line of Apple Macintosh laptop computers manufactured from 1991 to 2006. used PowerPC processors.

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Installing new OS on Powerbook G4 without USB key or CD

I recently got a PowerBook G4 17" with a 1.67 GHz PowerPC CPU, 2GB of RAM, 100 GB of hard drive and running under OS X 10.5.8. These computers are actually getting more and more obsolete, and this ...
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PowerBook 1400cs/166 won't power on

I recently came into possession of an Apple PowerBook 1400cs/166. When I got it today, it was working, but I had to take it apart in order to repair some case damage. After putting it back together, I ...
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PowerBook G4 boots into blue screen with cursor

I have an 1.5GHz PowerBook G4 running OS X 10.5.8. I can only boot to the safe mode. I cannot get a normal boot. It stops at a blue screen with a cursor. How can I fix this?
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Complete Apple Powerbook G4 format without disk

I have gone through many sites to look for the exact answer. However I failed. What I want: To completely format my Powerbook G4 to factory or brand new without any DVD/CD or Disk/Disc I am not ...
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Remote Installing OS X 10.5 on a PowerBook G4

I recently acquired a PowerBook G4 (always loved the PPC architecture over Intel when it comes to Apple), currently it has OS X 10.4 installed. Unfortunately I can't find the original 10.5 install ...
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Where had my disk space gone? ie. Used+Free <<< Capacity - Solved (sort-of)

I have a PowerBook G4. OS-X 10.5. Recently is was running very slow and I found it only had about 3 GB free. I set to and free'd up 26 GB on the 93 GB drive. Finder, however reports about 15 GB ...
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Looking for correct drive for my PowerBook 400 MHz Pismo

This is the drive I have in my Pismo 400 MHz Mac Powerbook: IBM Travelstar 20 GB - 66.6 MBps - 4200 rpm. I would like to upgrade to a larger drive as I'd like to partition it, one partition for ...
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Is it possible to upgrade a Mac Powerbook G4 laptop's hard drive to SSD?

I was not sure if the Powerbook laptops accepted SATA drives, am I able to use a SATA SSD on the Mac Powerbook G4?
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Graphics trouble with Debian Squeeze on PowerBook G3 (bronze)

I've been using a good old powerbook (g3, bronze keyboard) with Debian Linux for years now. Woody (3.1) was still hard to install because of keyboard issues. Etch (4.0) and Lenny (5.0) were very easy ...
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General video performance affected on Mac OSX 10.5 (PowerBook G4)

I'm quite new to Mac and I just got a PowerBook G4 for free. I installed OSX 10.5 on it and for the first two weeks, everything was going kinda smooth even if this is similar to a P3. I'm not ...
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two powerbooks cannot access one wifi point at the same time

This is for a friend of mine. She says Please tell me why we have such destabilized connections when we log both Powerbooks on at once. When one laptop's logged in, and the other opens ...
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Does converting an Aluminum Apple G4 Powerbook to linux make sense? [closed]

I have an Aluminum G4 Powerbook model A1138 with a dead hard drive. I've got a replacement drive, but no install DVD for Mac OS. A new Mac OS 10.5 install DVD costs $150 retail. From the system ...
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Want to turn old Powerbook Mac into small form factor desktop [closed]

I've got an old powerbook g4. Battery is totally dead, as is the superdrive. I've looked into selling but it's worth less than it would cost to ship it safely. So I'm considering cracking it open and ...
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Boosting signal to a PowerBook G4 wireless card?

Is there any way to boost the signal to an old PowerBook G4's wireless card? It's been getting steadily weaker and weaker. It can still pick up wireless sometimes, but most of the time it can barely ...
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Mac Mail sent messages not in sent folder

My PowerBook G4 has been lobbying for a furlough recently, and its latest prank is to not show sent messages in my sent mailbox. I have always had a copy of every sent message, and now, for some ...
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Powerbook Sleep Light?

I have a 17 inch Powerbook G4 with Mac OS 10.5.8 and I always keep it on sleep when I'm not using it. However, the little light on the front of the Powerbook that pulsates while in sleep mode ...
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Mac 17" Powerbook G4 won't start up after being opened up

A friend's taken the keyboard off his 17" Mac G4 Powerbook, screwed it back on and now nothing happens when presses the power button. I don't have 'eyes-on' but he says he didn't do anything else ...
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What is the latest OS X version that will run on a Powerbook G4?

I have a Powerbook G4 that someone gave me with a blank hard drive. I'd like to install OS X on it, but the only version listed on apple.com is Snow Leopard, which only supports Intel processors. ...