Should I buy more RAM or upgrade to TIGER?!?!

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  1. yOyOYoo macrumors 6502a

    yOyOYoo

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    #1
    I have a 12" PB 1.5 Ghz superdrive 512mb RAM

    POLL: should I spend my money now to get:

    1. a 512MB stick of RAM
    2. upgrade to TIGER


    what should I do?? I do wish my powerbook would run faster and would have less of the "spinning beach ball" when I run through itunes and iphoto, but if I upgraded to TIGER, would it make my computer run more efficiently?
     
  2. Omen88 macrumors regular

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    I didn't notice any speed gains when switching from Panther to Tiger. So it's either slightly better performance or new features for your :)

    Personally I'd go for Tiger. Price of memory will always go down, as the price for Tiger will still be the same next year.
     
  3. Cuckoo macrumors 6502

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    I'm not very sure, but doesn't a 12" PB have 256mb RAM soldered on the mobo. If this is the case. I can only think of you having 256 on the mobo and 256 on a stick, and since the 12" has only 1 memory slot you'd have to remove the 256 stick. <again, i'm not into all pb configuration, but this is my idea>

    So Get tiger, because buying a 512 stick, will only enhance your memory by 256.
     
  4. Omen88 macrumors regular

    Omen88

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    You're right
    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/powerbook_g4/stats/powerbook_g4_1.5_12.html
     
  5. yOyOYoo thread starter macrumors 6502a

    yOyOYoo

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    Tiger it is! Now where can I get it for cheap?!

    Also if I get Tiger, do I need to backup my previous mac software or photos or music before installing it??thanks! any way to get a discount since I just purchased my PB in February?
     
  6. DJY macrumors 6502a

    DJY

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    #8
    You needed you have bought your PB in April I think to get the cheap upgrade to Tiger... or alternatively if you are a student - grab the EDUC price!
    I'd be getting both!

    Tiger is great, and Tiger (as did Panther) loves RAM! I have 1GB RAM in my 17" 1.5GHz PB!

    I did backup everything before I installed Tiger - but didn't have any problems... I just put in the disc and upgraded no problems!

    I would encourage you to start a backup regime anyway... whether via .Mac or external HDD / DVD / CD options - or BOTH!
    Regardless of upgrades... I now backup anything that I decide I really use / need.

    There are alot of people in here who also recommend Repairing Permissions before and after any upgrade.
     

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