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Although Apple's consumer portable may be one of the company's most hotly anticipated products ever, the iBook's reality falls short of its media-generated hype.
It's not exactly a case of the emperor having no clothes--the iBook is a natty dresser--but what's under that striking attire leaves something to be desired in terms of size, ease of use, and flexibility.

Andrew Gore, Macworld.com

Firmware update

The iBook Firmware Update 4.1.7 will only run on iBook computers running Mac OS 9.1 from a local drive. If you are using Mac OS X you must boot from a local Mac OS 9.1 writeable partition (not a CD, or network disk) prior to following the update instructions.

Link Apple Firmware update

 

Firmware Update 4.1.7 includes improvements to Firewire target disk mode, network booting, gigabit networking (on systems with gigabit hardware), and system stability. This update also adds support for additional security options which allow the Open Firmware to be password protected.

This update also contains changes from earlier Firmware Updates. This update adds support for 256 megabyte (MB) memory modules and improved support for using a USB storage device, such as an external hard drive, as a startup disk.

Follow the onscreen instructions. When prompted, click Shut Down in the dialog box to shut down your iBook.

After the computer has shut down, hold down the Command (Apple) key and Power button to start up your iBook.

Continue to hold down the Command key and Power button until you hear a long tone. Release the Command key and Power button when you hear the tone. The update starts automatically.

 

 

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