After traveling the country side of yunnan my computer had multiple times crashed into the walls of the bus (or truck or whatever transportation available). It still worked, but I felt that somehow the speed had gone down and the overall feeling was that one day it would crash. I did benchmarks (using Xbench) and results where really bad and I went out in the search for the ultimate replacement.
After reading this article at Barefeats.com I decided for the Hitachi 7K100. Without any guarantees left from Apple (my computer was bought in may 2004) I decided to do it myself, I googled for some time and after hours of searching (donno why) I found this splendid how to article.
Everything went well, it’s a tricky thing to open a powerbook! :) But now it’s all together and all my software reinstalled, and benchmarks?! From a mediocre score of 33 to a much improved 46 (sometimes as high as 48) I can really feel how much faster everything is! I was thinking about a MacBook pro but Now I’ll keep my baby a little longer.
:) And I have a feeling that something much improved is around the corner. There is no new 12″ and 17″ and why have the capability of playing full HD (1920x1080p) when you don’t have a blue ray or a HDDVD drive?!