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Originally Posted by Mightyquin View Post
Do I try to return the Powerbook at the weekend and get a more up to date Windows laptop, or is a Powerbook still a capable machine for web browsing, typing up the odd document, and maybe watching DVD's? (I'll use the Mini for any heavier applications like Photoshop and Itunes etc), and helpful to use the same/similar systems.
It's perfectly capable in doing all those tasks. In fact, it's no less capable today than it was 7 years ago. You are at a dead end in terms of upgrading the OS, and you aren't going to want to use Safari, Apple's browser.

However, you should find Firefox to be adequate. LibreOffice is just one of your options for typing up documents and even the current release still supports Leopard and the PPC platform. And DVDs… not a problem, though be aware that those slot-loading drives are notoriously problematic. After a couple years, the PowerBook I used to own would eject my DVDs with some sticky streaks on it. No idea what it was. Just test the drive out with something you don't value before deciding to rely on it.

Some things are no longer developed for Leopard and/or PPC hardware. Flash Player in particular is one, though you can still get ahold of the last version that does support it.

BTW… if you give us the specs and what exact model you have, and what you paid for it, we can better tell you if you got a good deal and if you may need upgrades like RAM. Hopefully you got the install discs with it as well… preferably the original ones since they have hardware testing software on them. You can get this from clicking on the Apple menu, top left corner, then selecting "About This Mac". Select "More Info" to get extra details.


Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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