Can you upgrade PowerBook G4 processors?

in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Is anyone selling g4 upgrades for power(BOOK) g4's? i can get a g3 and buy a g4 chip for it, but can I buy a 400mhz G4 powerbook and put a 1ghz in it.

Will this ever happen?


Um it really is early. I mean can you upgrade PowerBOOK g4

Sorry about the confusion


  • Reply 1 of 7
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,262member
    Uh, my head hurts now.

    Yes, you can buy upgrades for PowerMac G4s. No, you can't put a 1GHz G4 into a 400MHz PowerBook G4.

    I'm guessing your title is wrong, but then you say the same thing in your post. Please refrain from making me think this early in the morning. heh
  • Reply 2 of 7
    check out OWC they have upgrades for G3 and G4 towers.
  • Reply 3 of 7
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,262member
    OK, thread title edited.

    AFAIK, there is no way to upgrade the processor on a PowerBook G4.

  • Reply 4 of 7
    you can turn a Wallstreet (1998, PowerBook G3) into a 500MHz G4 here

    a Lombard (1999, Bronze keyboard PB G3) into a 500MHz G4 here

    and a Pismo (2000, FireWire PB G3) into the same 7410 500MHz G4 here

    AFAIK, there are no aftermarket chip upgrades to the Titanium chassis PB models.

    PB G3 upgrades might seem better bang for the buck, but with archaic GPU/VRAM, no Quartz Extreme.

    Barefeats compared the upgraded Pismo to later TiBooks here

    the only alternative upgrade path is better known as eBay.
  • Reply 5 of 7
    splinemodelsplinemodel Posts: 7,311member
    You'll need a BGA (or LGA or what ever they're using) version of the chip you want, and some unreal equipment.

    So basically you can't upgrade it.
  • Reply 6 of 7
    sure you can ...heres how

    1.Put a Type R racing sticker on it.

    2.if the above is not fast enough

    add on a v-tec sticker

    Please wear safety glasses while attempting this

    the sheer speed of the cpu as it goes flashing by

    may cause eye damage ...

    im sure the others can pipe up with ideas
  • Reply 7 of 7
    You can buy my 12inch Powerbook that is only a couple of weeks old pretty cheap! I just got the 17 today!
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