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    Laptop: Buying One.  Advice?
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    Laptop: Buying One. Advice?
    I have a G4 desktop Power PC, I run 10.4.7.

    I was thinking of getting a laptop that is also a power PC, so i can install my apps and generally be compatible with my desktop. I had an ibook G4 before, I liked it.

    Is it unreasonable to hope I could find a good, pretty fast Power PC laptop, or is that just too old now?

    Lastly, any suggestions on where to looK?
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    Laptop: Buying One.  Advice?
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    You can probably find one. However, a word of advice.... stay away from eBay and Craig's list unless the seller is local to you and you can meet with them in person and test the machine.

    As far as a PowerPC laptop being too old is concerned.... yes, they're a bit out of date but are still fine machines with plenty of life left in them.

    Regards.

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    Yes, be very careful on Craigslist. I have a G4 Powerbook 17" still under Applecare protection I'm trying to decide on keeping or selling. I haven't fooled with trying to sell it because I found so many scammers on Craigslist when I was recently looking for a Macbook Pro.

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    I agree, I would definitely stay away from craigslist but ebay if you are careful should be fine. You definitely want to view there feedback score number one and if you purchase a refurbished machine from some of these ebay stores, besides the 90 warranty some also offer and extended 2 year warranty (parts and labor) thats really not to bad. Just be cautious.

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    There is no reason to buy a PPC machine for compatibility. Everything you have on PPC will work just as well (if not better) on an Intel machine. I just cannot recommend buying PPC as you immediately limit your future with that purchase.
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    Laptop: Buying One.  Advice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    You can probably find one. However, a word of advice.... stay away from eBay and Craig's list unless the seller is local to you and you can meet with them in person and test the machine.

    As far as a PowerPC laptop being too old is concerned.... yes, they're a bit out of date but are still fine machines with plenty of life left in them.

    Regards.
    Thanks! Thanks to all who responded with helpful posts.

    Thanks for the info regarding ebay and craigslist. But what do you guys think of factory refurbished deals like these:

    http://www.compuvest.com/Description...2eU?iid=824780


    http://www.macofalltrades.com/Apple_...g4133pb171.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by jroller View Post
    There is no reason to buy a PPC machine for compatibility. Everything you have on PPC will work just as well (if not better) on an Intel machine. I just cannot recommend buying PPC as you immediately limit your future with that purchase.
    Okay, fellas, is this true? Could I install my version of Microsoft Word for Mac (it's an old one, 2001), Logic Pro 7.1, iLife 04 and other peripheral apps and they would work just fine? If not that's okay, i'll get a refurbed PPC. Thanks again for the help. jroller, thank you for the resources in your sig, i checked them out.
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    Laptop: Buying One.  Advice?
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    Don't the new ones run all that stuff under 'rosetta'?

    I could be horribly confused, I don't know much about this one!

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