iBook G4 Upgrades

iBook G4 From the Top

This page covers all the upgrades we sell for this range of Macs. Choose the type of upgrade you are looking for from the tabs below.

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History

Apple decided to ditch the G3 from its whole range in October 2003, as it introduced G4 power to the consumer portable range. An improved logic board supporting DDR RAM and Airport Extreme gave the machine an overall faster feel. The machines came with either Combo or SuperDrive optical drives.

As with all of Apple's consumer level ("i" series) machines, they are not very upgradeable. Only the RAM and the hard drive may be upgraded.

The G4 iBooks are OSX only, so cannot boot into OS9.

The first iBook G4 was released in October 2003, with an 800MHz 12" model, and 933MHz and 1GHz 14" versions. Apple specs here.

In June 2004 a speed bump moved the 12" model to 1GHz, dropped the 933MHz 14" and brought in a 1.2GHz 14" model. Apple specs here.

Another speed bump in October 2004 saw a 12" 1.2GHz and 12" and 14" 1.33GHz models. Apple specs here.

The last revision in June 2005 moved to PC2700 memory (with 512MB built-in as opposed to 256MB on the earlier models) and added Bluetooth as standard. This revision was sold in a 12" 1.33GHz and 14" 1.42GHz configurations. The 14" 1.42 also increased the front side bus from 133MHz to 142MHz. Apple specs here.

The iBook G4 was replaced in May 2006 by the Intel Core Duo powered MacBook.

How to Identify these Machines

The G4 iBook Dual USB came in a number of different processor speeds, and with two screen sizes: a 12.1" and a 14.1" version. The 12.1" models have keyboards which run all the way across the case. The 14.1 units have a small gap between the edges of the keyboard and the sides of the laptop.

The units are very similar to the G3 Dual USB iBooks, and can only really be distinguished by using the Apple System profiler. This can be found from the About this Mac option in OS X. The first page in Apple system profile will list the processor speed and type (G3 or G4).

The G4 iBook is also fairly similar to the white version of the MacBook, again the easiest way is to check System Profile for your CPU type - the MacBook uses an Intel Core Duo processor.

If you are still unsure you can contact us on 01223 833 412 or by email for confirmation. If you want to upgrade but aren't happy to install your upgrades then we can help. Simply ask our engineers for further details.

Memory Upgrades

The iBook G4 Dual USBs use DDR RAM, and have one RAM slot which can take up to a 1GB module, in addition to the RAM built into the machine.

You may need to check your iBooks bus speed to check which RAM modules are compatible. You can do this by going to the Apple menu > About this Mac, and then clicking the more info button. This opens System Profiler, on the Hardware Overview that comes up your bus speed will be reported in the right-hand panel.

INSTALL SERVICE - RAM in an Apple LaptopStock: Available£10.00 + vat (£12.00)

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Difficulty 3 / 5 - Reasonably easy.

Turn off the machine and remove the power cable and battery.

The RAM is housed below the keyboard. To remove the keyboard release the catches at the top of the keyboard (between ESC & F1 and F8 & F9). This reveals the internal parts.

Then remove the Airport Extreme card (if present), remove the 4 screws holding the grilled metal plate under the Airport card in place, remove this plate to access the memory socket.

Reassemble machine and the upgrade is done!

CD/DVD/Blu-ray Drive Upgrades

The iBook G4 Dual USB came equipped with either a Combo or a SuperDrive. This is via a slot loading mechanism on the right hand side of the laptop.

We sell both internal and external CD and DVD writers, and offer fitting on the internal units.

INSTALL SERVICE - Internal CD/DVD Drive in an iBookStock: Available£39.00 + vat (£46.80)
REFURB 8x Internal DVDRW for Al PowerBook, iBook G4, G4 Cube, iMac G5 or Intel, Mac Mini and MacBook ProStock: Available£49.00 + vat (£58.80)
OWC Slim 6x Portable Blu-Ray Burner, Bus-Powered - Blu Ray, DL DVD+/-RW, CD RW/RStock: Available£104.87 + vat (£125.84)1
1Blu-Ray is not fully supported in OSX. Disks can be mounted and read, but movie playback requires third party software.

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Difficulty 5/5 - Very Hard (internal)

The iBook G4 Dual USB's internal optical drive is very difficult to get to and is not classified by Apple as a user installed part. Mac Upgrades can install drives for you, please contact us for details.

You can purchase the drive for installation yourself, but Mac Upgrades cannot provide instructions or support for the install process.

Internal Hard Drive & SSD Upgrades

The iBook G4 Dual USB's will use any 9.5mm height 2.5" IDE hard drive, although user installation is advised against (see below).

If you don't want to fit a new hard drive yourself, you can take advantage of the MacUpgrades Installation Service. Add the installation service from the list below to your cart along with your chosen hard drive. We can also clone your existing hard drive onto the new one, simply add the Clone Original Hard Drive service below to your cart.

Once you have booked the service, send your machine to us, we will carry out the work and return it to you. Alternatively, we do offer a Collection Service with our courier, please see here for details.

