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Newer Releases PowerBook Upgrades

NUpowr G4 swaps with G3 for $350 By Dave Nagel
Newer Technology, the Mac upgrade company that reopened earlier this year under new management, has announced a new NUpowr G4 upgrade for G3 PowerBooks. The upgrade swaps a PowerBook G3's processor for a 500 MHz G4. The upgrade applies to Wallstreet and Lombard models. (A separate upgrade is available for Pismo owners.)

According to Newer, the upgrade requires users to send in their current PowerBook so that Newer can perform the upgrade installation. Newer removes the old processor, places the new one in and then tests the system. Newer says it will send e-mail progress reports to customers who request them and that the entire process using UPS two-day shipment requires two weeks.

For the 233 MHz Wallstreet PowerBook, which did not ship with a level-2 cache, Newer will install a 1 MB cache running at 250 MHz for an additional cost.

Newer says the upgraded PowerBooks can run the original OS that shipped with the model all the way through Mac OS X. The NUpowr G4 includes a two-year warranty and costs $350. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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