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How can I upgrade PowerPC PowerBook G4 to intel?

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NecroFabulous Calculating status...
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May 6, 2013 2:16 PM

My brother's old PowerBook G4 was recently passed down to me since he passed a couple weeks ago. I am in college now and thought it was a good idea to use it for school. I found alternate programs that don't need intel processors; however, some programs required for my classes need intel processors. I was wondering if I can upgrade my new PowerPC's hardware to upgrade to later software without losing important data and a way that doesn't cause problems. Is it even possible the change the hardware?


1.33 GHz PowerPC G4 processor

1.25 GB RAM


Thanks in advanced.

PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,335 points)

    No. The architecturally differences between PowerPC and Intel preclude any chances of you doing that.



  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)

    You can't upgrade the PowerPC-based computer to an Intel-based Mac because you have to replace the whole computer. Intel-based Macs are completely different than PowerPC-based computers: they use different processors (so you need another logic board), they use other firmware (EFI instead of Open Firmware), they have different chips (PRAM instead of NVRAM)... If you want an Intel Mac, you have to buy a Intel-based Mac

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,530 points)

    Glue a MacBook to the Powerbook's lid



  • romko23 Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)

    You don't as has been said numerous times!

  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,500 points)

    When you add up the cost of what it would take (if it were possible) to convert a G4 to Intel, you would probably be over the cost of buying a used Intel MacBook Air or Pro anyway.


    Apple is selling refurbished MacBook Airs for $849 right now. That means older Intel Mac laptops are selling for much, much less than that. And any of them would be way, way faster overall (CPU, graphics, ports, drive) than if you had converted a PowerPC to an Intel.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,530 points)

    Now that you have made it through the gauntlet, tell us what app you need to run that require Intel.  Maybe there are some other solutions for you.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,530 points)

    NecroFabulous wrote:


    ...some programs required for my classes need intel processors...


    MichaelLAX wrote:


    ...tell us what apps you need to run that require Intel.  Maybe there are some other solutions for you.



    NecroFabulous wrote:


    I'm currently using Safari as my web browser. Decided not to use TenFourFox, or old versions of Firefox and Chrome.

    I've been looking for a Frostwire download, but the latest one I was able to find was 4.18.1. It only stays at "starting connection" when my internet connection is perfectly fine. Any later update will ask for Java update 1.6, which apparently isn't compatible. Does Apple even allow those kind of programs?

    And as for document creating programs, I use OpenOffice. It's not an exact mirror of MS Office, but it gets the job done. Especially for a college student with a low budget.



    I am confused...


    You need Intel to run an internet browser and OpenOffice?

    Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.5), 2011 - 10.6.8 running in Parallels
  • romko23 Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)

    To the OP...


    Its apparent you need to run apps which require an Intel.. No reason to keep harping on it.. Just get an Intel Mac and you will be able to run all the apps your little heart desires.. While PPC is great for everyday use and I own a few myself, the writing is now on the wall.. even everyday apps are going Intel.


    I think this thread has been answered now..

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,530 points)
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    May 9, 2013 10:03 PM (in response to romko23)

    romko23 wrote:


    ...I think this thread has been answered now..

    The kid is in college and got a 'hand me down" computer from his other brother!


    Why don't you send him some Ukrainian Hryvnia Unknown.jpgand he can purchase a brand new MacBook; or


    ship him one from the Kiev Apple Store (I understand that the Lviv Apple Store has been temporarily shut down due to water damage from a broken pipe in the ceiling...)!


    Now this thread is REALLY over!

  • romko23 Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)
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    May 9, 2013 10:22 PM (in response to MlchaelLAX)

    500 Hryvnia isn't that much money.. Its like 100 US Dollars I think.. But, ok.. I might be able to help him out.. Also, how did u upload that?? I can never figure out how to upload images to the forums..

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,530 points)
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    May 10, 2013 1:24 AM (in response to romko23)

    Click on this image

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    Then click Choose File and find a png or jpeg file and select it


    Then Click Insert Image

  • curren Calculating status...

    So big brother removed my original post , so hopefully they will like this............powerpc is and core i are the best.....Better?

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