3585 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 7, 2010 6:53 PM by BGreg
IMO, these machines are no longer worth sinking much, if any, money into. The processing power is just too outmoded at this time, and getting worse. I still use mine for some simple email and websurfing, but online videos are impossible, and the OS and security support for PPC is disappearing from Apple and other software vendors. I have moved on to Intel Macs.
At best, I'd increase RAM if the cost was low.
I would always recommend Crucial:
Select your model of PowerBook and let the site do the rest. They guarantee the RAM to be compatible and when I've bought it over the years it has always been fine ( Samsung in the case of my PowerBook - exactly the same as the original spec.) A 1Gig stick is currently around £45 - I think Apple used to charge around £150 back when.....
You may want to consider OnyX, which I believe has more utility function. It's what I use, and others I've recommended it to have been pleased with it. You can get it from http://www.titanium.free.fr/download.php?sid=4e2b577e8fe857487704347d4485d9d7
You may want to read this FAQ about OS X performance, it may give you some ideas: http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/performance.html
In all the ideas, more memory will likely help (you can verify that by comparing the page ins and outs on the system memory tab on the Activity Monitor. If outs are 10%-15% or more than ins, you can use more memory). Make sure you have enough free disk space, as that can really cramp your performance otherwise.
And recognize that our Powerbooks are getting farther and farther back on the power curve, and, for example, watching streaming video's without stutters and the like is almost impossible. It's a shame, because the Powerbook is a great computer. But that's technology advancing too ....