How do I turn my PowerBook G4 12" into a "Netbook"?
I have a PowerBook G4 12" 1.33 GHz - 786MBs RAM - Currently running (though not very well!!!) Leopard 10.5.8. Here's what I want to do:
• Sync iPhone 4*
• Surf the Web
• Watch movies/video (Disks and Files (VLC/YouTube))
• Word Processing
Here's the deal - I have had this laptop since it came out in 2004-2005. It has worked like a champ until VERY recently. Now, the MAIN issue is that the fan starts up when the processor is being utilized (..., right?), sounds like the computer is about to take off into the stratosphere, then it will puts itself to sleep.
I have 2 other Macs, but this one is just so compact and portable. I don't need to run CS5 on it or anything, and would really just like a total computer reconfiguration that makes the PB G4 just work like a normal laptop ("normal" meaning = I can surf, watch, sync, and type). I am almost certain that I am going to need to either replace or reseat the heat sync, and do some other things internally to the computer (that's fine - I've taken it apart and put it back together successfully already)...
Here's the end-all-be-all: I know it's an old computer. Nonetheless, if there is ANYONE out there who is well-versed in slimming down Mac OS X Leopard, and maybe some Open Firmware or Terminal commands that will aid the process (I'll even get in to the System Files and Library - I'm not scared), that'd be great! Obviously this is not my "Go-To" computer... But it still works well, and all I want is for it to behave like a regular laptop. I want to be able to take it with me here and there and just jump on the Web... Or sync my iPhone... Blah, Blah... I think you get picture.
ANY AND ALL HELP WILL BE SO GREATLY APPRECIATED THAT YOU MAY GET PAID! That's how serious I am about this. I LOVE the body and profile of the PB G4 12". I am not asking this thing to be an i7... Just want it to perform without too much trouble! Thanks in advance!!!
P.S. If there is any molecule of info that I neglected to inform upon, please let me know! I'll get you the info. I know where to look for all of that.
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Thank you all so much for the advice. I'll try the board change. And I heard that Leopard was a "lighter" OS than Tiger. It baffled me at the time, but I did my research. The RAM is soon to be maxed at 1.25 GB. Would installing a priceable SSD be worth it? Let me know
- de Yes i ediT
Leopard is a FAR more bloated and resource-intensive OS that Tiger. For example, Tiger will run fine with as little as 192MB (and will run, although badly, with 128MB), whereas Leopard requires 512MB just to install, and need more RAM that that to run optimally. Tiger does have some limitations (browser selection, no Time Machine, etc.), but it's still capable of most functions. I didn't think there was a such thing as an IDE (non-SATA) SSD drive, but I looked them up and low and behold they do exist, so I can't think of any reason that wouldn't be a great upgrade, if you're willing to invest $150 or so in one.
- de rdklinc