Apple POwerbook question??

  • Mikeylikesit

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    Mar 11, 2010 2:38 PM GMT
    Help!...I want to buy a new powerbook. I love my old one. it is like 5 years old and starting to go I think. Any suggestions on what to look for?. There are so many options...lol....I use it mostly for surfing and online courses.I will probably buy a used one again....they are too damn expensive...lol
    Any help is appreciated.
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    Mar 11, 2010 4:03 PM GMT
    People have said the base macbook line is getting new processors sometime in the near future.

    I just replaced an old powerbook. I went with a Dell. Sacrilegious I know, I went with 36 month anti-virus and labor warranty. Even with those protections the PC notebook offered more inside for just under $800.

    A new macbook with the 3 year warranty I had prior would push the price to $1200 unless you can get a student discount.
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    Mar 11, 2010 4:08 PM GMT
    I'd rather have the extra $$.

    To each his own I guess.
  • Mikeylikesit

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    Mar 11, 2010 4:20 PM GMT
    Focus folks!!....LOL,,,,,I need some info on Operating system, ram...ect....what to look foir in a used macbook??...icon_lol.gificon_biggrin.gif
    My powerbookG4 is like 5 years old.
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    Mar 11, 2010 4:36 PM GMT
    Try here: http://www.apple.com/getamac/whichmac/

    2.26GHz dual core processor is the only option for the Macbook range. Still more powerful than my old Powerbooks 1.5GHz processor.

    New macs use OS Snow Leopard. Leopard is a step behind if you buy a used Mac. If you have Tiger like my old Mac you can't upgrade the OS.
  • Mikeylikesit

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    Mar 11, 2010 4:41 PM GMT
    Ohhhh....Thanks you hottie.....icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 11, 2010 7:55 PM GMT
    ATC84 said
    New macs use OS Snow Leopard. Leopard is a step behind if you buy a used Mac. If you have Tiger like my old Mac you can't upgrade the OS.


    That's actually not true. There are three ways to upgrade from Tiger to Snow Leopard.

    The first and cheapest is to simply buy the $29 upgrade disc. The upgrade to Snow Leopard will work just fine. It is, however, a violation of the EULA from Apple. The $29 disc is intended to be used by people who currently have Leopard since Snow Leopard is rather more like an update rather than a true upgrade. But like I said, it's a violation of the license agreement, so you take your chances with that.

    The second option is to buy the Mac Box Set for $169. This is a stupid requirement from Apple IMO - you should be able to just buy a license for the software you need/want not be required to purchase a bundle of other software you may not need/want.

    The third option is to find a copy of Leopard 10.5x (likely on ebay) and install that, then go through option number one above, but without violation the EULA.

    As far as the OP is concerned, I would seriously look at the newer entry level MacBooks. They are right at about mid product cycle, so there's not going to be any updates soon, but by buying a new one, at least you know you're getting the latest and greatest when it comes to hardware and software.
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    Mar 11, 2010 8:09 PM GMT
    Buy a refurbished MacBook directly from the Apple website. Cheaper than a new one. And less sketchy than buying a used one from a stranger.
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    Mar 11, 2010 8:48 PM GMT
    ATC84 saidPeople have said the base macbook line is getting new processors sometime in the near future.

    I just replaced an old powerbook. I went with a Dell. Sacrilegious I know, I went with 36 month anti-virus and labor warranty. Even with those protections the PC notebook offered more inside for just under $800.

    A new macbook with the 3 year warranty I had prior would push the price to $1200 unless you can get a student discount.



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    Why pay for a anti-virus and a warranty when you don't need it with a Mac. I have never had a problem with my Powerbook. If I did I just took it too the Genuis bar and they fixed right on the spot no charge.
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    Mar 11, 2010 9:05 PM GMT
    You can get a MacBook at the apple store site for $899 with your student discount. I just bought one at Best Buy, they had a sale on them 2 weeks ago for $777 and they installed some of the software that I needed for me too at no additional cost. I was back in there today and the guy said that they are going to be going on sale again in another couple of weeks and he also said that they give the student discount of $100 like they do if you buy one at the Apple Store or online. You just have to ask for the discount and I do not know if they will give it on the sale price or not. I never thought to ask, maybe I could have gotten it at $677 instead.