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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

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

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

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

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

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

Powerbook vs. Macbook

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

Macbook Pro Newbie

Help a newbie make the transition to Macbook Pro [more inside]
posted by victorashul on Jul 14, 2007 - 28 answers

Help me sell my PowerBook

I have some questions about AppleCare and selling my PowerBook. [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Jun 8, 2007 - 10 answers

Laptops: Apple MacBook Pro versus Sony Vaio/Dell/Toshiba. Please help me choose.

It's time for a new laptop. I have very strong thoughts on this subject, but I need your help, suggestions, and guidance. [more inside]
posted by davidinmanhattan on Jun 7, 2007 - 29 answers

I have "Alien" sweat!

Help me save my theoretical new MacBook Pro from my Sweat of Doom! [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Jun 7, 2007 - 20 answers

cranky 17" g4 powerbook screen

Why does my 17" PowerBook G4 screen suddenly go black? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco on May 31, 2007 - 4 answers

How do I convince Apple to replace my Powerbook with a Macbook Pro?

I believe I have a decent case for Apple to replace my defective Powerbook G4 with a shiny new Macbook Pro. How do I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by empty commercial spaces on Apr 19, 2007 - 19 answers

External Laptop Battery Pack

Is there a way to reuse an apple powerbook g4 battery to power a macbook pro? I know that it doesn't fit, but I'm hoping there is some kind of external pack that can accept and charge a powerbook battery but which can power a macbook pro. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by jwiener on Apr 5, 2007 - 5 answers

Reinstall OS X while retaining Office

Is there a way to somehow keep MS Office while reinstalling OS X? [more inside]
posted by 6550 on Mar 17, 2007 - 9 answers

Quick fix iMac as monitor for another Apple.

Is there any way that I can easily use my iMac Desktop (Current Intel Model) monitor as a second or primary monitor for my Powerbook using either the wireless network or a monitor adapter? [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Mar 14, 2007 - 6 answers

Installing Linux on my Mac's external hard drive

Is there anywhere I can find step-by-step instructions for installing a Linux distro (Ubuntu in particular) on my PowerBook G4's external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Dec 22, 2006 - 6 answers

Did I fry my SuperDrive?

Did I fry my SuperDrive? [more inside]
posted by felix betachat on Oct 17, 2006 - 7 answers

Is it worth getting the hinge to a 2 + year old PowerBook repaired?

The hinge on my 2 + year old PowerBook is broken. Is it worth sending it out to be repaired (and does anybody have a recommendation for a reputable company to do the repair), or should I just buy a new one? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Sep 28, 2006 - 9 answers

Extending the useful lifetime of a 12" 867 MHz PowerBook G4?

Do you have ant ideas for extending the useful lifetime of a 12" 867 MHz PowerBook G4? [more inside]
posted by nthdegx on Aug 20, 2006 - 15 answers

Adopted Powerbook G4. Should I sell her?

I just adopted a barely used 12” 1.33 G4 Powerbook free of charge. I’ve been a jealous WinXP user for some time and couldn't be happier with my new acquisition, but I’m a little torn over it’s usefulness. [more inside]
posted by paxton on Jul 21, 2006 - 19 answers

Powerbook damage repair advice needed

Yesterday on the sidewalk in front of the office, my computer bag strap broke and the bag fell to the ground, denting the corner of my (loaner) Powerbook G4. [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis on Jun 27, 2006 - 9 answers

My file downloads in OS X are ending unexpectedly

Lately my computer (Powerbook, OS X 10.4.6, wireless ADSL internet) has been giving up halfway through downloading files. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by teem on Jun 17, 2006 - 3 answers

Suddenly Sluggish Powerbook G4

Why is my Powerbook G4 slowing way down every two or three hours? [more inside]
posted by umbú on Jun 14, 2006 - 6 answers

Where can I buy a reliable Al Powerbook AC adapter?

My Aluminium Powerbook G4's AC adapter is on its last legs. I'll need a new one soon and I don't want to fork out >$100 for an official Apple replacement. Where can I buy a durable, affordable replacement? [more inside]
posted by teem on Apr 27, 2006 - 8 answers

Replacing a damaged Powerbook Screen yourself?

Just recently my friend dropped his beloved 17" Powerbook G4, while the end result was pretty bad, as in the screen was completely smashed, the rest of the unit is still in good condition. Luckily I have been able to find a replacement screen at a pretty good price, and I am looking to replace/attach it myself. The only trouble is I don't know how hard this will really be. Which is why I am seeking your experience and advice. [more inside]
posted by Sevenupcan on Apr 26, 2006 - 8 answers

Is my Powerbook resetting the wireless router in my house?

Weird, weird connectivity problem: apple powerbook to Comcast wireless internet. [more inside]
posted by salad spork on Apr 15, 2006 - 8 answers

What is best upgrade for a powerbook G4?

I would like to upgrade my old 15" G4 powerbook laptop 400 Mhz. I would like to get more speed out of it. I have maxxed the ram out and installed a faster access HDD. What else can I do? Motherboard? Recommendations?
posted by fox_terrier_guy on Mar 24, 2006 - 7 answers

Recommend a good third-party power adapter for an Apple PowerBook?

Can anyone recommend a good third-party power adapter for an Apple PowerBook? [more inside]
posted by EmuBite on Mar 16, 2006 - 5 answers

TextEdit makes my computer squeak.

When I type in TextEdit, my PowerBook (15", 10.4.5) emits a high-pitched squeak with every entered character or press of the delete key. WTF? [more inside]
posted by danb on Feb 26, 2006 - 8 answers

Powerbook or MacBook?

