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Mar 15, 2009, 05:37 PM
Hello, I have an older eMac with a 800 MHz G4 processor and 256 MB of ram. I am going to upgrade the RAM to a gig. Would it be possible to install Leopard on my eMac? Or won't my processor be fast enough. I don't care if it runs slow.

Thanks in advance

Mar 15, 2009, 05:39 PM
You could force it to run once you upgrade the RAM, but it would be unbearably slow ... at least for me.

Mar 15, 2009, 05:43 PM
Short Answer: No, you can't.

Long Answer: Technically you can, but it will require hacking the installation disk, and dealing with a slow unfriendly computer.


Mar 15, 2009, 05:58 PM
Thanks, i guess i can take out my hard drive and place it in a faster g4 mac so i can install it. Im aware that it is gonna be slow

Mar 15, 2009, 07:08 PM
I think you'll be better off with Tiger.

Mar 15, 2009, 11:21 PM
+1 for Tiger.

Really, yes, you can get this to run. But you're going to have a disappointing experience.

Mar 15, 2009, 11:57 PM
I get frustrated with it on my 1.25GHz eMac w/ 1gig. I can't imagine it on your machine. Tiger would be better suited as I know mine ran much smoother on it.

Mar 16, 2009, 12:31 AM
A member on this forum installed Leopard on his 500 MHz Titanium PowerBook, and I recall him saying it ran Safari and iTunes decently, but not much else. Your machine would be better, but don't expect it to run more then 2 or 3 programs at a time.

Mar 16, 2009, 03:11 AM
It's not really going to be as terrible as some people suggest. I run Leopard on a 1ghz eMac daily and for email, web browsing, IM and other light tasks it's perfectly fine.

You can install 10.5 pretty easily on the 800mhz by spoofing the clock speed in open firmware.

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