I'd like to get a little more mileage out of my Tangerine iBook running 10.1.5 so I'm contemplating the few upgrades available. I'm running MS Office, ProTools (but not always reliably!) for some down-and-dirty audio production, my AOL via dial-up and occasionally via ethernet, IE via ethernet at work, and Citrix on IE when I'm away from work with this laptop. I don't intend to part with this iBook, even if I replace it with something else, so I'm wondering what would be the best path to stay current.
1) I currently have a 256mb DIMM installed for a total of 320mb RAM. If I install a 512mb DIMM, will it recognize all 576mb of installed RAM (64mb on-board + 512mb in the DIMM slot)? Or is there a cap on the amount of RAM this will recognize/address?
2) Gotta get an Airport card. While I have hard-wired ethernet available at most places I take my laptop, wireless would be more simple where available. Can I take advantage of both "b" and "g" standards? What card do I need?
3) Gotta swap-out the internal drive before it rolls craps. I can/will back-up everything on an external USB drive soon. Is the interenal easily replaced? Recommendations for a replacement? Transferring data? I can see it...just not sure I'm ready to start removing everything under the keyboard. This should probably be a higher priority. I get along just fine with the installed RAM and hard-wired network connection, but a dead internal hard drive would be a disaster.