View Full Version : iBook from Apple... any good??
05-24-2002, 11:56 AM
i'm just curious what yall have to say about the iBook...
05-24-2002, 11:57 AM
btw, sorry if this is a repost... i haven't been registered long enuff to know...
05-24-2002, 12:45 PM
its cute :P
05-24-2002, 12:56 PM
yeah, all i can say about it is that it looks cool. why an apple? why not a dell?
05-24-2002, 01:52 PM
well, i was just curious because of this apparent apple craze as of late. everybody's talking about how user-friendly it is, how "beautiful" osx is, etc. i mean, no doubt it's very compact and designed well, but i wonder how it really performs.
and as far as i can tell, it has no floppy drive, which i personally think sucks.
just wanted a more informed opinion on the matter, that's all.
05-24-2002, 03:32 PM
Yes it is great! I got a 600 model a few months back and its stable and reliable. The screen is excellent and the only thing is that definitely get as much ram as possible for it if you plan on running os x. If you have any specific questions feel free to ask me.
05-24-2002, 05:02 PM
i haven't used a floppy since the 8th grade picnic...
as for the iBook...bangin man, great laptop. i'm hoping to have one soon...actually i'm hoping to have alot of things soon...hmmm
05-24-2002, 05:21 PM
i love the ibook. trying to get my dad to get one. he wants a laptop the same size, weight and feel of an ibook in a pc laptop :shrug:
05-24-2002, 05:49 PM
"why not dell?"
because Dell sux and charges too much...Toshiba is better plus Apple has a better OS and looks cooler.
The iBook is great...I have 2 of them. What's even better is the TiBook that is made out of Graphite and titanium and is less than 1" thick and has a super large 15" screen.
05-24-2002, 09:40 PM
05-25-2002, 06:02 PM
anybody know anything as far as compatibility with pc's?
05-25-2002, 08:13 PM
there is a program called Virtual PC that runs about $100 at retail that can run Windows 95/98Se/ME/2000/Xp/ and there is Linux for mac...you can in theory install beOs, Win 98Se/Xp dual boot and linux as well as macOS X on the same system :-)
05-25-2002, 08:49 PM
Originally posted by Freelance Superhero
anybody know anything as far as compatibility with pc's? my limited experience with macs have taught me that macs are much more pc friendly than pc's are with macs
All of the major file formats are common on macs and pc. (pdf, mp3, avi, mov, doc, txt, xls, html, jpg, gif, etc, etc) Macs can read PC formatted disks. If you want to network them, you can set up an FTP server on either mac or pc and the other one will be able to read it.
05-26-2002, 06:22 PM
Or. . . http://www.thursby.com/products/dave.html get that, works beautifully. I can share on my ibook with my pc like it was a pc on the network.
05-26-2002, 07:31 PM
sweet... very nice... yall are so informative and helpful. scooby snacks for everyone...
05-29-2002, 12:46 AM
If you got a few extra bux, why not go Titanium (http://www.gotapex.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=41395&highlight=powerbook)? The low end Titaniums are like $2200 now.
05-29-2002, 01:23 AM
Well I went through that same problem, but ended up deciding the ibook was better for what I needed for now. . . One main reason is that the ibook is smaller and more portable. Also it is more durable of a design than the ti book and finally. . . If I had gone the Ti route, I probably would of ended $4k poorer 'cause if I got one, I'd want one maxed out. But I think the main reason is I wanted to get back into the mac scene and make sure I liked os x without spending a lot of cash (got a 600 w/ airport and 640 ram for all under 1300). Now that I know I love this thing and os x, Apple just needs to make a powerbook with a G5 and a superdrive hehe portable dvd burning, anyhow in two years hopefully they'll have it.
05-29-2002, 02:10 AM
Originally posted by Freelance Superhero
i mean, no doubt it's very compact and designed well
that's a good one. made me laugh for a while...
