unfortunately, the video chips are a little bit thicker than a few millimeters thick. If they connected externally, it might work, but there is too much latency involved.

However, there are external FireWire enclosures with AGP and PCI slots...
     
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Oct 18, 2001, 11:51 PM
 
It will last you 4 years as long as you don't always choose to upgrade to the newest and baddest software. Four years ago, the word processing program was Word 6...and OS 8 was being ushered in. The first beige G3s were introduced nearly four years ago.
You know, I don't think people think like that when they are looking down the road with their new hardware. It's easy to say "WOW! 667 MHz G4 PowerBook? That'll do for 4 years, easy!!"

Truth is, 4 years is a LOOOOOONG time. Word 6 and OS8 4 years ago? Wow. I'd sure like a crystal ball to see 4 years from now...
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Oct 19, 2001, 12:04 AM
 
I'm typing this on a PowerMac 9600 which is exactly 4 years old. It was the top of the line then, now it's only adequate- forget big multimedia editing & action games. Even with the G4 update it just passes.

Nevertheless I'm eagerly waiting for my fast new PowerBook to be delivered...
I'll worry later about the obsolescence factor.
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Oct 19, 2001, 12:42 AM
 
I KNOW that it will last 4 years, now, thanks for reafirming it, i treat her very well, so maybe she will last 6 years.
     
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Oct 19, 2001, 12:59 AM
 
I think most of the components will last for four years, but the hard drive might give out after three or four, considering how unreliable notebook drives have been lately.

Moving parts will die first. Then, your backlight will give out. Sooner or later, you'll have a dead hunk of junk.
     
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Oct 19, 2001, 02:22 AM
 
Originally posted by &lt;MacOnfused&gt;:
<STRONG>Ive read some stuff about the new Tibook models and how processors compare. Some people is saying that 667 mhz model is not worth it despite of the 133 mhz system bus, because in some way the processor arquitecture makes it almost the same as 550 or even 500 mhz models in speed.
Can that be true ? im going to buy a Ti, but im not spending extra 800 bucks for a mac with no remarkable diference in speed.

Im dumb at technical stuff so .. can anyone of you real experts tell me whats the difference ?

Thank you</STRONG>
The 7450 is slower than the 7410 MHz for MHz. Though it has additional Altivec units.
I'm assuming the 667 is a 7440? Well, yeah, the 550, if its a 7410, will be faster.
     
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Oct 19, 2001, 03:07 AM
 
Originally posted by Cipher13:
<STRONG>

The 7450 is slower than the 7410 MHz for MHz. Though it has additional Altivec units.
I'm assuming the 667 is a 7440? Well, yeah, the 550, if its a 7410, will be faster.</STRONG>
No, the 550 and the 667 are both 7440s. You know this because they both have the same small L2 cache running at full processor speed.

Incidentally, am I the only one who finds it slightly interesting that even if you order a 550, it still comes with PC133 RAM?
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Oct 19, 2001, 09:07 AM
 
the REAL question is... will the world last 4 years?
     
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Oct 19, 2001, 10:21 AM
 
Originally posted by &lt;akaMacfreak&gt;:
<STRONG>the REAL question is... will the world last 4 years?</STRONG>
True enough!
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Oct 19, 2001, 01:43 PM
 
Originally posted by murbot:
<STRONG>

You know, I don't think people think like that when they are looking down the road with their new hardware. It's easy to say "WOW! 667 MHz G4 PowerBook? That'll do for 4 years, easy!!"

Truth is, 4 years is a LOOOOOONG time. Word 6 and OS8 4 years ago? Wow. I'd sure like a crystal ball to see 4 years from now...</STRONG>
For you Murbot, I think 4 days is a lonh time. Seriously, have you ever gone more than 6 months without buying or selling a mac???
     
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Oct 19, 2001, 02:26 PM
 
I don't know about Mac and I am trying to sell out my 4 months old iBook to buy a TiBook. However, I know one thing... I bought my PeeCee K3-350 three years ago... I am running Win2000 on it and I am actually posting my message on it since my iBook left for repair. This machine got me through 3 years of my college life and again, it still works perfectly.

Anyway, it still does everything I ask it to do and even those that I don't even ask (like getting Nimda off the net or giving me a big blue finger on the screen). Now, I am expecting to get a 667 G4 and I will try to keep it until I finish my PhD in 3-4 years... well... at least until I begin to earn my life alone and some extra for Apple. I don't have any alternative since this will probably be the last time my Dad would finance such a big sum for my personal hobby.

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Oct 19, 2001, 03:09 PM
 
For you Murbot, I think 4 days is a lonh time. Seriously, have you ever gone more than 6 months without buying or selling a mac???[/QB]
Yes. I had my Pismo for almost 10 months. That's my record so far.

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Oct 19, 2001, 03:11 PM
 
Windows 2000 on a K3-350, you must be tolerant. I wouldn't use W2K on anything less than a 700MHz PIII - and I say that from constant usage at work.

Having said that I also tend to buy a new computer about every 3-4 years (94, 98, late 2001)...
     
   
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