what os would be best

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dukebound85, Jan 27, 2007.

  1. dukebound85 macrumors P6

    dukebound85

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    My family has an iMac g3 256mb ram 400mhz. Would it be more responsive to run 10.2 Jaguar or 10.4 Tiger? I know the min ram req. jumped from 128mb to 256 mb between the two but also that each upgrade to the os has been optimized to run more efficient.

    So which one would be the best solution in terms of quickness and all the software we need is compatible with 10.2 so no issues there.
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    Tiger would run like a dog with 256mb, its kinda slow with 512 anyway...
     
  3. panoz7 macrumors 6502a

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    How about 10.3? You can probably pick up a copy off ebay for not too much. I've got it running on a 300mhz iBook and it's surprisingly quick for a 7-year-old laptop. It runs safari and mail fine... can't imagine doing much else with it though.

    10.4 usually comes on DVD's... just something to note if your iMac doesn't have a DVD drive. You can request it on CD's from apple, though I doubt it's worth the bother. 10.3 and below came on cds.

    EDIT: just saw your compatibility thing. I went with 10.3 to be able to run newer applications if necessary. I think even iTunes requires 10.3.9. If you're happy with the applications available with 10.2, don't need expose, and already own a copy of jaguar, by all means use it. It'll probably run the fastest as well.
     
  4. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

    dukebound85

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    will an ipod video work with 10.2? this is the first gen of the video not the second. i forgot to think about that
     
  5. XnavxeMiyyep macrumors 65816

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    I had an iMac G3 with both 10.2 and 10.3, and 10.3 ran twice as "snappily" as 10.2 did. I would assume 10.4 would therefore be the way to go over 10.2 (not necessarily over 10.3); just make sure you don't waste resources running widgets!
     
  6. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

    dukebound85

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    would the ram being only 256 on the imac make tiger slower compared to jaguar?
     

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