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    Apple Powerbook G4 17in

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    Hey Guys/ Galls

    Basically i have just acquired a Powerbook G4 with the following specs.
    Apple Power book G4
    Processor - 1GHz
    Memory - 1GB
    Hard Drive 60GB

    I have done work on my previous laptop but have been reading on how to upgrade this mac. Ideally i would like to upgrade the three above items.

    Being a total Mac Noob i have no idea what to be looking for or where to get it from as most websites say that this should be a professional install.

    Just a bit of background my main industry is live sound at theatre performances and live rock gigs. So i would like the laptop to be able to cope with RT Analyzers and other industry related software with ease.

    Any ideas or suggestions
    would be most appreciated
    Aheers
    Derrick

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    Apple Powerbook G4 17in
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    You can upgrade two of three items you mentioned:

    1. Memory can be upgraded to max of 2 GB (although Apple officially says 1 GB )

    2. Hard drive can be upgraded to a larger one. (Ultra ATA)

    The CPU (PPC G4) can not be upgraded since it's hard wired to the machine.

    Still a very nice machine that should last for awhile. You can also upgrade the OS X version to 10.5.8 Leopard.

    Regards.

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    Apple Powerbook G4 17in
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    In my opinion, RAM is the most feasible if not the only truly feasible upgrade.
    Yes, you can upgrade the HDD, but it is a real pain in the posterior to do so.
    Taking apart a PowerBook G4 is a daunting task, not for the faint of heart.
    Even those experienced in the fine art of disassembling computers will have a challenge ahead of them.
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    Apple Powerbook G4 17in

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    i knew about the difficult hard drive as i found that out the other day when trying ot examine to see if the hard drive and proccesor were easily upgradable or not. i got to the stage when i had the top shell off up to the bottom of the keyboard but there was something still holding it down... think it was a multipin connector or something will take another look over christmas when i've got enough time to look.. cheers though.

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