iBook dilemma

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As someone know I'm getting some issues with my ibook G4 800 due to the know logic board issue in these ibooks. Now I already have bought one iBook G4 1.2 logic board (for 240€ with all cables included) with the aim to repair it. But I'm frightened if my previous issue happen again and i thought to sell it (repaired) and buy one ibook G4 1.33, I think it will have less issues than ibook G4 1.2 because it's more modern. The other option is any PB....

What is the most stable apple laptop?

I'll agree any suggestion.....

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The most stable option would

The most stable option would probably be an Aluminum PowerBook, you should probably stay away from the Titanium PBs due to their oldness, slowness and on some, bad hinges. I personally want to stay away from the iBook because the PBs pwn them in many ways.
Of course, you could always wait until the second gen of MacBooks Pros and MacBooks...

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I'm reading in too many forum

I'm reading in too many forums very ibooks issues and I'm frightened, then, powerbooks are different? they have too less issues?

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15" aluminum PowerBook G4

The most stable laptop I've come across would be the 15" aluminum PowerBook. The middle generation models (1.33/1.5 ghz) seemed to be the best of the bunch with a minimum of video or logic board issues. Where I'm at, we have a 500 15" PBG4 aluminums depoyed among the 2000 iBok G4 12"s. On average, I see one aluminum g4 a month, and at that, it's due to the unit having been dropped.

Now, the reasons I can think of for why the aluminums seem to fare better than iBooks.
- all of the screws (internally) are going in the same direction thanks to a tub style construction (this has since become standard on macbooks and macbook pros) as opposed to the sandwich style construction of the iBooks
- due to the metal construction and the fact that you don't want to scratch or dent it, you are likely to be more careful with a PowerBook and not drop it (polycarb shells hide internal damage while an aluminum shell show evertything that has happened to it)
- the 15" has more interior room for cooling and a slightly more logical internal arrangement so an impact will be less likely to damage critical components (except for the lcd)
- due to the size of the 15" PowerBook G4, you are less likely to use it in dangerous situations, which will reduce the chances of issue.

If you go for an aluminum PowerBook, invest in a brenthaven case. Yes, they are expensive, yes they are heavy, but it's as sound an investment as you will ever make. When I had my aluminum PowerBook, it took a nasty spill inside my brenthaven shoulder bag with no damage to the PowerBook. (I slipped in water on a port authority bus and it slammed into the cash register at the front of a bus). Also, I've seen iBooks run over by cars in just the brenthave core sleeves with just a cracked lcd and no other damage.

With macbooks and macbook pros capturing users like mad, the april 2004 model PowerBook G4 15" are taking a serious beating in resale value and are proving to be a very good value on the used market. I traded mine in before the depreciation curve hit hard.

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iantm, and 12'' aluminium pow

iantm, and 12'' aluminium powerbooks is also stable?

I need it be portable... I like more 12 inch than 15inch....

What would you do in my case? Sell my ibook G4 1.2 repaired and buy any 12''pb, or still with my ibook?

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iantm, and 12'' aluminium pow

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12" PowerBook G4

The 12" PowerBook G4's are pretty stable as well. The biggest issue is that they run rather warm. Though, once you spend a day with a 15" aluminum PowerBook G4, you'll never want another 12".

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very thanks iantm :P you are

very thanks iantm Tongue you are a great person!!

(sorry for my english is not too good)

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I'd like to attach this link:

I'd like to attach this link:

http://www.macintouch.com/reliability/laptops.html

It was for me very usefull.

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