Well, now that there's both Diablo and Starcraft for X, and now that EV Nova is out, my son decided he was ready to upgrade. We did it tonight. All the way from 10.1 to 10.1.3 in about an hour (thanks to DSL ). It looks really good on an iBook screen, and even though he has one of the clamshell iBooks, a 466 MHz indigo beauty, X is not slow at all. I got an extra licence for MS Office knowing he'd get to X sometime or other, so we'll install that tomorrow. And then he's all set. Boy is he happy!<br><br>Now if he could only convince his mom that he realllllly needs a cell phone, he'd be in teenage heaven .<br><br>And that's true too.--Shakespeare, King Lear
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ive got a 366 ibook running 10.1.3 that the wife and i use for web surfing around the house and some college notetaking and paperwriting with officeX. it really works alot better than i thought it would. obviously, its probably not ready for any prime time serious photoshopping or anything, but it certainly suits our purposes. we have the ram maxed out to 320 which i think helps aLOT in X.<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Now if he could only convince his mom that he realllllly needs a cell phone<p><hr></blockquote><p>And a Beamer, and a big ol' plazma screen TV, and his own beach house, and... Oy. Been there, done that. <br><br>I think it's time I get my kiddo's iMac up to X, too. She's ready for it. My wife, on the other hand, needs a stiff drink and an hour with her shrink just deal with a virus def update. <br><br>
#3609 - 04/20/0202:22 PMRe: Son's iBook now on X
For anything more than basic tasks, its been my experience that the iBook (G3/500) really can't it with X. This is more apparent when one reverts back to 9 and sees how much faster the system is there (not to mention getting about twice the battery life). Simple tasks like loading a 5 megapixel photo on the iBook under X take many many seconds, versus just one or two under 9. <br><br>Likewise, once you have Office, a browser, and other applications running concurrently, the system takes a significant performance hit.<br><br>Still, it's a solid little system for common tasks and I like the fact that it can be tossed around more gingerly than a PowerBook G4. <br><br>
This has not been my experience. I can run several browsers, Office X, Photoshop in Classic, Mail, ICQ, AIM, and a few other apps and I don't notice any slowdowns. PS 7.0 getting installed on Tuesday......yay! But then I have a friend with a TiBook 550 where it takes 11 bounces to open the Terminal, yet on mine it opens in 4. Go figure.<br><br>
I suppose it's all relative -- I primarily use a G4/867, so when I'm forced to relegate myself to the G3/500 iBook, I find its quite the experiment in preventing my hands from tearing out my hair. :)<br><br>The battery life is what really gets me on the iBook: it's often less than 2 1/2 hours under OS X, versus 4+ under OS 9. I was unable to watch a 110 minute mpeg (from the drive) on the iBook under OS X with a full charge, yet OS 9 had no problems (and even had almost half the battery left when I was done). Oddities... the PB G4/550 gets a solid 3 1/2 hours or so in Mac OS X, despite the more power-hungry processor and larger display.<br><br>
Yes, it is all relative to what you are used to I am sure. I don't have a fast desktop G4 to compare it to. But, yes the battery life in X is a lot less, I will grant you that. I can only imagine how OS X is going to be for me once I get a newer laptop or newer desktop with a G4. Then this will surely feel really slow.<br><br>
same for me...i use my dual 800 much of the time; however, i have a titanium 550 with airport for roaming and i take it to work. i see an obvious difference in everything, even finder related tasks. then again, os 9 absolutely smokes on the laptop (i haven't used it on the dual 800). by smokes, i mean that it head-and-shoulders above os x and i don't think os x is slow...at least not on my machines -- os 9 is just that fast.<br><br>my battery on the ti-book is not as good as i had hoped. i regularly get about 3 1/2 hours or so as long as i am not doing something processor intensive. that gets me from here to chicago (we make that drive often) but just barely. good to hear your machine gets the same...i thought something was wrong...6 hour battery my tailbone.<br><br>[color:blue] -sean</font color=blue>
Yeah, I have to concur. My iBook is quite functional with OS X. Not as fast as my G4 desktop, certainly, but very capable. I use it very similarly to you, Mike, and great joy. My favorite all-time Mac, actually, out of about 8 I've owned down the years.<br><br>I think 10.1.4 helps matters, so upgrading to the latest is a good idea, IMHO.<br><br>
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