05-29-2002, 06:27 AM
Any of you guys know the best way to setup a mac an PC to share a cable connection, via a wireless router? Anything special I should know? Brand, anything?
05-29-2002, 08:22 AM
The airport works directly with any wireless router without a hitch and hooking it up directly to an ethyernet jack is just as easy. If you use encryption for the wireless all you need to do is add a "$" before the password. There is nothing different that needs to be done really. Only thing is networking to share files, use Dave (link above in an older post I put).
05-29-2002, 12:55 PM
I am an ex-apple employee. I was laid off due to the relocation of my job from my university to an intercity school. It sucks, but I dont have any grudges against the company. They have been cool with it and decided to pay me when they need my services.
anyways, back to the thread:
The ibook is great. I just gave mine up and bought a CRT iMac (got it for half off at Microcenters grand opening). OS X is slow as of right now when compared to 9.x, but 10.2 is much much faster. It will be released later this summer. It has made the system that its running on (350 MHz G3) seem like a speed demon.
If you're looking to get a laptop, go iBook or powerBook. I dont say that because I am an apple fan now, but I say it for the main reasons you buy a laptop for:
portability size of a notebook, doesnt take up too much room
weight 5lbs with battery and drives installed. much lighter than a dell
battery life i've played DVD's on it unplugged and have had 1/2 battery remaining
durability magnesium inner frame means tough yet light
If you're worried about floppies, dont be. The floppy is dead. There is no need for them on a mac. All full install OS CD's are bootable. You can transfer files using ftp, email, http, nfs, appletalk, and more. You can buy a floppy drive, but youwill rarely use it. I have one that collects dust. I used it when i needed mavica files. if you have any questions, feel free to PM me.
05-30-2002, 05:35 PM
thanks man, that pretty much summed up what i wanted to know...
05-30-2002, 05:48 PM
Here's another reason for going apple for a laptop, STABILITY. The thing is bullet-proof. Its incredible I haven't had any problem with it yet. I had a dell insprion 7000 before and it was a very nice unit but had it's hick-ups here and there. My sister has a inspiron 3800 which is also very nice, but just has its few problems also. I also have a friend who has a sony vaio (forgot which one) and is plagued with problems, but I think it's his fault and not the computer, hehe. Only one err maybe two complaints. The screen is amazingly sharp and crisp, but it is slightly dimmer than other laptops, not bad, but it wouldn't hurt if apple put in a brighter back light. And secondly, I guess its a fairly common problem so I'll mention it, the hinge on the ibook squeaks a little after a while down. Mine didn't make any noise until after a few weeks. It would kinda creeeeek open but only when opening slowly. However, it magically fixed itself or something 'cause it doesn't squeak anymore. But other than those two things, the thing runs magnificently.
05-30-2002, 06:10 PM
Originally posted by spigidygak
[And secondly, I guess its a fairly common problem so I'll mention it, the hinge on the ibook squeaks a little after a while down. Mine didn't make any noise until after a few weeks. It would kinda creeeeek open but only when opening slowly. However, it magically fixed itself or something 'cause it doesn't squeak anymore. But other than those two things, the thing runs magnificently. [/B]
If you call apple tech support, they will supposedly replace the hing free of charge. The drawback is you have to send it in. The hinge squeaks due to the heat vent being right next to it. The metal expands and contracts, and squeaks based on the temp. If you spray some WD-40 in there (cover everythjing up so you dont hurt anything) the squeak will stop. The newer iBook sdont tend to have this problem as much due to the hinges reengineering (not as tight tolerances)
05-30-2002, 07:19 PM
Can I take it in to an apple store to have it repaired or will they require to send it to apple also? It does happen once in a while still but not often, so not worth my time to have to send it, but if the store can do it. . .
05-30-2002, 07:58 PM
if you're near one, its worth a try. Maybe call ahead of time. I dont know if they can do it instore o if they will send it out.
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