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techgp
Feb 13, 2010, 08:35 AM
I would like to know if Mac OS X Tiger or Leopard would be better on my Power Mac G4 MDD.

It's specs are as follows:

1.25GHz Power PC G4 processor
1.5GBs or RAM
100GB hard drive

Thanks for your help!



lannister80
Feb 13, 2010, 09:24 AM
Leopard. I run that on a very similarly-configured MDD and it works great. Especially if you have a video card that supports Core Video (ATI 9800).

techgp
Feb 13, 2010, 10:34 AM
Do you know where I can get an ATI Radeon 9800?

dpaanlka
Feb 13, 2010, 10:38 AM
Leopard for sure. It's like 80,000 times better from a usability standpoint. Not like the difference between Leopard and Snow Leopard.

chrismacguy
Feb 13, 2010, 12:07 PM
*adds voice to Leopard group*. I run Mac OS X 10.5.8 on my G4/450 (only CPU is stock). It actually works really quite well :D

dazey
Feb 13, 2010, 12:24 PM
Another option in the video cards is to get a 9600 out of a G5. These were often upgraded so you can get the cards cheap. If it came out of a G5 you have to cut or cover a few of the contacts (have a google) but there was a g4/g5 aftermarket one as well. The 9600 is not as powerful as the 9800 but is also an air-cooled and lower power unit and does meet the leopard core requirement.

kernkraft
Feb 13, 2010, 12:29 PM
I'm sorry to disagree with the others, but unless you use the new features in Leopard (which I still don't), what's the point of making things slower? Tiger - in my opinion - is by far, the most stable and efficient OS that you can have on that machine.

No Spaces and Time Machine, but do you really need them? I wish SL would be more like Tiger!

lannister80
Feb 24, 2010, 10:34 AM
I'm sorry to disagree with the others, but unless you use the new features in Leopard (which I still don't), what's the point of making things slower? Tiger - in my opinion - is by far, the most stable and efficient OS that you can have on that machine.

No Spaces and Time Machine, but do you really need them? I wish SL would be more like Tiger!
Leopard ran "snappier" than Tiger on my MDD. Just like every other iteration of OS X (more recent = faster).

steveca
Feb 27, 2010, 07:28 AM
got a single 1.25 Ghz MDD with 1.5GB RAM 80GB HDD and it currently runs Tiger. I will update it to Leopard soon so will keep you updated soon enough