View Full Version : Old-ish iBook G4, how best to strip it and turn it into a speedy web/text device?

Mar 6, 2008, 01:22 AM
I have an old iBook G4 (1.2 GHz, 1GB RAM, 80GB HD) that is quite slow but physically in great condition. I want to strip all the unnecessary crap off it, leaving just what's necessary and Firefox/Safari, Adium, SlingPlayer, TextEdit (OK, I guess I'm leaving one unnecessary item on it) and making it as fast as possible, as my newer MacBook Pro is working fine as my "main" computer and I mostly just want a secondary road machine to tote around. Should I just do a complete reinstall of Leopard on it or is there a better way to retain what I do already want before using the nuclear option?

Mar 6, 2008, 01:26 AM
Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

(I'd put tiger on it though)

Mar 6, 2008, 01:28 AM
Well if you want speed maybe you should consider installing Tiger or even Panther on it as those will run faster than Leopard on your machine.

Mar 6, 2008, 06:45 AM
I have the same iBook and it runs faster with a clean install of 10.5 then it did with tiger.
So yes do a fresh install and just keep the programs you want and perhaps install a 1 ghz ram module in it.
My son uses it every day for web, email, homework and playing his star wars and other games.

Mar 6, 2008, 02:25 PM
Fresh install + a checkup of the disk with DiskWarrior. It did miracles on my iBook 1.33.