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I am currently returning to Mac after a hiatus of 8 years. I was looking to purchase an iBook G4 that was offered to me hours ago. I was wondering if the system I will be purchasing can run smooth and if it can run games(mvp 2004/5, Madden 05, half life etc...) well. I might have more questions once I purchase the system.

Here are the specs

Processor 1.07GHz PowerPC G4

Memory (DDR SDRAM) 256MB PC2100 (266MHz)

Hard drive 30GB ATA/100 4200 rpm

Optical drive Slot-Load Combo Drive (DVD/CD-RW)

Display 12.1-inch (diagonal) TFT XGA

Graphics support ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 with 32MB of DDR SDRAM

FireWire One FireWire 400 port at up to 400 Mbps

USB Two USB 2.0 ports at up to 480 Mbps each

Modem Built-in 56K V.92 modem

Ethernet Built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet

System software Mac OS X version 10.3 Panther

Software Mac OS X, Classic environment, Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Sherlock, Address Book, QuickTime, iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand), iSync, iCal, DVD Player, AppleWorks, Mac OS X Chess, Microsoft Internet Explorer, EarthLink, Quicken 2005 for Mac, World Book 2004 Edition, Nanosaur 2, Marble Blast Gold, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, Zinio Reader, Apple Hardware Test

Hardware accessories Apple VGA Display Adapter, modem cable, power adapter, AC wall plug, power cord, lithium-ion battery
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how much would this cost [ not to be rude but to see if its worth it?]
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You're definitely want to get more RAM, especially for anything graphically intensive- like gaming. Unfortunately I'm not much a computer gamer so I couldn't give you a definite answer as far as running those apps.
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how much would this cost [ not to be rude but to see if its worth it?]

$250 shipped plus a cd player/MP3
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You're definitely want to get more RAM, especially for anything graphically intensive- like gaming. Unfortunately I'm not much a computer gamer so I couldn't give you a definite answer as far as running those apps.

How much more ram and how much would it cost? Would it be semi easy to install?
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I got a gig stick for a reasonable price @ Coast to Coast Memory. Very easy to install. Just pop the keyboard up, unscrew the Airport card tray, and the slot is right there.

$250? It's either hot or missing the screen for that price!
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I got a gig stick for a reasonable price @ Coast to Coast Memory. Very easy to install. Just pop the keyboard up, unscrew the Airport card tray, and the slot is right there.

$250? It's either hot or missing the screen for that price!

No its the full laptop. Working and all. Good cosmetic condition too.
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$250? It's either hot or missing the screen for that price!
That, or the person selling has no idea what they are selling. My iBook has pretty much the same specs, but with a 14" screen. I have 512MB of RAM and I am able to run COD, Jedi Academy, THPS4 and a few other games fairly well. With only a 32MB video card, games can be kinda choppy. If gaming is going to be your primary concern, you may want to just stick with a PC or a console system for the games. Everything else will run smooth as silk, just be sure to get at least 512MB of RAM, A 1GB stick would be even better. And since you are only paying $250 for the iBook, you would have plenty of cash left for the RAM.

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$250 is a great price. Apple is selling these refurbished for $899.00. Are you, um, sure that the guy you are getting it from is legit and that the machine is in good working order?

I wouldn't expect much in the way of gaming performance or even game availability on this system, especially if you are a real PC gamer. Games for the Mac are usually ported several months after the PC versions if at all. I don't think any of the titles you mentioned have even been ported. If you want a machine for gaming, buy something else.
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$250 is a great price. Apple is selling these refurbished for $899.00. Are you, um, sure that the guy you are getting it from is legit and that the machine is in good working order?

I wouldn't expect much in the way of gaming performance or even game availability on this system, especially if you are a real PC gamer. Games for the Mac are usually ported several months after the PC versions if at all. I don't think any of the titles you mentioned have even been ported. If you want a machine for gaming, buy something else.

I get the machine and my cousin in atlanta will pay. I am 100% sure its legit. I didnt know it was a good offer.
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go buy it now great deal
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go buy it now great deal

doesnt work that way. Has to be shipped.
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doesnt work that way. Has to be shipped.
Either way what we mean is scoop this deal up!

And welcome aboard! :mac:
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mine was...er...A LOT MORE THAN THAT. I'd buy it and sell it again for more, if I could
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mine was...er...A LOT MORE THAN THAT. I'd buy it and sell it again for more, if I could

If its a good deal then I doubt I will find someone to offer the same deal. Plus its being shipped tomorrow by USPS. Hopefully the upgrades wont cost much.
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