01-14-2006, 10:15 PM #1oliverd2006GuestWhat should I do now? Dead PowerBook
I was a victim of an accident involving someone cycling illegally on the pavement in London on Friday afternoon. Naturally I came away with minor scarring (and some shock) but my two and a half year old 15 inch 1GHz Combo PowerBook G4 is now a complete write off (it's screen is cracked and I have been told that it would cost more to replace than buy another similar used one.)
So what should I do next? I am due to graduate from University in just five months time and it's not worth me shelling out for a brand new or even a refurbished one just yet: that can wait until I enter the world of work and have started to earn money. I am in the course of advertising the old machine on eBay (you'll be surprised how much value they generate in useful spares) and have considered buying a used iBook or PowerBook to fill in the remaining time that I have left at Uni. But what specs/age do you recommend? As a minimum requirement the temporary Mac must at least have a DVD/CD-RW drive. I am likely to be salvaging the Airport card from my now-dead machine.
Any help will be gladly appreciated: I am beginning to lose sleep over it.
01-14-2006, 10:23 PM #2
Why not just look for something that matches the specs of your old PowerBook?
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01-14-2006, 10:39 PM #3jn4jennyGuest
Step 1: If you have parents or a spouse who carry homeowner's insurance, see if they can make a claim for your Powerbook's damage. Some people really get lucky in this department and get the full cost of the machine reimbursed.
Step two: If you can live without the graphics power, consider replacing your machine temporarily with a 1Ghz 14" iBook. It'll be cheaper than getting another PB and you'll only have to deal with it for 4 months. If you must have the graphics power, just get the same machine you had before. If you play it smart on Ebay and use sniping software, you can really get a good deal.
Another option would be to finance a new or refurb iBook/Powerbook through the Apple Credit Account. You'd get 90 days same-as-cash financing. If you're confident that you can cough up the cash in the next three months, that would be a really good option.
You might also consider sacrificing portability for cheapness and desperation, and picking up a $200 LCD monitor to hook into your Powerbook. If there's nothing wrong with the PB besides a crunked screen, you could "get by" by turning it into a fake desktop, attaching an external monitor/mouse/keyboard.
01-14-2006, 11:01 PM #4oliverd2006GuestOriginally Posted by jn4jenny
01-15-2006, 11:24 AM #5jn4jennyGuestOriginally Posted by oliverd2006
And if you can't convince any of these organizations/people to let you download a free sniper like JBidWatcher, just do it the old school way and put in your bid 30 seconds before the Ebay auction is over. Simple. Uncomplicated.
01-15-2006, 06:54 PM #6Biturbo V12 AMGGuest
go check out your university computers store i know they have good deals on older computers that are brand new and they cant keep them around cuse of space.
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