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Old Mar 26th, 2007, 11:55 PM   #1
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What's my G4 12" Powerbook 1.5ghz Worth?

Thinking of selling my Powerbook and would like to know what to ask for it. here's the specs:

G4 12" Powerbook 1.5ghz
768 mb ram
Superdrive
160gb hard drive
Airport extreme,Bluetooth
2 week old battery(just replaced by Apple via exchange program)
Restore discs
Ilife 06 installed
Os Tiger 10.4.9 Installed
AdobePhotoshop CS3 Installed

Unit is in excellent condition,has some wear marks on the palm rests but just cosmetic.

let me know what it's worth to someone or how much i should sell it for!

Thanks...Mrolex
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Old Mar 26th, 2007, 11:59 PM   #2
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Software pre-installed, including iLife, Tiger, and CS3 do not count towards the unit's value unless original discs w. licenses are included (burned copies do not count). Assuming those aren't included, I'd say around $700.00, give or take a hundred or so.
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How did you get a 160GB HD into your PowerBook?

Won't get into ethics issues here, if you can get iLife and Tiger and CS3 without paying for it, others can too. If it is an original and you're not supplying the install discs they may as well be using a copy downloaded from the internet. As Lars said, no value whatsoever.

You can probably start up at $1000 asking because it is a bit of a rare item now but I think realistically you'll sell it for about $700-800. Unless you did manage to put a 160GB HD in there.
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Old Mar 27th, 2007, 01:25 AM   #4
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dona83 -- hard drives in PowerBooks are interchangeable. You sound mighty surprised over that 160GB.

Even an end-user can change it themselves with some time and patience.
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Just sold a 1 Ghz 12-inch powerbook for 850.00.
(It had a 40 Gb hard drive, superdrive and a 45 min battery)
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Old Mar 27th, 2007, 08:17 AM   #6
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dona83 -- hard drives in PowerBooks are interchangeable. You sound mighty surprised over that 160GB.
Having owned a 12" PB G4... mere mortals cannot change drives in that machine. The machine has to be taken down to almost nothing before you can get at the drive.

I'm with Dona, 160 GB in that machine is no small feat.
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Old Mar 27th, 2007, 10:30 AM   #7
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All software disc's would be included, and yes i sqeezed a 160gb harddrive into it, it's not that hard to take apart and install a harddrive,putting the superdrive in is alot more to it! It involves almost complete disassembly of the Powerbook!

You can put up to a 200gb harddrive into Powerbooks now but it's very pricey to do.Toshiba makes a 200gb now for PowerBooks.

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Having owned a 12" PB G4... mere mortals cannot change drives in that machine. The machine has to be taken down to almost nothing before you can get at the drive.

I'm with Dona, 160 GB in that machine is no small feat.
Incorrect. Changing the hard drive involves removing only the top case assembly. It's changing the optical drive which requires taking most of all parts out prior to changing the actual optical drive itself.
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Yeah I just sold a 1.33 for $850 and bought a 1.5 for $950

If its in good shape and you have that huge HD in it (and its 5400 rpm at least) then you can definitely try for $1000 and should get at least $900.

This is the best version of the 12" which is discontinued but a lot of people love the size of it so its still in demand, i really wouldn't settle for less than $900.

Here's a tip too! I bought mine because its the perfect laptop for running Serato Live (a popular dj program) you may be able to find a mac loving dj looking for this exact machine. Check www.scratchlive.net
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Old Mar 27th, 2007, 11:59 AM   #10
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All Disc's are included, and yes it has a 160gb harddrive in it,the harddrive is not that hard to install! Now on the other hand,changing the superdrive is alot more in depth.

You can get up to a 200gb harddrive for the Powerbooks now,Toshiba makes a 200gb drive for Powerbooks!

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