4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 29, 2012 6:43 AM by Dr. Daniel Jackson
Dr. Daniel Jackson Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

I grabbed a Powerbook 1.25 from ebay for 60 bucks, because it was "broken", a spare 5400 80Gb and reseating the Airport card, and I had a working PowerBook.. I threw 2GB of ram and Leopard on it and I think it works fine but it really seems to lag in the iTunes dept and I'm not really sure what else to do with this thing, I bought it on a whim, a project that was easy to fix, I want to find some old games but with out classic I feel limited, I would go with Tiger in a heartbeat to get classic, but I am using it to make a master collection of iTunes Match tracks sanitized with 256 AAC, any suggestions?, I just want to utilize it better than a iTunes machine, I am amazed how well a 8 year oled laptop runs with 10.5 but it does feels a tad slow on some things, I want to expierence the ultimate PPC mobile expierence, but I figured a 1.67 wasnt much different than a 1.25, was I wrong? Would a 1.67 offer a better expierence? Seems like a silly premise, I just am curious....

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.3), MacBook 2,1 2.0GHz, 4GB Ram, 250 HD
  • 1. Re: PowerBook G4 in 2012...
    BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)

    If you want to compare stats, go to the xbench site at http://db.xbench.com/ where you can look at benchmark runs for one 1.25Ghz Powerbook and a zillion 1.67Ghz machines (odd that there is only one 1.25Ghz system with a complete test versus so many 1.67Ghz systems).


    I have several 1.67Ghz PowerBooks, and have not owned a 1.25Ghz model, however, given that the PowerPC has been left behind in today's Intel-based world, I'd say every bit of PowerPC Ghz you can utilize would be worthwhile for the best PowerBook experience. Of course it depends on what applications you're using and whether web access is on the task list.  

  • 2. Re: PowerBook G4 in 2012...
    Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (30,435 points)

    As for comparison, here's how the MacTracker database rates the PowerBook 15's starting with a 1G model:


    Screen shot 2012-04-23 at 8.50.34 AM.png

    For giggles, here's what the same test shows for the very first MacBook Pros in 2006:


    Screen shot 2012-04-23 at 8.57.29 AM.png

    I still like my old PowerBook, though!

  • 3. Re: PowerBook G4 in 2012...
    Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (45,805 points)

    I want to find some old games but with out classic I feel limited, I would go with Tiger in a heartbeat to get classic


    Most OS 9 games don't work well in classic mode. The game software is designed to control the Mac running OS 9, but with the Mac booted into OS X, the game software can't control the Mac.


     Cheers, Tom

  • 4. Re: PowerBook G4 in 2012...
    Dr. Daniel Jackson Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Thanks for the help guys, I am dual booting 10.4 and 10.5, I am using TenFourFox and found my old copy of CS2 in my garage and I am pretty stoked to have a piece of Apple history....