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Old Jun 22, 2008, 05:00 AM   #1
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Which OS for Powerbook G3 Pismo

Hello, I'm after some information regarding my 400MHZ G3 Pismo. Which versions of OS X can I use on this machine, I don't want anything too up to date but while looking on eBay it seems that people will sell me any version promising that it will work, but I'm dubious as I realise that most discs are machine specific.

I may have other issues with this machine, but I'll not know the extent until I've tried an OS on it as it's empty at present.
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Old Jun 22, 2008, 05:04 AM   #2
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it can use any version up to Tiger because Leopard requires a G4 at 867 MHz. id say install Tiger but Panther may run quicker because of the lack of Spotlight, Dashboard etc.
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Old Jun 22, 2008, 06:05 AM   #3
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I run 10.3.9 on a 400 MHz 384 mb G3 "Pismo."
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Old Jun 22, 2008, 01:29 PM   #4
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I would go for Panther...Tiger will run too slow.
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Old Jun 27, 2008, 08:44 PM   #5
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Tiger does NOT run slow! It's great on my Pismo.
400MHz G3 384 mb

Do Tiger. These fellow nerds of mine are underestimating how good the "old" stuff is.
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Old Jul 3, 2008, 11:05 AM   #6
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Tiger will definitely work, but I second those who suggest Jaguar--it's less of a resource hog, and the Pismo has fewer hoggable resources.
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Old Jul 3, 2008, 11:30 AM   #7
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I've 10.3 and 10.4 boot partitions on my iMac G3 and there is no speed difference that I can see. So take your pick.
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Old Jul 3, 2008, 11:38 AM   #8
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Tiger does NOT run slow! It's great on my Pismo.
400MHz G3 384 mb

Do Tiger. These fellow nerds of mine are underestimating how good the "old" stuff is.
Agreed. I've a 400 Mhz Pismo, 512 MB RAM, and it runs just fine (or did... I haven't used it much since I bought my MBP!).

Max the RAM (I believe it's 512MB officially, according to Apple, but I've heard that you can make a pair of 512s work in it, for a total of 1GB), and - if you haven't already - install a bigger HDD.

My biggest issues in keeping the Pismo running were: the crappy LG DVD drive, and the battery (mine is dead, so I need a new one...).

Have a happy 4th!

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Old Jul 3, 2008, 12:02 PM   #9
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Get Panther. Panther seems to run the best on G3 machines.
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Old Jul 3, 2008, 01:52 PM   #10
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I have 1GB of RAM installed in my Pismo, and it works great. I also upgraded it to a 500MHz G4, and I'm running 10.4.11. It sure does run great for an 8 year old computer. Try running XP on an 8 year old PC laptop.
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Old Jul 4, 2008, 10:44 PM   #11
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Tiger will run great, especially if you upgrade to more than 512 MB RAM (recommended for any version of OS X)

Someone mentioned Jaguar... which is an awful idea, since 10.2 is not only horribly outdated, it's rather slower than Panther/Tiger.

I'd recommend against Panther, too, as there's not much new software for it.

Tiger's a really great OS, I"d go for that.

If you really wanted to, you could get a G4 upgrade card, and use a 3rd-party software to install Leopard. Wouldn't really advise it though, I think it'd be pretty slow.
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Try running XP on an 8 year old PC laptop.
Hmmm... Isn't XP an 8-year-old OS, though?

But I get your point.

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