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    Hi, I am saving, got 500 and around June time I will have enough for a Mac Laptop.

    I am stuck between the iBook and the PowerBook with 14/15inch minimum screen size is a must

    I thought of getting extra ram seperatly (Could I get 256mb then get a 512mb stick from an online site?) Any ideas? Is it simple to add RAM?

    It wont be out of date soon will it? I hope it to last some years at the price.. lol

    I live in the UK

    Anybody who also owns one of these, are they noisy? Is there stuff I should do every so often (Like maintenance) How long does the battery last?

    I have 11Gb of video music (mostly MPG and some AVI files) I like to listen to all the time and I also have the 40GB Xclef-HD500 and is supported by OSX and someone on this board has one and from what I read you just plug in and it comes up on the desktop handy

    Thanks

    Edit: The 1.5Ghz PowerBook is what im wanting to get more, and i found http://www.crucial.com/uk/ when looking for cheaper ram.. but the model isnt there

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    TylerMoney
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    I own a 12" powerbook...not noisy...if the fan comes on, there is some noise..but it goes away soon..and you have to use it for a long period of time for it to come on...great computers....and damn, especially with the annoucements of todays upgraded powerbooks...i'm so upset..it would make my 12" perfect...the new 12 has all I wanted in the 15...but really...I'm still exstatic about mine.

    Memmory is extremely easy to put in, and totally worth getting standard memmory from order, and putting an extra stick in afterword...make sure and get good memmory though...some macs have problems with some memmory...crucial is apparently good, and i know Corsair is really good to, and it has a lifetime warantly.

    You shouln't be out of date any time soon..any time soon at all....

    as for maintanance..when you update software, or install new software, they say it's a good idea to repair permissions...look around the forums..you'll get exact directions on doing so...as well as running other tasks...it has been said a lot by others, so I won't repeat it..

    Either way, iBook or PowerBook, you'll be extremely happy, and with all the updates now...even happier.

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    Hey! I live in England but got my 17" Powerbook from a reseller in America. Turned out to be pretty cheap(when compared to apple store UK). You shouldn't worry about anything, just make sure you get a good bag/carry case for ur laptop - I use the brenthaven 17" backpack. Cheers

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    Can the non superdrive burn normal cd-rs? and can the dvi out make me be able to use a lcd monitor for a 2nd display?

    did you get tax on your order and where from?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graeme43
    Can the non superdrive burn normal cd-rs? and can the dvi out make me be able to use a lcd monitor for a 2nd display?

    did you get tax on your order and where from?

    thanks
    Non Superdrive is the combo drive which reads DVD-Rom and burns CD-R CD-RW.

    You can use 2 monitors with DVI out (ibook/PB screen and external) or use the Laptop as a normal desktop with external monitor.

    Your question regarding which to buy, depends on your needs if its normal everyday computing get an ibook (14") but if its more processor hungry get a powerbook 15" as 12" really is too small a screen for my liking.

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    Hey Graeme43,

    If money is a constraint (as it is for almost all of us =p) don't be afraid to go for an iBook... it's way powerful enough for most purposes. Only drawback is perhaps how you cannot use 2 monitors at the same time.

    Definitely add RAM. Mine's maxed out at 640. I think everyone here recommends as much RAM as you can afford. The iBooks on display at the Apple Shop are only running with 256 and are tonnes slower than mine.

    I've managed to clock 5 hours of battery life on my Ibook so far. Pretty decent!

    Good luck with saving up... It'll be the best buy of your life! I know mine was =)

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    I am going to get the 14 inch 1.2ghz ibook or the 1.33ghz 15 inch powerbook

    I hope i have enough for the powerbook when the time comes if not i'll have to get the ibook because im not waiting any longer

    the main reason i want the powerbook is the better graphics and that means that ut2004 might play on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graeme43
    I am going to get the 14 inch 1.2ghz ibook or the 1.33ghz 15 inch powerbook

    I hope i have enough for the powerbook when the time comes if not i'll have to get the ibook because im not waiting any longer

    the main reason i want the powerbook is the better graphics and that means that ut2004 might play on it?

    Don't get desperate....if there a chance you can save a little bit more in the next few months (like 4 to 5 months) WAIT...and get the PowerBook......better graphics, faster, bigger screen, it's a better notebook overall. So be patient and W A I T. That's what i'm doin' ...saving enough to get a 15" P.B. no one's waiting for me so........wtf...in the mean time i'll stick to my PC and keep reading www.mac-forums.com and learning more about MAC's and OS-X so that when i get my mac...i won't be THAT confused because it's going to be my first Mac.

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    I will have 500 in the coming week (just waiting on cheques cashing and stuff)
    in july i get 600 of some insurance money and the rest is put away for proper use (not buying computers)

    I still have time to save before july and that what im doing. selling stuff that i never use (good idea, frees space and helps save)

    it will be my first laptop and mac

    Yet every day I check my emails I have about 15 viruses, one was sneaky and looked like a link to an email message looked innoercent.. but the filesize was fimiliar and my mouse just happend hover on the link.. guess what, when you click the link it activates the attachment instead using a script

    thanks

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    Yup...dude i'm sick and tired of PC's..honestly....i mean....it's NOT that's a piece of [poopoo].....cuz i've been working on PC's my whole life, and i've done a lot of great things on em.....and you can do pretty much everything that you can do ona mac..on a PC and viceversa. But because of PC's market control almost EVERY virus there is goes into a PC and i'm tired of it......besides MAc's are pretty, friendlyuse....great system..

    it'll be my first MAc and first Notebook too......i'll still have my Desktop PC (that's if i don't sell it to buy the Powerbook ) but i'll try to always have the two. (having access to both worlds its the better choice ain't it?

    i'll get my notebook, and i'll buy an external Mouse i saw...GREAT mouse, it was wireless, and sooo tiny! it looked like a toy! It had the usb wireless system connector (it was like 3 inches long, and you plug it into the usb output on the powerbook) and the wireless mouse! two buttons, and scrolling wheel i can't wait!!

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    Its not that PCs are crap, its just windoze... I mean if you installed linux it is a lot faster and you can get WineX3 and play PC games in that or get ports (Like Ut2003 and 2004 come with the linux installer on the CD/DVD)

    Linux on my PC, OS X on my soon to come Powerbook

    I have a 5 button mouse here and it is awesome and its usb so i'll just use it

    now thats best of both

    lol i sent you a pm :p

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    what's pm??

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    private message

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graeme43
    did you get tax on your order and where from?

    thanks
    They charged me 48 quid VAT but i think thats not accurate, coz PowerBook here is worth over 2000 quid, and 50 quid on VAT is nothing comparatively. I think the seller shipped with a lower price indicated on the parcel. Buts thats all! Not a lot of hassle, UPS delivers @ home and they collect the charges then and there from you.
    cheers!

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    Welcome to Mac and the forums! I saw repair permissions mentioned, manually it's like this (but Mac Janitor can do it too):
    After every software update, and about every 2 weeks: close all apps and log totally off. Log on, go in Finder, Applications. Utilities, Disk Utility. After the message -getting disk information- select volume (below the hard drive name -upper left corner). Just highlight it. Now look to the lower two things are there near the middle, verify permissions, repair permissions. Click repair permissions. Also make sure you run cron tasks Finder, Applications. Utilities Terminal type (switching to root - superuser) sudo sh /etc/daily > this needs to be done /weekly (instead of daily) and monthly. again with all apps closed

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