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How would I upgrade this machine-It's been asleep for 17 years_

I stopped using my G4 ibook in 2008 because I guess the processor (Power) was not supporting new software-is it possible to upgrade it so I can use it again?

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This might be possible. you might as well first want to check if the batterie's working. If not replace it.

If this device is still working you can go to a technology store and have it upgraded.

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Unless you’re looking for a retro games Mac or want to keep it as a collectible, the PPC Macs are not really that usable today for mainstream tasks. I would only fix this if you’re looking for a Mac for retro games, or just want to save it as a collectible.

The primary issue beyond OS support is the battery - like everyone else, Apple was bit by the 2006-2008/09 Sony battery recalls :(. Sadly, Apple has since pulled the info on how to check (granted, Dell also made it harder to find despite also being hit hard. I guess Apple and Dell logic is the people who still run these only want them for retro games, so they know to tread with caution on original packs), so I would either see what you can find, or replace the battery out of caution unless you know it’s not affected. I was able to find it on archive.is, but consider this a very lucky find; not all of it was properly archived.

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Thank you! I never thought of using it for games for the grandkids!

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I like the idea of keeping it out of a landfill for awhile longer

This will still run as long as the hardware is good, however the latest operating system this guy can use is only OS X 10.5.8. If you maxed out the specs and got it updated all the way you’d still have trouble getting an internet browser to support it. Maybe TenFourFox will still work. Honestly I wouldn’t recommend paying someone to do it, but if its for fun and you don’t mind doing it as a project this can be salvaged.

Let me know if you do get him running I like pokey projects like this

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Thank you for your answer! It has actually only been only13 years but it was my first computer & it has sentimental value! Plus it was expensive! i guess what I was wondering is if the processor could be upgraded but I'll look into it further

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Of course happy to help!

Sadly the processor can't be replaced. But it can run new programs made to support it (can be tricky to find).

Oh I looked into TenFourFox out of curiosity. They still update it and it works! So you could browse the internet if you used that instead of safari/chrome/firefox

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