[rescue] Should I buy a 12" G4 iBook?

Nadine Miller velociraptor at gmail.com
Mon Dec 10 18:23:35 CST 2007

bill at bdoserr.com wrote:
>    >And are OK with 1,280 Megs RAM (should be fine for most applications,
>    but it is a limitation with older G4 laptops >(like my 15" 500 MHz Ti
>    PowerBook - 1 Gig max)...
>    >Lionel
>    I have a 12" 800Mhz.  How does one get it to 1,280?  Mine has 128
>    built in, and a 512 so-DIMM.  I recall learning that 512 was the
>    biggest it would take, or at least the biggest amount documented.
>    Does 1 GB work? That would give 1,152.
>    I'd love to increase the RAM in mine.  It's still a very useful
>    machine.

Stated memory limits are not always true.  Usually they are dependent on 
tested configurations for memory sizes available at the time of 

Check some of the hardware forums to be certain, but generally, larger 
sticks of RAM will work.  As an example, I had 2x512MB SODIMMs in my 
Pismo, which was only stated to accept 2x256MB SODIMMs.  Given that OS X 
is based on BSD, it's likely that the iBooks will accept 2GB SODIMMs 
unless they are too thick due to chip stacking or too tall.

Worst case, buy from a local retailer with a good return policy.


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