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Old Sep 29th, 2009, 08:02 AM   #1
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Question iBook G4 or Powerbook G4

Hi guys, i know its a long way from Christmas but after Christmas i am hoping to buy a laptop... at first i thought about buying a netbook ... but then i actually saw them in the store and noticed they were way too small so instead im thinking of getting either an iBook G4 or a Powerbook G4

what i would like is some opinions on like what would be the better choice i already know that the iBook is a bit cheaper but i also know the powerbook has more power. (who would have guessed :P)

So, if you know of any pros or cons to either of these ie.. problems like maybe does anyone know if these 2 laptops could have logic board problems or anything else that would make them not worth buying.

Also i am aware that these 2 laptops are kind of old and that there are new macbook s so my answer to that is that i have a 500$ budget because i just need the laptop for typing and small things since i have a gaming computer thx

Last thing does anyone know where you can get a list of logic board defective ibooks and powerbook i checked google and couldn't find it
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Old Sep 29th, 2009, 03:21 PM   #2
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Pretty much all models of the iBook had logicboard problems of one variety or another. Powerbooks, I don't know of any widespread problems.

On Craigslist I've seen 1st Gen MacBooks go for ~$500 - so that should be your first route. Otherwise, I'd stay stick to Powerbooks - and since Snow Leopard doesn't support the PPC processors, I'd assume the value of PBs is plummetting. I got a friend of mine a PBG4 12" 1.5Ghz/Superdrive for $425 back in the spring, so I'd hope you could do better than that these days.
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Earlier iBooks had problems

The earlier iBooks did not use the same heat dissipation system as the PowerBooks. There were failures due to this. Later versions, and I am not sure at what model it happens, adopted the same system as the powerbooks.

Also, the iBooks only supported mirroring for external monitoring. The PowerBooks supported and extended desktop.

The iBooks on the other hand had better wireless reception.

I am still using a 1.5 Ghz 12" powerbook. It has been a steady performer. I have had one repair and I have had the hard drive changed out.

When purchasing, ask about the battery and the hard drive, if they have ever been changed.

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the logic board on my ibook just failed I am also looking at powerbooks now and they seem to be the better computer
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was it a g4?
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awww too bad, i probably dont want one of them then. the macbook is not a bad idea some are for like 550
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awww too bad, i probably dont want one of them then. the macbook is not a bad idea some are for like 550
Yeah, at this point the value proposition of Powerbooks and iBooks is pretty low - especially since they can't run Snow Leopard, and 1st Gen MacBooks are dropping to the $500 mark.
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Yeah, at this point the value proposition of Powerbooks and iBooks is pretty low - especially since they can't run Snow Leopard, and 1st Gen MacBooks are dropping to the $500 mark.
Ok thanks yeah ill probably go that route not as nice as an ibook but meh and i could always go the macbook route ,anyways after Christmas people may get new laptops and i can pick up on their old ones
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Both my iBook G4s had their logic boards crap out. The latter one, fortunately had 1 month of AppleCare still on it, so I was able to get it replaced. (That was in July--I was joking with the tech that I probably had the last iBook in the world that still had AppleCare on it.)

When they were new, the 12" iBook G4 was simply a better value for the dollar than the 12" PowerBook G4. There wasn't a huge bump in power, and I didn't need to be able to span monitors (though there was a hack for the iBook if I really wanted to do it.)

The iBook was a good machine, but when the AppleCare ran out bought a MacBook Pro. iBook is still sitting around as my spare computer, though I haven't needed to use it as a spare yet. Battery life is craptacular now, but the machine runs well.
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