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Tips on buying a PowerBook
« on: September 29, 2011, 04:25:36 PM »
Because MorphOS 3.0 is near, some of you might already be looking to get a PowerBook.

That's why Jacek "jacaDcaps" Piszczek has prepared a short article with useful tips on buying a PowerBook:

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Re: Tips on buying a PowerBook
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2011, 04:37:28 PM »
Good guide
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Re: Tips on buying a PowerBook
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2011, 05:23:07 PM »
Will Probably give away my Power Mac and get a Powerbook when this is available. I'm sure I'll finally register MorphOS on this one......
 

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Re: Tips on buying a PowerBook
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2011, 07:21:46 PM »
Is the new version going to support the mobile GeForce chipsets? If not, be aware that some Powerbook models sport this while others have Radeon chipsets; all the 12" aluminum models have GeForce chipsets in them.
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Re: Tips on buying a PowerBook
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2011, 07:27:46 PM »
Will MorphOS for the Powerbook support mobile 3G dongles for internet on the go?
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Re: Tips on buying a PowerBook
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2011, 07:34:32 PM »
It says in the guide that only 15" & 17" 1.67Ghz models are supported for now. They all have ATI in them.



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Is the new version going to support the mobile GeForce chipsets? If not, be aware that some Powerbook models sport this while others have Radeon chipsets; all the 12" aluminum models have GeForce chipsets in them.
 

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Re: Tips on buying a PowerBook
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2011, 07:34:48 PM »
Quote from: commodorejohn;661882
Is the new version going to support the mobile GeForce chipsets? If not, be aware that some Powerbook models sport this while others have Radeon chipsets; all the 12" aluminum models have GeForce chipsets in them.

GeForce is not supported. The instructions specifically point to the 1.67GHz models (and the very last 1.5GHz model, but that's not recommended since it's hard to identify the supported rev-d). These all have ATI Radeon graphics card.
 

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Re: Tips on buying a PowerBook
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2011, 07:38:44 PM »
Ah, gotcha.
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Re: Tips on buying a PowerBook
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2011, 08:39:08 PM »
Quote from: Piru;661854
Because MorphOS 3.0 is near, some of you might already be looking to get a PowerBook.

That's why Jacek "jacaDcaps" Piszczek has prepared a short article with useful tips on buying a PowerBook:

english
polish (translation by Grzegorz Kraszewski)
german (translation by Frank Mariak)


I was given a powerbook5,8 a while back. Pretty nice specs. 2GB ram, 1.67ghz, 128mb VRAM.

Can't complain! I only needed to buy a power supply, battery and DVD drive. That was like $150 and the machine was easy to disassemble.

I'm going to laugh when it spanks the x1000 performance wise.
 

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Re: Tips on buying a PowerBook
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2011, 11:18:29 PM »
Quote from: bbond007;661900
I was given a powerbook5,8 a while back. Pretty nice specs. 2GB ram, 1.67ghz, 128mb VRAM.

Can't complain! I only needed to buy a power supply, battery and DVD drive. That was like $150 and the machine was easy to disassemble.

I'm going to laugh when it spanks the x1000 performance wise.

Nice gift!  Probably saved you over $200, as most of those models of PowerBooks are selling around $350 to $450 on eBay lately.  I agree that they are easy to disassemble, but it is time consuming and care must be taken with all those tiny and delicate parts.  I just replaced the heatsink & fan assembly on my 17" 1.67GHz G4 PowerBook and replaced the hard drive with a WD320gb drive.  To get the heatsink & fan assembly out you have to practically remove every other part from the PowerBook and are left with just the shell.

The guide by Jacek is really good and should prevent most of the confusion of anyone interested in getting a G4 PowerBook to run MorphOS3.0 on when it is finally released.
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Re: Tips on buying a PowerBook
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2011, 12:19:27 PM »
What about powerbook5,4?
Won't boot at all?
 

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Re: Tips on buying a PowerBook
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2011, 12:40:51 PM »
Too late for me, I just bought a Pegasus2 motherboard :) I'll be able to run all AOS variants for debugging purposes / fun
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Re: Tips on buying a PowerBook
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2011, 02:00:14 PM »
I just got a 5.9 Powerbook and I'm ready to run MOS 3.0 on it when it's released. Pretty good guide there.

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