12" Powerbook G4 - Upgrade to Leopard?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by ChrisDaMan, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    ChrisDaMan

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    So my Powerbook G4 can be upgraded to Leopard (It currently runs Tiger) and I'm thinking I could do that and get access to more up-to-date programs on my computer, but one major thing I would lose is Native Mac OS 9 capabilities, which I do enjoy a lot. Would you guys say upgrading to Leopard is really worth it? Or should I just stick to Tiger?
     
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    Hrududu

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    Thats pretty tough. I had a 12" Powerbook G4 running at 867MHz and it ran Leopard pretty slow even with a new HDD and 1.12GB of RAM installed. My TiBook actually ran it better which I would attribute to the 1MB of L3 cache. Anyways, I think that machine best fits Tiger. Its really a hard choice since support for Tiger is basically over. Thats the main reason I upgraded to the 1.5GHz 12" Powerbook. I loved the form factor, but really just needed more power to run Leopard well.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

    #3
    I wouldn't. I'd stick with tiger. I tried it with a 867 Ghz PM and a dual 1.42 PM G4s. Both were laggy. It was fine on my 1.67Ghz PB though.
     
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    Nameci

    #4
    Laggy in your dual 1.42 PMG4? It could be that your gfx card does not have QE/CI support.

    To run Leopard smoothly you need CI (Core Image) hardware support on your gfx card.
     
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    tom vilsack

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    this may help

    just picked up this ibook a couple days ago (1.33,1.5 max ram,40 gig hd)

    made 2 partitions for both leopard and tiger

    leopard-runs ok with mild lag...even after turning off dashboard and spotlight...the plus side being i can use more updated programs

    tiger-runs good...have also turned off dashboard and spotlight....downside being programs like safari,itunes ect are dated

    so what partition do i find myself working in more? tiger!
     
  6. macrumors member

    #6
    Stick with Tiger.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

    #7
    It depends on what processor, and how much ram you have. Some G4s run Leopard just fine, but with the older ones, your better off with Tiger.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

    #8
    Unless you really need leopard for something I would reccomend just sticking with tiger. You haven't said which powerbook you have but even on my 1.33ghz iBook G4 tiger was a bit faster.
     
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    Hrududu

    #9
    Look at his sig. Its an original 867MHz PowerBook G4 12" with 512MB of RAM.
     
  10. macrumors 6502

    #10
    Whoops. Sorry!!!!! Didn't see that somehow. In that case, I would definitely not upgrade. Like I said before I have a 1.33 ghz iBook G4 that has 1.25gb of ram and leopard was still slower then tiger. I doubt you would have a good experience on leopard with those specs.
     
  11. macrumors 6502a

    #11
    I didn't see that either, I have that turned off for this forum.
     
  12. macrumors newbie

    #12
    I have a 12'' PowerBook G4 1.5GHz 1.25GB RAM and Leopard still seams heavy. The only thing that was better for me was that I could use the latest iTunes and sync my iPod touch but it's not worth it overall. I really hate how the dock acted choppy when moving the mouse over it.
     
  13. macrumors regular

    #13
    1.33ghz 12" iBook, 1.5GB of RAM here and the stock 40GB drive.

    Tiger does seem a bit faster, but the difference isn't very noticeable and I primarily run Leopard on it without issue. I say give it a shot, but don't wipe Tiger just yet.
     
  14. macrumors 6502a

    #14
    I run Leopard on mine w/TenFourFox as a nice browsing machine, but had to dumb down the operating system a bit. Even with the 1.5Ghz, it's still a little laggy, but not to the point where I'd consider running Tiger. Effects are off, and I changed the dock to the simple style one. Kept dashboard bcuz I <3 my widgetz... otherwise I'm sure it would help to turn it off.
     

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