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[email]larwelarwe.com[/email] (Lewin A.R.W. Edwards) wrote:
If you are referring to the iBooks that have a handle, it'll be slow.> Hi all,
> It has been a couple of years since I last seriously used MacOS, but I
> just started playing with 10.2 on a spare G3 at work and I'm quite
> impressed. I'm seriously contemplating buying a secondhand iBook on
> eBay and I have a few questions:
> 1. Will OS X work on the old curvy-style kidlike iBooks? That's really
> all I can afford. (I really loathe using desktop computers. It's a
> notebook or nothing).
Otherwise, you'll have to be more specific about what model you are
looking for (original iBook, iBook SE (has FW), "iceBook (different
case)," "Snow" iBook, etc.
IIRC, CardBus is no problem, but the iBooks don't have PC-card slots, so>
> 4. Is it possible to use CardBus FireWire cards with MacOS X? I've got
> a 2-port Texas Instruments OHCI CardBus card. I only want this card to
> sync with my iPod; I don't have, and am most unlikely ever to acquire,
> any other 1394 peripherals. I'm aware that I can't charge the iPod
> through this card; that's fine. But I would like to use the iBook to
> sync with the pod; mainly so I can use the new Apple music store.
you would need an external reader. I assume that your TI card is a
FireWire card? Later iBooks (and Powerbooks after 2000) have FW built-in.
I don't know what sort of budget you are working with, and am not quite
sure what version of iBook you are referring to, but I would recommend
(as another poster did as well) looking for a used PowerBook G3 FireWire
(also called Pismo). I hear that they are going for between $5-800 for
the 500MHz version, and you might be able to find the slower version for
less. Heck, even the older bronze keyboard (Lombard) or black keyboard
(Wallstreet II) models might do what you want, and are even cheaper.
The PowerBooks have PC-Card slots, better port options (video-out), and
larger screens than the iBooks, and the ones that I've mentioned have
expansion bays for added flexibility (though I don't use mine all that
I run OS X on a Pismo 400, and it works fine. I mostly do typing (and
compiling of a sort) in LaTeX, and e-mail, with other stuff thrown in
occasionally. I like my keyboard, though the right side rattles a bit
more than I'd like (there are fixes for this). Why don't you go over to
[url]www.lowendmac.com[/url] and have a look around? you definitely should review
the specifications of the machines that you are considering so that you
know what you will be getting. Assuming that your price range is limited
to $500 or less, I would recommend looking for a Pismo or Lombard before
considering other models. Of course, if you can find/are talking about
an iBook model that has FW built-in and is 600MHz or faster, those would
be better (but I think that they are going for more than the Pismo these
days). Mind, I'm a Pismo owner, so I'm biased, but they're nice
machines: good performance, nice screen, flexible, expandable (don't
ever try replacing the HD in an iBook), and quite attractive.
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