On the MacCentral news site, the opinion divide is already evident in posts with subject lines like "iBook YES!!!," "iBook is a disappointment" and "What is it with all the naysayers?" Critics focus on the weight, 6.7 pounds, and the 32mb RAM, while fans rave about the AirPort, the "nifty technology" that makes the iBook wireless.

Chris Allbritton, salon.com

Watching DVD movies

Only the 466MHZ Clamshells were equipped with a DVD drive, although the 366MHZ firewire Models are capable of playing DVD movies too if you connect a DVD drive instead of the CD-ROM. You will a face a few dropped frames, but because of the the 8MB ATI graphics you can use the Apple DVD player which is integrated in OSX because it meets its minimum requirements.

Read more: Watching DVD movies

Applejack troubleshooting utility

When you have installed at least OSX 10.2 on your iBook, please take a look at the Freeware Tool Applejack. In most cases concerning startup-problems applejack can help, and you don't have to use your original system CD/DVD. Once installed, boot your iBook into single user mode, type in applejack and start the automatic repair.

Updates for OS9

The OS9 software which came with the iBook has to be updated via an active internet connection (software update).

If you want to save some time, you can download also all necessary updates from Apple

The correct sequence must be kept.

1. Mac OS 9.1 update

2. Mac OS 9.2.1 update

3. Mac OS 9.2.2 update

Abiword - freeware word processor

Abiword is a free word processor similar to Microsoft Word. It is suitable for a wide variety of word processing tasks. You need Mac OS X 10.2 or later. Abiword is compatible with OpenOffice, Microsoft Word and WordPerfect. Abiword is avaible for many operating systems so if you want to exchange your data with Microsoft XP or Linux computers take a look at Abiword.

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