Mac OS X Tiger Or Leopard On My Power Mac G4 MDD?

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    I would like to know if Mac OS X Tiger or Leopard would be better on my Power Mac G4 MDD.

    It's specs are as follows:

    1.25GHz Power PC G4 processor
    1.5GBs or RAM
    100GB hard drive

    Thanks for your help!
     
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    lannister80

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    Leopard. I run that on a very similarly-configured MDD and it works great. Especially if you have a video card that supports Core Video (ATI 9800).
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Do you know where I can get an ATI Radeon 9800?
     
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    dpaanlka

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    Leopard for sure. It's like 80,000 times better from a usability standpoint. Not like the difference between Leopard and Snow Leopard.
     
  5. macrumors 68000

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    *adds voice to Leopard group*. I run Mac OS X 10.5.8 on my G4/450 (only CPU is stock). It actually works really quite well :D
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    Another option in the video cards is to get a 9600 out of a G5. These were often upgraded so you can get the cards cheap. If it came out of a G5 you have to cut or cover a few of the contacts (have a google) but there was a g4/g5 aftermarket one as well. The 9600 is not as powerful as the 9800 but is also an air-cooled and lower power unit and does meet the leopard core requirement.
     
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    kernkraft

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    I'm sorry to disagree with the others, but unless you use the new features in Leopard (which I still don't), what's the point of making things slower? Tiger - in my opinion - is by far, the most stable and efficient OS that you can have on that machine.

    No Spaces and Time Machine, but do you really need them? I wish SL would be more like Tiger!
     
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    lannister80

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    Leopard ran "snappier" than Tiger on my MDD. Just like every other iteration of OS X (more recent = faster).
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    got a single 1.25 Ghz MDD with 1.5GB RAM 80GB HDD and it currently runs Tiger. I will update it to Leopard soon so will keep you updated soon enough
     

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