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Old-ish iBook G4, how best to strip it and turn it into a speedy web/text device?

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

  1. macrumors newbie

    #1
    I have an old iBook G4 (1.2 GHz, 1GB RAM, 80GB HD) that is quite slow but physically in great condition. I want to strip all the unnecessary crap off it, leaving just what's necessary and Firefox/Safari, Adium, SlingPlayer, TextEdit (OK, I guess I'm leaving one unnecessary item on it) and making it as fast as possible, as my newer MacBook Pro is working fine as my "main" computer and I mostly just want a secondary road machine to tote around. Should I just do a complete reinstall of Leopard on it or is there a better way to retain what I do already want before using the nuclear option?
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

    #2
    Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

    (I'd put tiger on it though)
     
  3. macrumors 68000

    JesterJJZ

    #3
    Well if you want speed maybe you should consider installing Tiger or even Panther on it as those will run faster than Leopard on your machine.
     
  4. macrumors 65816

    dukeblue91

    #4
    I have the same iBook and it runs faster with a clean install of 10.5 then it did with tiger.
    So yes do a fresh install and just keep the programs you want and perhaps install a 1 ghz ram module in it.
    My son uses it every day for web, email, homework and playing his star wars and other games.
     
  5. macrumors member

    eldino

    #5
    Fresh install + a checkup of the disk with DiskWarrior. It did miracles on my iBook 1.33.
     

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