Macbook and Mac mini server. Both have itunes libraries pointed at an external drive on the mini-server. No problem. My iPhone is backed up to the Macbook. I add music to libraries from both computers. How can I point all my itunes installs to not only one folder, but to all share and update one itunes library.itl file? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm
on Dec 30, 2012 -
How will a new external monitor work with my old PowerBook G4? ie. Help me unnerstand screen resolution. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio
on Oct 9, 2012 -
Catwalkedacrossmykeyboard filter: My cat sauntered across the keyboard of my Powerbook G4 (running 10.4.11) while I was using it last night, and now the display-- the desktop-- is responding weirdly to the cursor. Help? [more inside]
posted by jokeefe
on Mar 18, 2011 -
All 3 of my primary Apple machines have sudden, inexplicable slowness. My Quad G5, my PowerBook G4, and now even my iPhone suddenly have serious performance problems for no reason I can determine. I know there are some Mac guys on MeFi, I thought I'd ask for additional angles to investigate. [more inside]
posted by charlie don't surf
on Feb 14, 2011 -
How should I reconfigure my Mac powerbook G4, and other mac-related growth advice. [more inside]
posted by Tchad
on Oct 25, 2010 -
How do I charge a broken PowerBook G4 with a dead battery (because of bent outer casing)? [more inside]
posted by dzaz
on May 18, 2010 -
Is it simply possible that, because I have a 4-year-old Powerbook - OS 10.4.11, one month old new hard drive, memory and RAM maxed out, only used 1/4 of memory, system checked regularly with Onyx (with no problem) - I keep getting "program not responding to, especially, my Opera and Firefox browsers, as well as programs like Word, iPhoto, and iTunes?
Plus, more than half the time my Powerbook won't close down when I ask it to and have to do a hard turn off, which can't be good for it.
I've asked a couple of Mac forums, a Mac Genius, and my so-far trustworthy Mac guy whether having a PowerPC processor, instead of the newer Intel one, should make any difference. I got a resounding no.
Still, does anyone have a contrarian and, perhaps, right
posted by holdenjordahl
on Jan 22, 2010 -
Why can't I see around half of the applications in the Applications/Utilities folder on my friend's laptop? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy
on Dec 21, 2009 -
I want to have a fast capable NAS/file server/upnp device very similar to the QNAP TS-110 TurboNAS. I have an old 12" Powerbook G4 aluminum MAC OS x laptop. Would it be possible to install a barebones linux installation on the Powerbook to have access to many of the same features of the QNAP device? [more inside]
posted by jlowen
on Nov 27, 2009 -
Help keep my old Powerbook G4 on WiFi. (Technical Mac Question.) [more inside]
posted by Mid
on Sep 11, 2009 -
Will the lower exterior case and optical drive from a mac powerbook G4 12inch 867 MHz be compatible with a mac powerbook G4 12inch 1.5Ghz? [more inside]
posted by silkygreenbelly
on Jul 16, 2009 -
How can I "upgrade" my Mac PowerBook G4's OS 10.3.9 to at least a 10.4.9 in order to install MS Office Home & Student Edition? [more inside]
posted by kim in chicago
on Mar 8, 2009 -
I want to remotely control (from 20-30 feet away) a Powerbook G4. The Griffin Air Click USB isn't working. [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy
on Feb 28, 2009 -
Is there any way to fix/replace/reinstall LaunchServices in OS X? (Also: is my Powerbook doomed?) [more inside]
posted by ubersturm
on Feb 5, 2009 -
I've got an older PowerBook G4 with a 1.5 GHz CPU and 1.25 GB of RAM. It works, but it's sluggish. I don't expect it to be as fast as my shiny new 24" iMac, but it's slower than I'd like. Would selling it on eBay and buying an Asus Eee (I assume the 1000 model) and installing OS X on it give me a fast machine or about the same? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio
on Jan 9, 2009 -
I'm looking for suggestions for both scenarios: The computer works, or it doesn't work. I'm waiting for a battery from eBay...
says it runs OS 7. What can you do with that?