Installation Services

INSTALL SERVICE - Internal Hard Drive in an iBookStock: Available£39.00 + vat (£46.80)
INSTALL SERVICE - Clone Original Internal DriveStock: Available£25.00 + vat (£30.00)
INSTALL SERVICE - Fit Customer Supplied PartStock: Available£17.50 + vat (£21.00)

Internal SSD Drives to Replace Main Hard Drive

OWC Mercury 60GB Legacy Pro 2.5" IDE SSD for PowerBook/iBookStock: Special Order£84.40 + vat (£101.28)
OWC Mercury 120GB Legacy Pro 2.5" IDE SSD for PowerBook/iBookStock: Special Order£109.20 + vat (£131.04)

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Difficulty 5 / 5 - Very Hard

The iBook G4 Dual USB's internal hard drive is very difficult to get to and is not classified by Apple as a user installed part. Mac Upgrades can install drives for you, please contact us for details.

You can purchase the drive for installation yourself, but Mac Upgrades cannot provide instructions or support for the install process.

Graphics Cards and Displays

The graphics card in your iBook G4 Dual USB is part of the main logic board. Unfortunately therefore it is not possible to change the graphics card. It may be worth expanding your memory to its maximum to try and compensate, but this will have at best a limited effect on your iBook's 3D capabilities.

There are no graphics card upgrades available for these Macs

Expansion Card Upgrades

Your iBook G4 Dual USB has no available PCMCIA sockets for connectivity expansion, therefore the only expansion card it can take is the Apple Airport Extreme Wireless networking card.

The last generation of iBook G4s (which had 512MB soldered onto the main board) do not use a standard Airport Extreme card, they use a combined AIrport Extreme and Bluetooth card which can be sourced from Apple - all of these Macs would have been sold with the board in place.

INSTALL SERVICE - Expansion Slot Card in a Laptop MacStock: Available£15.00 + vat (£18.00)
Apple Airport Extreme Card (refurb)Stock: Available£19.00 + vat (£22.80)1
1Not compatible with the last generation of iBook G4s (which have 512MB RAM fixed to the logic board).

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Difficulty 2 / 5 - Easy

Turn off the machine and remove the power cable and battery.

The hard drive and RAM are housed below the keyboard. To remove the keyboard release the catches at the top of the keyboard (between ESC & F1 and F8 & F9). This reveals the Airport Extreme card slot. Apple's guide can be found here.

Keyboards & Mice

The following keyboards and mice are compatible with this Mac.

Trust 3 button USB Optical MouseStock: Available£6.75 + vat (£8.10)
Cherry Strait 3.0 USB Keyboard - UK Mac LayoutStock: Available£40.65 + vat (£48.78)

Power Supplies & Batteries

Listed below are power supplies, batteries and related products we supply for this Mac.

Third Party 65W AC adapter for White iBook G3/G4 & PowerBook G4Stock: Special Order£24.99 + vat (£29.99)
Battery for iBook 12" Dual USBStock: Special Order£45.00 + vat (£54.00)1
Battery for iBook 14" Dual USBStock: Special Order£45.00 + vat (£54.00)2
1For the 12" version of this iBook
2For the 14" version of this iBook

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Cables & Tools

Listed below are power cables, tools and related products we supply for this Mac.

Cables & Adaptors

USB 2 to 2.5in SATA Drive Cable (for accessing a 2.5in SATA drive via USB)Stock: Available£6.49 + vat (£7.79)1
FireWire 400 - 800 Adaptor Cable M/M (6pin - 9pin) 6 ftStock: Available£11.00 + vat (£13.20)

Tools

Torx Screwdriver Set - 20mm T6 T7 T8 T9 T10Stock: Available£5.00 + vat (£6.00)
Screwdriver Set - 20mm Phillips #00, #0, #1 - Flat 1.4mm, 1.8mm, 2.4mmStock: Available£5.00 + vat (£6.00)
Anti Static Wrist StrapStock: Available£7.50 + vat (£9.00)
1Cannot be used to boot this Mac.

External Drives & Enclosures

This Mac can use any of the following external hard drives.

Docking Stations

3.5" USB Enclosures

Startech USB 3.0 Enclosure for 3.5in SATA DrivesStock: Available£35.79 + vat (£42.95)1

2.5" USB Enclosures

Startech USB 3.0 (USB 2 compatible) Enclosure for 2.5in SATA Drive with UASPStock: Available£19.02 + vat (£22.82)1
1Cannot be used to boot this Mac.

Complete Machines - Refurbished

Any complete machines of this type or similar that we have for sale are listed here. Please note that these are refurbished models with a 3 month warranty, and that delivery is likely to take 3 - 5 working days. These can be purchased online with the standard website courier delivery charge for the mainland UK only. Please contact us for a quote on shipping to other areas.

There are none available.

Repair Services for this Mac

Here are the various repair services we offer for this Mac. You can have us take the machine in for evaluation, or book a fixed-price repair if you already know what the fault is and the service is listed below (for services without parts, please see the relevant tab on this page for compatible parts that we sell). If you know what the fault is, but we don't have a fixed-price repair listed below, please contact us for a quote.

Evaluation Services

Mac Repair - Evaluation ServiceStock: Available£39.00 + vat (£46.80)

Installation Services (parts not included)

Collection ServiceStock: Available£24.68 + vat (£29.62)
INSTALL SERVICE - Internal Hard Drive in an iBookStock: Available£39.00 + vat (£46.80)
INSTALL SERVICE - Clone Original Internal DriveStock: Available£25.00 + vat (£30.00)
INSTALL SERVICE - RAM in an Apple LaptopStock: Available£10.00 + vat (£12.00)
INSTALL SERVICE - Expansion Slot Card in a Laptop MacStock: Available£15.00 + vat (£18.00)
INSTALL SERVICE - Internal CD/DVD Drive in an iBookStock: Available£39.00 + vat (£46.80)