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Can a G4 run OS X?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by JimmyDreams, Oct 1, 2007.

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    A friend has a G4, can that laptop run OS X 10.whatever??? I know nothing about the Apple laptops...does OS X require an Intel based chip? (I assume a g$ is NOT Intel based.)

    Suggestions? Thx!!
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    Jaffa Cake

    No, OS X will run perfectly fine on a G4 – you don't need an Intel processor. It will benefit from having a decent amount of RAM in there, though.
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    My PB 12" 1GHz G4 runs 10.3.9 just fine. A G4 will also run 10.4.x as well.
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    Of course it can. I would recommend getting at least 512MBs of RAM though and optimally 1GB.
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    About half of all G4s shipped with OS X as their starting OS.
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    Agreed on the RAM advice. Mine's run nothing but Panther and Tiger (10.3 and 10.4)

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    Thanks for the quick replies, folks. I'll have them check the RAM and then stuff OS X in it and see if we can't make it smoke!!!:eek:
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    You can run tiger in almost everything built since 2000. If its just OSX you want , you could run that on a 233mhz beige powermac G3 from 1997 (Up to 10.2). How well depends on you.
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    Father Jack

    My first Mac was a G4 iBook running Tiger.

    Absolutely no problems .. :)
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    Dear Father Jack.... you have come a long way! :cool:
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    Father Jack

    Onwards and upwards my son .. :)

    p.s. I ike your instructions for PC users .. :cool:
  12. macrumors newbie

    G4 came out in 1999, and OS X 10.0 came out in 2001.

    not only can a G4 run OS X, so can a G3, which were sold in iBooks until 2003/4ish.
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    Jaffa Cake

    Many G3s can run OS X fine, but some earlier models of G3 aren't supported in later versions of OS X – for example, the beige G3 Power Macs aren't supported by Panther.

    It's worth noting too that Leopard looks to be dropping support for the G3 altogether, the G4 is listed as the minimum processor in the system requirements.
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    Even that, G4s are limited to 866mhz. So 800mhz g4s and lower are SOL
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