A friend suggested I gut it and fit it with a Nintendo or Sega or something. Anything to spark an idea, and possibly where to look for how-to's concerning your suggestion, please!!
posted by photomusic86
on Sep 26, 2008 -
My Powerbook is dead. What do I do with it now? My priorities: 1) I want it gone 2) I want my data to stay safe 3) I want to make some money [more inside]
posted by rzperllian
on Jun 26, 2008 -
I've currently got a HP Mini-Note 2133 running Ubuntu. I was going to take a stab at installing OS X on it this coming weekend when I realized I could get a 12" iBook or PowerBook G4 for roughly the same price and it would still be small enough I wouldn't mind carrying it around with me all the time and it would run OS X with no hassle. I'd keep my MacPro as my primary workstation that I use for image editing and such, this would just be for email and for surfing the web on the go. If I get a G4 era laptop and install Leopard on it (want to use Back to My Mac after I roll my own dot mac) will I have any issues? I've only recently become a Mac user after years on Linux, so I never used a PPC-based system. Will application like Camino, Mail, Adium, etc all run with no problems? This is what the universal binary thing is all about, right?
Anything else I should be aware of? Any tips or tricks for slimming down 10.5 to make it run better on the older hardware?
posted by Brian Puccio
on May 27, 2008 -
Powerbook shorting out: out of warranty, wont power at all, no battery charge [more inside]
posted by sindas
on Apr 3, 2008 -
G4 Powerbook (1.5 MHz, 2 GB RAM, Tiger) slows to a crawl and activity monitor shows 90-100% CPU usage - with minimal number of open applications. Might this be software (Tiger?) or hardware (CPU)? [more inside]
posted by kegill
on Mar 18, 2008 -
i live two floors above the wireless router, and my powerbook can't get a strong enough signal. what's the most cost-effective solution? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme
on Jan 22, 2008 -
my powerbook g4 15" screen is often incapable of displaying the bottom 2/3 of the display. is it at all likely that this is a connection issue or do i probably just need to replace the screen? [more inside]
posted by defmute
on Dec 25, 2007 -
I run a 12 inch Powerbook G4 1.33 with 1.25GB of RAM (Tiger) with 64MB dedicated video card. Anytime I play anything video (ABC, NBC, YouTube, CBS, Fox, AOL Video, etc. etc.), the fans come on full blast (more so than I ever remember, and I've had the computer for almost 42 months now). So I have a couple of questions related to this. First, did something happen online that causes intense pressure on the CPU and causes the fans to blast out? Doesn't my seemingly good video card counteract that, or shouldn't it?
And the money question: I've heard rumors that Leopard is much better at handling video compared to Tiger. Would upgrading cause less strain on my CPU, allowing the fans to be a little quieter? Would the video be smoother and allow me to maximize the video screen, instead of always having to keep the screen small (3"x4")?
posted by SeizeTheDay
on Dec 10, 2007 -
Asking for Mr Waterlily: "I would like write a script that starts when the computer starts, goes into a permanent loop, looks to see if a key is pressed, if the key is pressed it would do something, if not it would pause n seconds then loop again.
How does one detect key events in applescript?" [more inside]
posted by waterlily
on Dec 8, 2007 -
Is Firefox churning my Powerbook? When I have more than a few tabs open, I hear (and see- on my little menubar app) heavy hard drive activity. It feels like it gets stuck in some kind of endless swap and the performance of the machine seems to suffer. More importantly, the noise drives me nuts. I suspect Firefox memory management issues. I know Firefox has a bad rep in this dept. Suggestions? Tweeks? Opera?
posted by Area Control
on Nov 6, 2007 -
the optical drive in my powerbook G4 has separated, sayeth the genuis, but i didn't buy applecare for my now 19-month old computer. there seem to be a few options, but i don't know which to try. advice, please! [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme
on Sep 12, 2007 -