How to update/upgrade PPC G4

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  1. bob2131, Nov 15, 2010
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    bob2131 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi, i have a G4, the spec being:

    OSX 10.1.3
    Memory 896MB
    Processor PowerPC G4

    My windows pc and macbook are both giving me problems, so im thinking i do something with the above mac, as im not currently using it.

    How can i make it as good as possible?
    in terms of operating system version, which is the newest version of OSX i can put on there?

    and how do i found out what MHz the processor is?
    the manual just says "PowerPC G4 processor with 256KB cache, some configs have 2mb cache".

    thanks in advance.
     
  2. d88co88 macrumors 6502

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    Is there a place that says "More Info" in the about this mac box? I don't have OS 10.1 up and running right now so I can't check. If not,

    a. If it's a tower, look for a sticker on the back of the machine that has all the specs

    b. If it's a laptop, take out the battery and I think the specs should be there.
     
  3. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    ^ There was no "More Info" button in 10.1. It appeared in 10.2.
    I presume (from info provided by OP) it's Quicksilver, first rev. Some of them haven't config info printed on sticker.

    OP: go to Utilities folder in Applications and launch Apple System Profiler. You'll find all needed info there.
     
  4. bob2131 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    this is the info i got from about this mac i recall:

    OSX 10.1.3
    Memory 896MB
    Processor PowerPC G4

    its uplugged at moment, but that was the info from the finder.

    the back of tower says: 800mhz/cd
    not sure if that is the processor spec.

    so i need to get more spec than this?
    if so then ill system profiler.

    cheers.
     
  5. Madd the Sane macrumors 6502

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    10.4 is the "official" supported OS you can install. However, with a bit of trickery, you can get 10.5 running on it.
     
  6. bob2131 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    so 800mhz is my processor spec?

    so currently im on puma 10.1
    and i can definately update to 10.4 Tiger?
    are you sure? thats a huge step up.....
     
  7. Madd the Sane macrumors 6502

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    I have a 450 MHz G4 that runs Tiger just fine. It doesn't work so well with 10.5, though.
     

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