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Old May 10th, 2003, 02:06 PM   #1
 
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A few questions about the Powerbook G3 (500 MHz):

1. What is the memory limit for these machines? I've read that the official limit is 512 MB (physical?) RAM, but have seen machines that have been quoted with more than this limit. Are these higher numbers quoted with virtual (hard disk?) memory included?

2. Will OS 9.2.2 run well (i.e. stable) on these machines, or is 9.1 a better option?

3. Does anyone know of a source to replace the little rubber feet (other than ebay)?

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1. The max. memory is 1 GB of RAM. Two SO-DIMM slots support 512 MB of RAM each.

2. 9.2.2 will run completely stable on that machine, along with Mac OS X, for the most part (OSX). Better to run the latest versions of Mac OS rather than outdated ones. 9.2.2 is just like 9.1, but has newer OpenGL drivers (which is better for your machine) plus it gives Classic Mode in Mac OS X better support and reliability.

3. Try www.postworx.com - company that makes rubber stands for any notebook computer. Not sure if that is what you're looking for...
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Perfectly correct.
Drives are easily upgradeable to 80 gig
Good upgrade to G4 500 - durable machines with lots of accessories on the market.
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Although I own one too, here's a Q?:

I'm sure that I read somewhere that they have some 1G ram stix. Now, once that's available, will the new max total be 1.5-2G? I understand that the original Ram max totals on the Pismos were based on the fact that @ production of these units, there was no 512 meg stix, only 256.

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There is no such thing as a 1024 MB DIMM - at least not for Macintosh-based computers. And even if there was, it'd probably be a DDR stick, and not a SO-DIMM, either. SDRAM is dead for new machines, excluding the iBooks and eMacs, but even those will eventually use DDR RAM. A computer which houses SDRAM is not compitable with DDR RAM.
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Ooooohhh, Lars is half right, half wrong. There is a 1GB SO-DIMM but it is DDR... this was mentioned in this thread... http://www.ehmac.ca/cgi_bin/ultimate...=002960#000001

So it's only good on the new Aluminum Powerbooks with DDR RAM.
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Kosh - I recall the post you speak of as I started that hella short thread. But just as I recalled that one, that's why I asked in this one. Just a query - you know?
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There WILL be 1024 meg sodimms DDR

there ARE standard 1024 meg DDR dimms in 2100+ - in fact there already is available a 2 gig DDR on a single stick for abouta $1000
Holy enchilada Batman - potentially 8 gigs of RAM in a Mac.

and there ARE 1024 meg flash media

The problem as with the earlier models comes addressing the 512 chips and sometimes even the 256 chips will be the Mac firmware's ablity to deal with the larger individual memory chips on the construct.

But since Macs need all the help they can get in performance one thinks Apple would open up the ability to address the latest sizes sooner rather than later



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Lars said:
There is no such thing as a 1024 MB DIMM - at least not for Macintosh-based computers. And even if there was, it'd probably be a DDR stick, and not a SO-DIMM, either


There are 1 GB DIMMs in the world, both PC133 and DDR. As to SO-DIMMS, I have seem 1 GB DDR, and only heard of 1 GB PC133. Kingston seems to have discontinued the one I heard they briefly made.

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MacDoc Wrote:
"and there ARE 1024 meg flash media"

I'll also add:
There is also 2 gb compact flash media available, Saw them at:
http://www.vistek.ca/details/detail_...&Specs=N&Box=N

Flash cards are also good for running your Mac OS from your PC Card slot in your laptop, The benefits are a nice quiet laptop that runs for a longer period of time.

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