Latest Mac(intel) OS X and PowerMac G4

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mactib, Jul 23, 2006.

  1. mactib macrumors member

    mactib

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    Guys,

    I am thinking of upgrading my whole G4,
    1- more hard drive
    2- more ram
    3- faster processor
    4- faster video card

    so my question is...if i install the new Tiger or the Leopard on my G4, will the OS work as good as it will on its native processor?(i heard something about the whole core of the OS being changed to enable it to run on intel chips..) Will it run at all on my g4? Or should I just stick with Panther?:confused:
     
  2. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

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    If it is a retail version of Mac OS X it will run fine on the G4 if you're using an install disc that came with an Intel mac it will not work.
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Retail Tiger discs *are* PPC native, for what it's worth.... Just to expand on tipdrill's correct answer. Tiger came out in April 2005, long before Intel Macs....
     
  4. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Mac OS will run native on PowerPC based Macs for a long time to come. :)
     
  5. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    Yeah Steve Jobs stated that he's not turning his back on the PPC users and he'll suppor them till what... 2010 or something? or was it later... I keep thinking I read something like that.
     
  6. Me1000 macrumors 68000

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    i think i read somewhere, correct me if im wrong...
    but if you instal tiger on a intel then it just installs an extra something that PPC users dont need. i could be totally wrong though.
     
  7. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Either way, PowerPC based Macs will be able to run the latest version of Mac OS for a good many years yet. :)
     
  8. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816

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    it just installs just the X86-based version of Tiger, and whatever is needed for Rosetta, but NOTHING for ppc cpu's.......
     
  9. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    NOTHING for ppc cpu's? well technically that's wrong, it installs a layer (emulation or compatibility) that converts PPC instructions to Intel - e.g. Rosetta - so that you can run PPC native apps. So its a layer for PPC CPU conversion technically :rolleyes: :p :p
     

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