Best OS for my system

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jsucher, Oct 1, 2006.

  1. jsucher macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2006
    I am buying an iBook and I need to know the best OS that I should run on my system. I am using it for iTunes and word processing with the occasional web browsing because I have airport, but my house isn't wireless. The iBook is 800 MhZ or less and 512 mb or RAM or less. Any suggestions?
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    I run Tiger on my 500 MHz iBook with 384 MB of RAM and it's much snappier than Panther was. It can't handle the Core Image eye candy like the ripple effect in Dashboard, but it runs pretty well on my machine.
  3. frankblundt macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2005
    South of the border
    Tiger should be fine, tho more RAM would be better. There seem to be mixed feelings around here as to whether Tiger runs faster or slower than Panther on the older Macs, I'm in the former camp.

    I wouldn't go any earlier, unless you want to go full retro and load System 7
  4. OnceUGoMac macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    I have an 800 MHz, G4 iBook with 640 MB RAM and it runs Tiger quite well sans the ripple effect as the video card is not up to par.
  5. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    Tiger would be fine. Panther would also be good and you could get it for cheap.
  6. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tiger is literally fine on any system with AGP based video and a ton of RAM for the tasks you are speaking. This includes the earliest AGP systems with like 350mhz processors. Your 800mhz iBook is more than adequate, and you will even be able to do movie editing with iMovie if you desired.

    Tiger is getting pretty old now and Leopard is just around the corner... an earlier version of the OS is going to feel old quickly without access to the latest versions of software, including Safari and iTunes.
  7. Foxglove9 macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2006
    New York City
    This is a good question. My sister is looking to get a used mac for internet browsing and word processing. And I was looking into a cheap imac G3 but was afraid Tiger would crawl on the machine and she wouldn't like it.

    So you think Tiger would be okay on a G3 too?
  8. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    I run Tiger on a 350mhz Powermac G3 with only 256mb of RAM. It actually works well and is stable. It isn't going to feel as quick as a G4 computer, but it should be fine for most tasks!
  9. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    Tiger. I run Tiger on my ageing G3 600Mhz iBook, 640MB RAM and it's fine for the things you describe. I upgraded it from Panther, and whilst the performance/usability difference is not a marked improvement like it was going from Jaguar to Panther, it's more than worth it for the features such as improved security, dashboard, spotlight and numerous other little niceties. Max out the RAM if possible.
  10. Hockeypuck macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2006
    We run Tiger on a Graphite G3 iMac and a G3 iBook just fine. Like the others said, you don't get the rotating box effects and stuff, but they work fine.

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