12" Powerbook (ppc) upgrading 10.4 --> 10.5 *Questions!*

Discussion in 'macOS' started by anyafloris, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. anyafloris macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2010
    Hi there,

    I know there are many topics addressing this upgrade (as well as many other web resources) but I am picky and specific, and I haven't been able to find exactly what I want to know, haha.

    Specs: 12" Aluminum Powerbook G4, PPC, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB HD. (as you can see, nothing changed from 2005...)

    I am currently running 10.4, but I think I would like to upgrade to 10.5.


    1. Should I upgrade to 10.5 when 10.4 has such a stable reputation and has always run well for me?

    2. Has anyone had trouble running 10.5 with 512 MB RAM?

    3. Do I need to upgrade hardware (ram, hd) for 10.5 to run smoothly? (tight budget...)

    4. What upgrade option is the cleanest? (archive, erase, etc...)

    I really want to go about this the right way since this computer has survived 5 years, two spills, and still runs beautifully!

    Thank you in advance!
  2. Queen of Spades macrumors 68030

    Queen of Spades

    May 9, 2008
    The Iron Throne
    Honestly, I wouldn't upgrade to Leopard, especially since you say Tiger is working just fine for you.

    I upgraded a friend's Core Duo MacBook Pro, and it was noticeably sluggish with Leopard. He ended up going back to Tiger.

    I can't speak about the RAM, since he had 2GB of RAM, not 512MB. I would put any money you have for upgrades toward saving for a new computer, and ride out the 12" PB as long as you can.

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