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    Default PowerBook G4 A1085 - SSD and memory.

    Dear All,

    I have bought a used PowerBook as for the subject and I would like to "pimp it a bit".
    I was thinking about using a PATA SSD (I have found a brand named KingSpec that still produced PATA SSD up to 128 Gb, that would be more than enough) but I have not found anything about the possibility of doing this.
    I know Apple PCs are... quinte closed and I would not like to spend the money without having the possibility to reach the desired result.

    I read also in the everymac site that it also would be possible to install more than 2 Gb... I think it is easy to put 2x2 Gb but I do not think it's enough. Otherwise the specs would be for 4 Gb!
    I have searched over the internet but I have not found a guide. Some info about this possibility?
    Do PowerBooks use STANDARD SODIMM?

    Thank you a lot

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    The A1085 has 2 DDR 333 SODIMM slots so 2GB is max RAM. There are no 2GB DDR1 SODIMM as far as I know.

    The last generation G4 15" and 17" Laptops switched to DDR2 but could only use 1GB SODIMMs for 2GB max RAM.

    OWC sells mac G4 compatible IDE SSD drives, smallest is 60GB and $99

    https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/SSDMLP060/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown_K View Post
    OWC sells mac G4 compatible IDE SSD drives, smallest is 60GB and $99
    https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/SSDMLP060/
    Damn. That's a lot for 60GB of storage. SSD or not.

    Is there not some other solution? Like IDE to MSATA? I've thought about putting an SSD in my 1.5GHz PowerBook G4 before, so I am quite curious about this myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by compaqportableplus View Post
    Damn. That's a lot for 60GB of storage. SSD or not.
    Remember, this is an Apple product, you're paying apple tax on top of the normal MSRP.

    Quote Originally Posted by compaqportableplus View Post
    Is there not some other solution? Like IDE to MSATA? I've thought about putting an SSD in my 1.5GHz PowerBook G4 before, so I am quite curious about this myself.
    There are IDE to Compact Flash adapters, question is if they work on Macs or not. CF cards are not as fast as SSDs, but you'll saturate the IDE interface long before you reach the maximum speed of a good CF card.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0036DDXUM

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NUB2RPW/?th=1

    With a 64 GB CF + the adapter, you're around $60 + tax.

    There are also SD card to IDE adapters, or if you want a trifecta, a SD card to CF card to use in your CF to IDE adapter. SD cards are generally less expensive per GB than CF cards, but are also slower.

    I've bought CF to IDE adapters and when you don't accidentally blow them up from the wrong polarity (mine has zero markings on it) they usually work fine.

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    Wow, I didn't know that high-capacity CF cards were still that expensive.

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