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Poor Little Old Laptop...

Is my PowerBook G4 officially dead? [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on May 20, 2013 - 6 answers

One itunes library to rule them all, and one library to bind them.....

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 - 10 answers

Help me see what I'll be seeing

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 - 6 answers

Troubleshooting DVD burning problems on my Macs.

Help me burn these family movie DVDs on my Mac, please! [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Dec 20, 2011 - 5 answers

Need to figure out a replacement/alternative for my 12" Powerbook

Need to figure out a replacement/alternative for my 12" Powerbook. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by epiphinite on Jul 2, 2011 - 31 answers

Drive me crazy, keyboard cat

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 - 7 answers

Slow Macs, iPhone. I'm stumped.

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 - 12 answers

Mac OSX booting issue reboot help!

I need a booting Mac Christmas Miracle for my powerbook, Please. [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Dec 24, 2010 - 6 answers

Mac Powerbook Needs to be Reconfigured

How should I reconfigure my Mac powerbook G4, and other mac-related growth advice. [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Oct 25, 2010 - 18 answers

Power up my PowerBook so I can Get Rid of It!

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 - 8 answers

Flash? More like Strobe.

Help me play YouTube and Hulu videos on my PowerBook. [more inside]
posted by schmod on Apr 27, 2010 - 6 answers

Does having a PowerPc processor cause programs to not respond?

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, explanation? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jan 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Rescue stories from ye olde Mac!

Best way to get files off of a 1994 Powerbook? [more inside]
posted by epersonae on Jan 3, 2010 - 17 answers

This admin account has no admin authority?

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 - 5 answers

Would linux breathe new life into my old powerbook?

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 - 2 answers

Help keep my old Powerbook G4 on WiFi. (Technical Mac Question.)

Help keep my old Powerbook G4 on WiFi. (Technical Mac Question.) [more inside]
posted by Mid on Sep 11, 2009 - 9 answers

Powerbook: No Logo

Powerbook G4 won't boot up. I hear the chime, get a gray screen, but NO apple logo or spinning wheel. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Jul 20, 2009 - 17 answers

Laptop case compatibility

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 - 4 answers

Is this powerbook worth the money?

Is this 2002 titanium PowerBook g4 worth the money? [more inside]
posted by shopefowler on May 5, 2009 - 12 answers

Can I give my Mac laptop a newer operating system?

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 - 20 answers

Griffin Air Click - any way to make it work or remote control another waY?

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 - 6 answers

Fixing LaunchServices on OSX

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 - 10 answers

Would an Asus Eee running OS X Leopard be faster than my PowerBook G4?

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 - 15 answers

Raising the Dead

PowerBook G4 won't react to power button. Are we SOL? [more inside]
posted by mkb on Nov 8, 2008 - 8 answers

Will CS4 run on a G4 Powerbook?

Will Adobe's CS4 run on a Powerbook G4? [more inside]
posted by i_love_squirrels on Nov 6, 2008 - 3 answers

Four Years of Dedicated Service

Powerbook G4 (hardware?) woes, followed by death of battery LEDs. [more inside]
posted by Monstrous Moonshine on Nov 4, 2008 - 4 answers

Hey hey hey! Mac geeks in the hooooouuuuusssseeeee!!!!

Help me pimp my Powerbook please. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Oct 20, 2008 - 14 answers

What is this Powerbook's problem?

What is this Powerbook's problem? Rare kernel panics followed by disk catalog errors on startup, but I've ruled out the HD and OS. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks on Oct 17, 2008 - 6 answers

Please help me with my powerbook keyboard conundrum. Are you geniuser?

Please help me with my powerbook keyboard conundrum. Are you geniuser? [more inside]
posted by citybuddha on Oct 8, 2008 - 8 answers

What do I do with this old laptop?

I'm looking for suggestions for both scenarios: The computer works, or it doesn't work. I'm waiting for a battery from eBay... Wikipedia 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 - 3 answers

It's better to burn out then to fade away

MacBook Pro screen weirdness - feature or bug? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Jul 26, 2008 - 6 answers

How to best to dispose of my dead laptop?

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 - 5 answers

Should I buy a used 12" G4 Powerbook as a stopgap machine?

Macfilter: Thinking of buying a 12" G4 Powerbook, is this irrational thinking? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Jun 9, 2008 - 24 answers

For now, I'll be using Xbox Dead. (handle: StupidComputer!)

PowerBook&NetworkingFilter: Dialogue box freezes after I choose System Prefs > Sharing. Help? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Jun 8, 2008 - 4 answers

Why does my 12" Powerbook overheat so much?

Why does my 12" Powerbook overheat so much? [more inside]
posted by DLWM on Jun 8, 2008 - 11 answers

Thinking Of Getting A G4 iBook Or PowerBook

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? Thanks!
posted by Brian Puccio on May 27, 2008 - 7 answers

Startup disk almost full again?!

Why would my Powerbook's virtual memory top 20Gb? [more inside]
posted by luazinha on May 3, 2008 - 14 answers

I haven't the power.

Powerbook shorting out: out of warranty, wont power at all, no battery charge [more inside]
posted by sindas on Apr 3, 2008 - 5 answers

G4 Powerbook Runs Slow; CPU Maxed

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 - 6 answers

All together now

How can I stitch some video files together? [more inside]
posted by rtha on Mar 8, 2008 - 5 answers

one signal bar, two signal bar. three signal bar, four?

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 - 12 answers

Powerbook charging troubles

Help me diagnose my Powerbook’s power supply woes. [more inside]
posted by rtha on Jan 16, 2008 - 11 answers

replace powerbook display a go go?

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 - 6 answers

Would upgrading to Leopard allow my computer to better stream video?

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 - 14 answers

One touch shutdown

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 - 5 answers

Powerbook G4 help

Help with OS X on Powerbook. Darwin / BSD what do I do now? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Nov 28, 2007 - 7 answers

If Firefox killing the performance of my PowerBook?

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 - 18 answers

Powerbook vs. Macbook

Should I buy a Macbook? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Nov 4, 2007 - 28 answers

Mac Diagnosis

MacFilter: Diagnosing a spinning-beach-ball of Death on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by vacapinta on Sep 13, 2007 - 6 answers

apple don't care.

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 - 4 answers

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