Looking to upgrade my ibook...questions...

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  1. lordcoca

    lordcoca Wading in the Velvet Sea

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    I was planning on getting a new powerbook, but since it doesn't look like that's going to happen, I've decided to settle and upgrade my little ibook :)

    First of all, I want to add some RAM to the little guy. It's got 256, and I'd like to double that to 512. Now, I'm not too familiar with upgrading computers, I don't think I ever have in the past. Is it difficult? How do I upgrade the RAM in an ibook anyways? And where's a place I could buy some for cheap. Oh, and also, would I need to buy a 512 stick and take out the 256 stick, or could I just buy an additional 256 stick? I'm guessing the former :hs:

    Secondly, I'd like to pick up an external hard drive. I've never owned an external hard drive so I've got some questions. Can I set it so that itunes will access all the music from the external drive? Or so that Garageband will record directly to the external drive? I've completely filled up the tiny 30 gig drive the ibook had, so I've got to find some alternative :hs:

    And if anyone has any recommendations as far as specific external drives or RAM sticks, let me know. I'd prefer a more portable external drive, but it's not really a requirement :)
     
  2. asshole

    asshole dont eat yellow snow! OT Supporter

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    you can get a 1 gig chip for less than 100 bux! HD upgrade for little over 100 bux! With those 2 upgrades alone it will feel like a new computer. Just be sure to get the faster drives like 60 gig 7200 rpm or even 5400 rpm drives the faster the better!
    good place for this stuff is www.macsales.com OWC
     
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    lordcoca Wading in the Velvet Sea

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    I've got about $200, I could probably swing spending as much as $250, but that has to cover a Airport Extreme Card along with the RAM and external drive :hs:
     
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    urban ape take that take that take that

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    i threw this in my 12" ibook about 3 months ago. best upgrade i ever made. ~200$ to give you an idea.

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    How hard is it to install a hard drive on an iBook?
     
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    urban ape take that take that take that

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    pretty damn hard, and time consuming. there are about 50 little screws (not kidding) that go into keeping the ibook together, and you have to pretty much strip it down to the guts. if i can find the DIY link, ill post it in here.
     
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    Too much work for me :hs:
     
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    Snotfist I am the Urban Cowboy.

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    what model of iBook are you talking about? If it is only a G3 you can only top the RAM off at 640.
     
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    I have all the service manuals so if you need the one for your model let me know. Oh and its not that hard to install a new harddrive. This will give you step by step.
     
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    lordcoca Wading in the Velvet Sea

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    It's a 1 ghz ibook G4 :hs:
     
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    lordcoca Wading in the Velvet Sea

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    Can anyone tell me if that ram will work in my ibook? I'm impatient :hsd:
     
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    yes, the memory will work.... But memory is one of the items on my "Fry's Shit-list"... That means it's one of the parts that you do NOT want to buy from them. www.newegg.com is more reputable.
     
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    lordcoca Wading in the Velvet Sea

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    Really? Why is Fry's so bad for buying memory?
     
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    memory, cpus, motherboards, etc, you do NOT buy these parts there. At least not if you want better than 50/50 odds of them working :mamoru:
     
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    Dominion I believe you have my stapler.

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    I second his motion. newegg.com ftw. Also if you want good quality ram I recommend Corsair and if you got some deeper pockets, corsair XMS. My question is, if I purchased the higher end corsair, I know the ibook will support only up to 2100, will it take the 2700 or the 3200 and just underclock it no issues. I know PC's will do this and have no issue (as long as your components and ram aren't shitty), are ibooks and mac hardware in general this way?
     
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    technically, yes. However, I've seen many issues with mixing speeds. Matching all stick as 3200, for example, and running them at 266MHz, is no problem. But a 2100 stick and a 3200 stick don't always play nice (although, sometimes they do).

    For ease of upgrading, just get something to match what you already have.
     
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    Dominion I believe you have my stapler.

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    Yea that's what I thought, Now to find 2100 gig sticks from corsair :p
     
  20. maczter

    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    i guess it's all a matter of perspective. i actually prefer to buy these parts at fry's because if i do have a problem, they're less than five minutes from my house and i know they'll exchange it without hassling me.
     

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