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PowerBook G4 Problems

The PowerBook G4 is a series of notebook computers released by Apple, Inc. between 2001 and 2006 as part of its PowerBook line. The PowerBook G4 was known for its modern design, long battery life and superior processing power. However there were many quality and display issues in the earlier models reported by owners of these models. Often with electronics such as the PowerBook G4, resetting to factory settings or replacing the power supply was common issues. When such issues arise, owners may not always know where to look for answers. Read below where Experts have answered questions relating to the PowerBook G4 problems.

What is the method to connect to a D-link wireless router on a PowerBook G4 version 10.3.9 with a built in AirPort card?

On a PowerBook G4 version 10.3.9, first click on the Apple menu, then go into System Preferences and click on Network. After this is done, click on the Location list and select the option as New Location. Finally in the name tab, type in ‘test’, select ‘OK’ and click on the option ‘Apply Now’. The network should get connected.

How to set up a Logitech webcam on a Mac PowerBook G4 running OS X 10.5.8?

A Mac PowerBook G4 running OS X 10.5.8 supports a Logitech Webcam without the need for an installation CD. A reboot of the system may be required after installation.

What version of Skype is compatible with this system?

Not all versions of Skype work with the PowerBook G4. The version of Skype that is compatible with the Mac PowerBook G4 running OS X 10.5.8 is v2.8. This version of Skype can be downloaded from: and is the last version that will support the PowerBook G4’s hardware.

How to reset a PowerBook G4 running OS X 10.4.2 without a CD to factory settings?

A PowerBook G4 running OS X 10.4.2 cannot be reset to factory settings without a CD. Place an order with Apple for a replacement CD 1-800-APL-CARE or a person could check on third party selling sites like Ebay. Usually third party sites will charge more money to send the disc. But Apple would require the serial number of the computer for verification.

Where can the Microsoft Office 2008 software be purchased to install on a Mac PowerBook G4 running OS X 10.5.8?

Microsoft currently sells the Office 2011 version. Third party sellers most generally will have Office 2008 software and quite possibly other versions to fit various needs. However once the software is installed, regardless of the version of Microsoft Office, the SP1 update must be ran.

Is it possible to upgrade the architecture on the PowerBook G4 2004 version?

There are a number of applications that run on a PowerBook G4. The newer applications are designed for the latest version of OS X running on Intel processors and may not support the older Power PC architecture. It is recommended to purchase the newer Mac computers over upgrading an older one. In some cases, an upgrade may not be possible.

The PowerBook G4 was the last generation of the PowerBook series hailed for its modern design, superior processing and long battery life. Although Apple introduced a trendsetter with the PowerBook G4, design and quality issues can impede owners from using its full potential. When questions arise turning to an Expert for help may prove to be useful.
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