10.4 on an iBook G3

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  1. cnakeitaro macrumors 6502

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    I am considering upgrading my OS from 10.3 to 10.4, anyone know if 10.4 runs well on an iBook G3 700 with 16 VRAM?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    How much RAM do you have? I don't think the upgrade would be worth it for you, you'll notice a severe slow down IMO.
     
  3. cnakeitaro thread starter macrumors 6502

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    max'd out at 640MB
     
  4. Spock macrumors 68000

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    I dont think so, I just used a 366 iBook for a Powerpoint Presentation about 20 minutes ago and 10.4 runs fine I also have it on a 400MhZ B&W and it runs fine I would do it.
     
  5. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

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    I think Tiger will do fine on a 700MHz G3. It all depends on how much you need/want the new features.
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    If you have a Radeon 7500 on it you're REALLY set. Quartz Extreme is a must on older machines. It really makes GUI transitions and video smoother.
     
  7. Vster macrumors 6502

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    I just recently maxed out my wife's iBook g3 700mhz ram, and it runs like a champ. I'm actually considering selling my new iBook G4 because the G3 should be plenty for my use.
     
  8. cnakeitaro thread starter macrumors 6502

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    mine was the model right before the 7500 series >.<
    can you explain Quartz Extreme?
     
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Exposé won't look as pretty and it'll be sluggish. I used a iBook G3 500 and it was fine under 10.3.9 and 384 MB of RAM.

    I love using 10.4.3 on my Power Mac G3 450 and it only has PCI graphics.
     
  10. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Tiger runs fine on a 400 MHz Pismo, ie. PowerBook G3, with 512 MB RAM, so it should be just fine on a 700 MHz G3 iBook with 640 MB RAM, IMO. Just go easy on widgets and remember to keep a good 6-8 GB free HD space for virtual memory... :)
     
  11. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Just to clarify, If you already have a licence for Tiger then install it by all means but if you're thinking of buying a retail version then I really don't think it'd be worth the extra costs.
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I forgot this last time.

    http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/quartzextreme/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartz_Extreme
     
  13. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

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    Here I'd tend to agree. It's important to keep in mind that many of the new features in Tiger (Dashboard & Spotlight, for instance) work best when on fast hardware. And given how much ram widgets take up, you might end up swapping to disk more often than in Panther. 10.3 was a a solid release, so make sure the benefits outweigh any potential downsides.
     
  14. ekenny macrumors regular

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    Ive been using 10.4 on my iBook G3 (500MHz, 640 MB Ram) for quite a while now. I never ran 10.3 on it so I cant really compare it. For most needs (Safari, Mail, Adium) it is sufficient. Dashboard works, but is not smoothe at all. Same for expose.
     

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