Tiger VS. Leopard - iMac G5 2.1GHz

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by mgartner0622, Oct 2, 2010.

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    mgartner0622

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    Hello All,

    I'm trying to set up my brother's computer for him, and own both retail copies of OS X Tiger, and Leopard.

    The iMac has a 128MB Video Card (ATi X1600 I think) as well as RAM that I installed to take it to its maximum, 2.5GB.
    It has a new high speed seagate black 500GB hard disk installed (by me)

    I'm wondering the best operating system to install, features are not really that important to me.

    What the computer is used for:
    Web Browsing
    Apple Mail
    Microsoft Office 2008
    Adobe Photoshop CS3
    Gaming (Older PowerPC games like Star Wars KOTOR, and a few racing games)
    iTunes w/ 32GB Libray (Including the Occasional rental and all the movies)
    I'm wondering which OS would provide the best framerates, and general performace on this aging but still great mac.

    Thank you for your time.
     
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    Intell

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    Leopard. It is still supported by Apple, gets supported by most new applications, and works very well on G5 machines.
     
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    PowerGamerX

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    Here's my rule.

    Leopard for everything with the following:

    1ghz G4 or Better
    80gb HDD
    1gb of ram

    Tiger for everything less.
     
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    Hrududu

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    Absolutely no reason to NOT run Leopard on it. More than meets the requirements to run it and run it well.
     
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    sysiphus

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    Any G5 with adequate RAM (2GB+) should be very nice on Leopard. Unless you need 10.4's support for Classic mode, there's no advantage to it on that hardware. Furthermore, there's only going to be more and more software that's 10.5 only.
     
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    raysfan81

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    I think it should run well 1gb+ but 2gb is nice to have
     
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    sysiphus

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    It'll run, but if the user is doing much in the way of multitasking, the computer will be jumping to virtual memory consistently on 1GB. Given that the RAM should be accessible for ~$40 or so, I'd do it in a heartbeat if that iMac were going to be my main computer.
     
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    mgartner0622

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    Thank you for your input everyone...
    Since I don't need the classic enviroment any longer, Leopard it is!
    Thanks again!

    -Matt
     
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    PowerGamerX

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    Glad you upgraded the hard drive in that thing. It seemed like it was starting to get a little sore.

    Don't forget all the nice parental controls in Leopard too xD
     
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    Plus you get Safari 5 on Leopard (which I don't think came to PPC 10.4). So that adds a little extra life to a Leopard install.
     
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    mgartner0622

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    Yep, i've installed leopard now!
    Thanks for the help again everyone.

    I also replaced the default wallpaper with the snow leopard one.
    without looking at about this Mac, it looks exactly like an early Intel :D
     
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    MacHamster68

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    there is only 1 reason not to upgrade to leopard and for me its a very important one ...leopard has no classic support , so no OS9 games :(
    and still most reputable programs have osx tiger as minimum requirement
     

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