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Apple's line of iBook laptops was intended for the consumer and educational markets. The iBook line comprises of the iBook G3 Clamshell, G3 12", G3 14", G4 12", and G4 14".

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Speed on IBook G3

Currently I was given a G3 with

Machine speed 600MHz

Bus Speed 100MHz

with 128 MB

What are my options to speed this up, it is so slow my ADD kicks in 20 times before it moves?

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You should be able to increase your memory to 640mb. There's 128mb built into the motherboard, and you can add a 512mb memory chip. Added memory gives your programs more breathing space and should speed everything up a bit. And it's an easy operation: iBook G3 12" RAM Replacement

The other thing to consider would be upgrading the hard drive. The stock drive is probably 4200 rpm; a 7200 rpm drive would be much faster. That's a much more difficult operation: iBook G3 12" Hard Drive Replacement

It's worth noting that while these upgrades will pep up the machine, it might never feel really snappy. I have an iBook G4 on which I maxed out the memory, and it still feels pretty draggy compared to newer computers. But it makes for a decent backup machine and is just fine for certain kinds of tasks.

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What is the cost and how soon can I get it?


That's a question for whichever vendor you choose to go with. You could buy from iFixit -- clicking on the "Parts" link under the picture of the ibook to the right will take you to their store.

Another good place to buy memory is -- here's the page with the memory for the G3 iBooks:


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