Leopard on 12" PowerBook?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Adokimus, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Ok, I might be buying a used 1.5GHz PPC, 1.25 GB RAM, 12" powerbook. One catch is that it will be running a "clean install" of Leopard, with the disc included. I remember mixed reviews of Leopard on powerbooks when it was first released. So, is this a positive or a negative? Will leopard slow down the 12" powerbook or will it run perfectly fine with those specs?

    Thanks for any help!

  2. macrumors 68000


    It will run fine. Don't worry
  3. macrumors 6502

    I had Leopard running on my iBook 1.33ghz 1.5gb and it ran perfectly. I didn't notice any slowdown from Tiger to Leopard. Your powerbook should be able to run it just as well I suppose.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    I can tell you that with my PowerBook (1.33GHz, 1.25GB RAM, 160GB HD) it actually speeded things up from my previous installs (Tiger and Panther, both used very close before upgrading so I can give a fairly accurate assessment)

    Leopard flies on this machine. It feels like new quite honestly. That later 1.5GHz model will have the 64MB Vram too, so you'll get the whole graphical experience too!

    Good luck!
  5. macrumors 65816


    I have one. it runs great. No difference between tiger and leopard except for added features :)
  6. macrumors 603


    I'm going to be loading it on a 12" PB 867 with 640MB RAM as I was told it would run just fine on that.
  7. macrumors 68020


    I have it running on my wife's iBook G4/1.33 and 512MB RAM. It runs good, although she doesn't do anything very intensive. I am looking to upgrade the RAM to 1.5GB soon.
  8. macrumors 68020


    I have the same exact spec'd Powerbook and I can safely report no problems.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Not that you need more assurance at this point, but...

    I installed Leopard on my 15" powerbook (1.25 Ghz, 1 Gig ram) and it's snappier than ever! :cool:
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Runs great on my little 12" powerbook.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Thanks for all the input! Quite reassuring.

  12. macrumors 68030


    I've got exactly the same spec'ed machine with an upgraded higher rpm hard drive. If I had my time again I'd disagree with the majority here and would stick with tiger.

    For most things Leopard is fantastic, but my two biggest sticking points would be spotlight and safari's history. I've found them both significantly slower under leopard. Spotlight is almost unuseable now - it may as well just be a search. If I bring up history under safari (anything longer than today's history) I get beach balls. These are only really deal breakers for me seeing as I use both features in my common day to day use of the machine. Seeing so many other people expouse Leopard on a 12" perhaps my experience is an isolated one though and just coincidental.
  13. macrumors member

    I run leopard on my iBook 12in, 1.33, 512 ram and 40 gig hard drive. Runs just fine. You shouldn't have a problem
  14. macrumors newbie

    well, leopard in my PB 1.33 Ghz, 1.5Gb Ram, and 64VRam is choppier than any OS ever was... when I have more than 4 or 5 applications open exposé is choppy. not to talk of spaces... horrible transitions!

    Yeah, cover flow is not bad, and quick view is quite fast.

    I installed Leopard but now I'm back to Tiger, everything's so smooth here! And much, much faster...

    I don't understand how you can say that Leopard is fast on your G4 Mac's (compared to Tiger 10.4.11)... It really is useable, but not as much as Tiger is!

    Oh, I did a clean install, upgraded to 10.5.2 with the Graphics Update too... still slow that way.

  15. macrumors member

    Posting from my 1GHz 12" Powerbook. Leopard runs fine.
  16. macrumors regular

    I agree! My 12 inch PB is maxed out and I have reinstalled Leopard MANY times with no noticeable difference. Leopard runs slower on mine compared to Tiger for some reason.
  17. macrumors newbie

    ok... Leopard runs fine, but I bet that Tiger runs great! :)

    Leopard runs fine too on my PB 1.33GHz, but Tiger is way better for my machine.

    Let's just face it, the PowerPC's are being left behind... even the new SDK Software for developing iPhone applications is Intel only, and only just on Leopard... That's not fair Apple!

  18. macrumors newbie

    Brandon, you can compare your MB Pro perfomance with your PB...
    what do you think?
  19. macrumors regular

    Leopard runs pretty slow on my PB 12 inch 1.0 with 768 RAM. On Tiger it was much faster and I am debating whether to switch back on that machine.
  20. macrumors member

    Long live the PB 12"! Leopard's been running well on mine.
  21. macrumors regular

    Were you wanting me to run like Geekbench between the two or just my thoughts?
  22. macrumors 65816


    i have a 1.5 12" with 1.25 ram it runs great feels even a little better than tiger
  23. sjb
    macrumors regular

    I've run leopard on my 1.5G PowerBook with 1G of RAM without any problems at all.
  24. macrumors 6502

    I'd stick with leopard.

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