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    Should i go for this?

    Hi, I'm considering buying a 1.33ghz apple powerbook g4 (12") with a combo drive and 256 ram. The screen is broken, but part of it still works, so the only busted part is the lcd. I was considering making it a car pc. I can get it for $59. is that worth it?

    Is it possible to have it default to the vga output when i boot it if i get the dongle?

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    I'll buy it....do they have any more??????

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    Unfortunately its the only one, its at the store i work at, andwe usualy dont work on macs, but some guy wanted to part with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OmegaAvenger
    Is it possible to have it default to the vga output when i boot it if i get the dongle?
    Is it worth it. Well $59 isn't much of a risk even if it turns out there are other issues. You will need to upgrade the RAM though, 256 is not near enough (by 3/4).
    If you keep the lid shut and have an external keyboard and mouse, then yes it should. Alternatively, you can set up OSX so the monitors are in Mirror mode (so you see the same thing on both). This would allow you to have the PB open, which is probably a good idea for heat related reasons (not to mention getting to the power button ).

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    or why not just move the mobo to another case or just remove the lcd then you dont have to wory about heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamgnat
    Is it worth it. Well $59 isn't much of a risk even if it turns out there are other issues. You will need to upgrade the RAM though, 256 is not near enough (by 3/4).
    If you keep the lid shut and have an external keyboard and mouse, then yes it should. Alternatively, you can set up OSX so the monitors are in Mirror mode (so you see the same thing on both). This would allow you to have the PB open, which is probably a good idea for heat related reasons (not to mention getting to the power button ).

    -dave
    Alright cool,well i'll be taking it home with me over the weekend. I'll let you guys know how it goes

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    well if you buy it, ILL BUY IT OFF YOU FOR $150

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdag
    well if you buy it, ILL BUY IT OFF YOU FOR $150
    Oh? you do know its gonna cost at least $250 for a screen right? the lcd is broken .

    Seeing that its ovbiously worth alot, im definately gonna get it. Would this be good to put under a seat? or where is the best place to mouse a 12" powerbook? I drive a 98 mustang.

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    Buy it. Fix it. And then sell it for 800. I just bought a G4 Powerbook 800mhz for 500 off ebay. It would def go for more than that. Take the money and then buy a brand new mini and touchscreen... pay for your car pc.

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    powerbooks make the best in car PCs

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