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Basic usage ibook.

by shahrokhan / June 23, 2007 11:56 AM PDT

I am going to go to Canada and my cousin, not very good at computers, suggested that I should buy an ibook so that I dont get bored. I thought that it would be a good idea to buy a used low end model from ebay. What I am worried about is performance on these old machines.

Firstly I will be doing all the basic stuff that most people do like email, web, youtube etc. I presume just about any G4 ibbok will be able to pull this off easily.

Dreamweaver. I am learning Dreamweaver and I want to know if there is a version out there which will run on these low end ibooks.

As this is not going to be my main stream computer and just a tester (for switching to Mac OSX), I want it to be a s cheap as possible but at the same time give me reasonable performance. Can you please suggest the specs I should look for on ebay?

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fairly simple...
by boya84 / June 23, 2007 1:39 PM PDT
In reply to: Basic usage ibook.

it needs to be operational.

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short answer?
by grimgraphix / June 23, 2007 2:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Basic usage ibook.

any iBook with 1.2 ghz or better will be new enough to keep you happy.

For best video performance make sure the RAM is maxed out.

Any version of DreamWeaver will run on your new/old mac as long as it is for the mac platform.

Don't plan on running windows on a G4 like you can on a mac intel.

Oh yeah, get a targus chill pad or a similar cooling pad for your laptop... those G4's run very hot.



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ibook G4 1Ghz?
by shahrokhan / June 23, 2007 4:52 PM PDT
In reply to: short answer?

So just about any ibook G4 above 1Ghz and 256 MB RAM should do the trick?

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yes, but
by boya84 / June 23, 2007 11:24 PM PDT
In reply to: ibook G4 1Ghz?

you really should increase the RAM and max it out (if that has not already been done.

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Do I NEED to?
by shahrokhan / June 24, 2007 2:49 AM PDT
In reply to: yes, but

Do i really need to max out the RAM? Its not my mainstream computer just a trial and for very basic tasks maybe no Dreamweaver too if the performance is not good.

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do you NEED to?
by boya84 / June 24, 2007 3:01 AM PDT
In reply to: Do I NEED to?

Probably not, but you are the one who wants "reasonable performance" as stated in your original post. I suggest you look at the minimum requirements of whatever version of OSX you plan to be running and use that as your guide.

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That RAM requirement
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 24, 2007 8:56 AM PDT
In reply to: do you NEED to?

These are the RAM requirements for OS X (10.4) and Adobe DreamWeaver.

Mac OS

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RAM especially needed for streaming video
by grimgraphix / June 24, 2007 10:18 AM PDT
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When I went from 512 to a full 1.256 gigs of ram in my 2 year old iBook the video performance of YouTube was startlingly better.

Take my word for it because I use the computer your talking about buying.


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by shahrokhan / June 24, 2007 12:07 PM PDT

Thanks. I will now look for one with the max amount of RAM.

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