[iBook] Fantasy Mac Buying

Matt Hurst matthurstpr at googlemail.com
Thu Aug 23 03:05:32 PDT 2007

My two and a half year old iBook starting crashing on me a lot about a month
ago (kernal panics, freezing, go slows… you name it…) and my local Apple
Centre and got the IT equivalent of 'see if some aspirin help': 'Try a clean
reinstall. If that doesn't solve it, it's probably the logic board.'

I did, and it hasn't. It's a bit better, but still crashing, although not in
a BSOD way, which means it's probably the logic board, so that's £400 to
sort out, apparently.

So my next quandary is whether to replace, and if so, with what.

Should I choose:

(a) £400 to mend an ageing laptop;

(b) £400 for a secondhand Powerbook from a respectable dealer;


(c) £800 for a gleaming new MacBook.

I can figure out the pros and cons of the MacBook, but any thoughts on the
pros and cons of getting a secondhand Powerbook vs new logic board?

I'll be using it a lot, for work (I'm freelance so I can't *not* have a
computer) but not making massive demands, on the whole – mostly WP, email,
and web. I do a bit of photoshopping, video editing (Powerbook's extra
outputs score well here), and DTP. I lug it around a lot so I don't want
anything massive.

So I thought I'd phone some friends. Go on, you know you love Fantasy Mac
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