Powerbook or MacBook? Trade offs between the old generation and new generation of Pro Apple laptops. [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze on Jan 19, 2006 - 32 answers

Upgrading a DVD-less Powerbook

How to install Tiger (OSX 10.4) on a Powerbook with a broken DVD drive? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta on Jan 17, 2006 - 5 answers

PowerBook logic board woes

Should I get my PowerBook's logic board replaced? [more inside]
posted by danb on Dec 27, 2005 - 12 answers

Should I invest in a Mac?

I'm a longtime PC user who is considering purchasing a Mac laptop for personal use. I'm relatively unfamiliar with Macs, and need advice! [more inside]
posted by charmston on Dec 27, 2005 - 34 answers

Can I use an iBook's power adaptor for my PowerBook?

I have a new 12 inch PowerBook with original power adaptor, my girlfriend has a 1 year old iBook with original power adaptor, I also have an old 15 inch 877 MHz "TiBook" PowerBook with an aftermarket power adaptor supposedly built just for that TiBook (at least I was told it would work with that TiBook.) Can we share power adaptors? Or should I only use my new power adaptor with my new PowerBook?
posted by pwb503 on Dec 6, 2005 - 7 answers

External audio for Powerbook?

I currently use the standard 3.5mm jacks on my Powerbook and would like to upgrade to a nicer set of inputs and outputs. [more inside]
posted by suitcase on Nov 14, 2005 - 6 answers

Battery first, then upgrade? Upgrade first, then battery?

PotentiallyStupidQuestionFilter: I'm looking to juice up my long-in-the-tooth titanium Powerbook (from March of 2002 -- 667 mHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 30GB harddrive, etc.) with both a new battery (since the original one now gets approx. five minutes of life when unplugged) and OS X 10.4. Here's the weird question: Should I put the battery in first, and then update the OS, or do the OS update and then swap in the new battery? It might not matter at all, but I know that operating systems do have an impact on battery performance -- is that something I should be taking into consideration, or can I do either upgrade at any time without worrying about sequence?
posted by logovisual on Nov 10, 2005 - 9 answers

Which laptop for a skinflint graphic designer?

The new 15 inch Powerbook suits my computing needs perfectly, but one of those plus new software would actually break the bank. What's the closest I can get with a Windows laptop? [more inside]
posted by godawful on Nov 6, 2005 - 25 answers

fixing a Powerbook G4 screen

I have a Powerbook whose display doesn't work. Is it really the display or maybe just the cable, and could I fix that myself? [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez on Oct 7, 2005 - 6 answers

When will Apple stop supporting OS9?

As a longtime Mac user, I still depend on several OS9 applications for my work. I've heard, though, that Apple's new Macs will stop supporting OS9, which is bad news for me. My goal is to buy the last PowerBook that rolls off the assembly line that still supports OS9 - this way, my OS9-friendly Mac will last as long as possible. My question: can anyone tell me when Apple is making the changeover to OS9-less Macs?
posted by mark7570 on Sep 15, 2005 - 22 answers

lap-tøp no-døz

my powerbook seems to have developed narcolepsy. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Jul 9, 2005 - 7 answers

What's the black stuff coming out of my 12" Powerbook?

A couple of months ago, I noticed a small black spot on the bezel around my laptop's screen, and on the spot that was directly under it when the laptop is closed. Today it oozed. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by michaelkuznet on Jun 18, 2005 - 6 answers

Powerbook G5's... When o' when... What's your plan?

Anyone else on the verge of making the switch to Mac land (or upgrading)? Everywhere i've seen rumored they are saying 2nd Q for the G5 powerbooks... What do you guys think? I'd rather not repeat my mistake of getting the Canon Rebel right before the new one came out (d'oh!).. So I'm thinking about waiting for the G5 to appear and either get the low end one or a used (or new) G4 assuming the prices drop. Given that being a gadgetfreak if you're always waiting for the next big thing you'll never end up buying anything... but seems like it could be soon hmmm?
posted by joshgray on May 27, 2005 - 23 answers

battery not found after tiger upgrade

I upgraded my wife's powerbook (15" titanium/867Mhz, from 2003) to tiger last week and now it seems when unplugged it doesn't recognize the battery in the status monitor. I've searched google but can't find any fix. [more inside]
posted by mathowie on May 18, 2005 - 2 answers

Powerbook heat tolerances or "It burns! It burns!"

My Powerbook (15" G4 1.25 Ghz) is criminally hot. Temperature Monitor reports that my Processor/Controller Bottomside temp. is 140°F, Power Supply Bottomside is 142.2°F, Battery is 95°F, and my Hard Disk is 104°F. The metal bottom of the "laptop" is too hot to touch for more than a moment. Is this reasonable? Is my computer broken? [MI] [more inside]
posted by maniactown on May 12, 2005 - 29 answers

Do I need a voltage converter or just a plug adapter

I'm going to be traveling from the US to Italy and Greece. Do I need a voltage converter or just a plug adapter to power my PowerBook and Minolta battery charger? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Apr 14, 2005 - 8 answers

Do I Wait For The Powerbook G5?

So when is the Powerbook G5 really coming out? I have been a lifelong PC user, but I want to get a laptop as my next computer and after using several of my friends' Powerbooks I was sold on buying one. However, it seems like there's conflicting information and advice on (a) whether I should buy the revised G4 PB or wait for the G5 (which could have some quirks upon initial release), (b) whether I really need the power of of a G5 in my laptop, and (c) when the hell the thing is even coming out. Please help AppleGurus.
posted by rooftop secrets on Apr 5, 2005 - 17 answers

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