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Hello, I have been wanting to learn Mac OS X and have always liked their laptops. I went on craigslist and found an iBook g4 for $150. I believe it is the 14" with the mobility Radeon 9550 and upgraded ram. I was wandering if this is a fair price and if it is capable of running World of Warcraft at the native resolution at minimum detail. Thanks in advance.
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I'm pretty sure that thing can only run the pre-Intel versions of Mac OS X.
    
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I don't know the difference
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post #4 of 15
You'll be able to run Leopard 10.5.8, that's the highest OS you'll be able to go. As far as wow, it used to work on powerPC processors, but since then the system requirements have been updated. I dont believe it'll even let you log in now

http://us.blizzard.com/support/artic...rticleId=21054
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post #5 of 15
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So it can't even load it now?
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post #6 of 15
Good for learning and acting as netbook, but it won't do much more. It struggled playing Diablo II when I was in middle school and they were handing them out. I don't think WoW will run well or at all on it.
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post #7 of 15
powerpc is supported up to 10.5, so yea it can run OSX, but it will feel really slow.

I hear macs can warm your coffee very well though.
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post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by reflex99 View Post
powerpc is supported up to 10.5, so yea it can run OSX, but it will feel really slow.

I hear macs can warm your coffee very well though.
LOL. Da. Macs are great for making coffee.

But yes, it's not a powerful processor at all.
     
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post #9 of 15
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Good for learning and acting as netbook, but it won't do much more. It struggled playing Diablo II when I was in middle school and they were handing them out. I don't think WoW will run well or at all on it.
Diablo 2 struggled? Uh, you weren't using an iBook then. I had a 233mhz iMac G3 that had the identical CPU as the first G3 iBook and it ran D2 just fine. Just sayin'.
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Sooooo, anyway, i'm going to check it out Monday. If it feels too slow, I won't buy it. Also, i'm a total Mac noob and was wandering if there is a way to wipe the os, like clean out everything but keep the os on the hdd. Pretty sure he doesn't have the discs for it. Thanks
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