How should I reconfigure my Mac powerbook G4, and other mac-related growth advice.
I have a Powerbook G4
with a 1.67 GHz processor running OS 10.3.9. It has been my daily companion for the past 5 going on 6 years.
So far, so good. It has never crashed and has always been trouble-free. However: I am starting to hit walls here and there with websites and other programs interact (they don't) because of the age of the OS.
Usually I just deal with it, but the Superdrive went out and I wouldn't be able to reload the OS if I needed to, so started looking around for options.
How would you suggest I grow?
Right now I am planning on replacing the hard drive to a 320 G, replacing the superdrive, maxing out the ram (I haven't added any since I bought it), and upgrading to OSX4 (or the highest I can with this model) in the next month. I would like to use my old hard drive as an external.
Am I taking any risks doing this as an amateur? I am pretty good at directions and following a sequence carefully/thoroughly (I can fix clocks, gears, cars, and jewelry if you need comparisons). Is it as easy as it looks? I plan on using the site I linked to above to guide me. Is there a better one?
This has been such a solid workhorse of a computer that I don't want to screw anything up and would like to work on this one for at least another year or two.
I don't game, and the most that I need to work on the system is mail, blogs, website updates/coding, CS2 or CS3, Quickbooks, office/small business stuff. I keep large raw images on a separate hard drive.