300 MHz Power PC G3 Processor
32 MB SD-RAM upgraded with 256 MB for a total of 288 MB
40 GB Hard Drive
24x CD-ROM Drive
12.1 inch TFT LCD Display (800x600)
10/100 Ethernet, one USB port
56k Hardware Modem
I bought the Apple iBook-Clamshell from Voelker
Research. I added in an Airport Card and 256 MB Memory. I also have an
800 MHz iBook as well.
Within an hour of brining home the laptop, I loaded Linux and got rid of
the default Mac OS 9.
I loaded Yellow Dog 3.0 which was
released in May 2003. Yellow Dog linux is aimed at the Apple Mac market.
I upgraded to a 40 GB hard drive. I split the drive for Mac OS X, Mac OS
9.22 and Linux. The Mac OS 9.22 partition is about 5 GB and Linux and Mac
OS X is equally divded.
When I had a 3 GB hard drive, due to the size of it, I had to be selective
on what I loaded. I could not load the C Compiler. A bigger hard drive
is being considered such as a 20 GB or putting a 60 GB on my new 800 MHz
iBook and transferring the 30 GB to the old iBook.
When Linux was loaded, everything worked by default including sound*,
ethernet, and X11. The caveats are below.
Sound works by default. However, under KDE, the KDE CD Player (kscd) does
not put out any sound. You have to use Audio Player (xmms). It works
I encountered a problem that I did not encounter with my 800 MHz iBook and
my Mac G4 - 450 MHz Desktop. The wireless could not quite hook up to my home
wireless network. It worked perfectly under Mac OS 9. I swapped the card
with the card on my G4. When I booted my G4, it loaded a new copy of the
firmware to the card through an update from Apple Computer. and then I
put it back in the iBook 300 MHz. It worked after that.
The modem is a hardware modem. It uses /dev/ttyS0 and/or /dev/cua0.
PPP through Modem
It took some work to get ppp working. I use Slackware Linux on my x86 computers
and I took two scripts from it. They are ppp-go and
ppp-off. I had problems getting ppp to work
until I moved the /etc/hotplug directory to a different location. It
caused problems when the connection was made.
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Last Updated : Nov 24, 2004