Simple Question Vol-4 what OSx can IbooK g4 have

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Leolizm, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2010
    Machine Name: iBook G4
    Machine Model: PowerBook6,3
    CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (3.3)
    Number Of CPUs: 1
    CPU Speed: 800 MHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 256 KB
    Memory: 640 MB
    Bus Speed: 133 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: 4.7.4f1
    Serial Number: UV342BN8KUS

    Please refer the version such as

    leopard 10.5.2

    like that
  2. macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2009
    I'm not sure how well Leopard would run on an iBook G4; Tiger (10.4), however, will run brilliantly and I recommend you use it.

    If Leopard can in deed run on your iBook, I would imagine it's terribly sluggish and has jittery animation, but if you want the latest software and don't mind a bit of slowness – go for it.

    I'd still recommend Tiger.

    After Googling this it would appear your 800MHz iBook isn't even supported by Leopard, however, it has been done by hacking the installer in the past. see:
  3. macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    for the iBook g4 800mhz i think best is still Tiger 10.4.11
    ok it can be hacked to run leopard quiet easy , but i doubt it would be great experience
  4. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    You'd need to do a bit of work to make it run Leopard but it really wouldn't run too well.

    Tiger (10.4.11) is the last version officially supported on that machine.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2008
    Wichita KS
    Leopard will run pretty well on it. You would benefit from upgrading the your 512MB stick up RAM to a 1GB stick. I've got Leopard running on G4's slower than that one, and its not that bad at all.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2008
    In OSX Snow Leopard / Godalming UK
    it will run 10.4 unmodified, or 10.5 with a modified osinstall.mpkg (i made a modified one for someone here a little ago)
  7. macrumors member


    Nov 29, 2009
    you can hack it to run leopard, as the minimum cpu requirement is 867 mhz, but tiger would be a much better bet as tiger is already slow on that machine for me (i have the exact same one) im not even trying to put leopard on mine because it would be so slow its not worth it.
  8. macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2010
    Nanaimo, BC
    I can offer a first hand opinion on very similar hardware.

    I was able to use LeopardAssist to get my iMac to run in Leopard, and while it managed, it wasn't what I'd call snappy. Generally, it just felt like the machine was struggling a lot more than it should be under fairly low-key use. I was convinced Leopard was the way to go because of Safari 5 and the ability to use Time Machine.

    Then I tried Tiger on the same hardware, and it made a huge difference. In daily use this machine gives up fairly little to my wife's MacBook, with the exception of course being anything internet-video related. My tips for you if you run Tiger would be to use Mobile YouTube (which runs the YouTube videos in a QuickTime player), and to download a copy of SilverKeeper from LaCie, which is a free-to-use backup program that serves the equivalent function to Time Machine.

    In the end, it's up to you. Both systems are usable, but I don't think you'll have much fun in Leopard, especially given your RAM. I ran Leopard for two weeks on 512Mb of memory, and compared to what I'm running now, it was pretty paltry.

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