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Old Oct 27, 2010, 04:13 PM   #1
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iBook G4 Upgrades?

i have an older ibook g4, 1.33GHz, 80gb hard drive, 768mb ram (512+256), and (unfortunately) running OSX 10.3.

what upgrades can be done to this things to make it better? where can i get a hold of a 10.4 or 10.5 osx installation disc? any suggestions what i can do with this thing?
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i have an older ibook g4, 1.33GHz, 80gb hard drive, 768mb ram (512+256), and (unfortunately) running OSX 10.3.

what upgrades can be done to this things to make it better? where can i get a hold of a 10.4 or 10.5 osx installation disc? any suggestions what i can do with this thing?
Is this the 14" or 12" model? (there is a difference in built in ram on board, also I think the 14" had a superdrive but could be wrong)

I just sold (reluctantly!) my iBook 12" 1.33ghz. I installed a 320gb hard drive, plus an extra 1 gig of ram for a total of 1.5 gigs of ram. If I had kept it, I would have eventually put in a dvd burning superdrive.

I have a Tiger disc for the iBook. (I have two of them and still have to ship to another MR member when I can find his information.)
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Is this the 14" or 12" model? (there is a difference in built in ram on board, also I think the 14" had a superdrive but could be wrong)

I just sold (reluctantly!) my iBook 12" 1.33ghz. I installed a 320gb hard drive, plus an extra 1 gig of ram for a total of 1.5 gigs of ram. If I had kept it, I would have eventually put in a dvd burning superdrive.

I have a Tiger disc for the iBook. (I have two of them and still have to ship to another MR member when I can find his information.)
sorry, 14" with the superdrive. the built in ram is 256mb.

i think the os is whats really holding it back from being a decent net-book device.
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sorry, 14" with the superdrive. the built in ram is 256mb.

i think the os is whats really holding it back from being a decent net-book device.
You really don't want to put Leopard on the iBook. It will slow it way down. At best you'll want to put Tiger on it. I have an iMac G4 right now (1GHz with 512MB RAM) and it really crawled on Leopard, but as soon I put Panther back on it, it really sped up. So, if you want to update the OS I'd put Tiger on it as it is still pretty recent.
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You really don't want to put Leopard on the iBook. It will slow it way down. At best you'll want to put Tiger on it. I have an iMac G4 right now (1GHz with 512MB RAM) and it really crawled on Leopard, but as soon I put Panther back on it, it really sped up. So, if you want to update the OS I'd put Tiger on it as it is still pretty recent.
I think the issue with your iMac is probably too little ram. If you put another gig or whatever it will take, it should run leopard decently.

OP, I would max out the RAM and install leopard, so you can run newer versions of software (iTunes, safari, etc). It won't be crazy fast, but it should run decently for a computer that old.
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I think the issue with your iMac is probably too little ram. If you put another gig or whatever it will take, it should run leopard decently.

OP, I would max out the RAM and install leopard, so you can run newer versions of software (iTunes, safari, etc). It won't be crazy fast, but it should run decently for a computer that old.
I also have a PowerBook G4 with 1.25GB of RAM and it is also pretty sluggish on Leopard. Although Tiger is a good bit faster.
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where can i get a copy of a leopard installation disc? (or tiger) should i trust ebay for something like this?
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where can i get a copy of a leopard installation disc? (or tiger) should i trust ebay for something like this?
I have Tiger like I said.
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I have Tiger like I said.
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