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seriously considering this as having a hobby apple computer.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...34100110-L021A
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post #2 of 12
Nice find ive considered getting one of the older apples if nothing else than to get some experience on mac to boost my resume
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Horrid deal. This was a decent computer, eight years ago. Apple doesn't support PowerPC, at all. Leopard will run like a slug on this, Snow Leopard won't run at all. This is worse than buying an old re-certified Pentium 4 laptop, at least then you could run modern software, like Google Chrome.

Save up a bit more and buy a used MacBook if you want an older Mac.
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Anyone have experience on these- I'm curious about performance and battery life.
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i use this to lure hipsters into my closet
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BinaryDemon View Post
Anyone have experience on these- I'm curious about performance and battery life.
I had a PowerBook G4, which is a better model than this, and THAT didn't run Leopard well, or any modern Applications. Now when it was new, sure, it ran Panther and even Tiger okay, but mine had two gigabytes of memory. This has a measly 512MB and it's got a slower processor. And the battery dies after a year or two generally speaking, Google it a bit. Just warning you it's not a good idea.
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I had a PowerBook G4, which is a better model than this, and THAT didn't run Leopard well, or any modern Applications. Now when it was new, sure, it ran Panther and even Tiger okay, but mine had two gigabytes of memory. This has a measly 512MB and it's got a slower processor. And the battery dies after a year or two generally speaking, Google it a bit. Just warning you it's not a good idea.
He's absolutely right. Don't buy anything with the powerpc processors, lol. Plus the battery they're gonna give you is gonna die soon anyways cuz it's been used.
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post #8 of 12
Don't do it. It's a waste of money and won't teach you much. Buy an Intel based Mac, or build one for yourself (can't link or name it because of ToS here).

PPC Macs are essentially useless to run anything modern.
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post #9 of 12
You're better off with an older model Mini for a few bucks more ($232 as of this posting):

http://www.gainsaver.com/catalog/Detail.aspx?&CCode=1015^Apple&cICode=121564

You'll at least be able to run Lion when it comes out.
post #10 of 12
I had an Ibook G4 about 6 years ago. I sold it and bought a cheap Toshiba laptop after a couple months, and it performed so much better than the Ibook. Don't do it man.
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