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Hello its been awhile since I've been on these forums,

I have a powerbook g4 1.67 that I bought on ebay for basic internet, email, and MS office when I'm at school away from my Mac Pro. Shortly after buying it the DC-Charging board went and I took it to apple for repair. During the repair the logic board fried. They replaced the logic board (so new cpu and gpu), the dc-charging board, and the bottom half of the case. I was only charged for the dc-board. I now have a basically brand new powerbook for $50.

it has 1.5 GB of RAM. Would upgrading it to the max 2GB make a difference for OSX 10.5?

It currently has the OEM 80 GB 5400 rpm HD. Would a modern 5400 rpm drive be faster? Are any solid state drives made for ATA100 interfaces?

Lastly, where do you recommend getting a replacement battery from? I am only getting a hour from a full charge.

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Wouldn't bother with the HD, as you wouldn't see much of an increase in speed. The RAM however might be worth it if you're running 10.5.
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Yes you can get SSD suitable for G4 machines and it would make a pretty big difference. Have a look at this video from OWC using a Mercury Legacy SSD. Makes a 1GB PowerBook faster than the 1.5GB model with a standard 5440 drive:-


Mercury Legacy Pro SSD Shootout - PowerBook G4 vs PowerBook G4

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alright everyone thanks for the help. The powerbook will be getting a SSD and RAM.

I'm assuming that SSD are more forgiving than normal HD's in terms of temperature changes and vibrations due to no moving parts?

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Suggest not vibrating any hard drive if at all possible and SSD's run much cooler than platter drives. In a Mac Pro SSD 27C compared to Velociraptor 34C.

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