I installed iWork '09 on my iBook G3!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by RedCroissant, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. RedCroissant Suspended

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    I'm sure that I'm not the first one to do this, but I just tried it and it happened to work...I mean it happened to "iWork."


    Pretty awesome. I can only run one of the apps at a time...maybe two if I'm lucky, but it is pretty nice to have such a nice set of apps running on a machine that was never meant to.
     
  2. jrsx macrumors 65816

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    That's funny, I downloaded the trial for iWork 09' a couple of days ago on my G4 running Tiger! Then I reformatted the drive and did a dual boot of Tiger and Leopard. It's still pretty modern! I know now that G4s can run iWork 09' out of the box, but I thought it was too new until I did some research. Pretty awesome program. What OS are you using?
     
  3. trewyn15 macrumors 6502

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    I'll have to see how it works on my G5, probably even better yet.

    It's pretty crazy how well these 'old' machines handle some of these newer programs and are really sticking with the times!
     
  4. RedCroissant thread starter Suspended

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    That's why I thought it was remarkable because the iBook G3 technically doesn't meet the requirements for iWork. iLife doesn't even instal at all and an alert pops up when I try to install an app individually.

    I'm running OS X Tiger 10.4.11 on my iBook 900MHz G3 with 640MB RAM and a 40GB HDD.

    My 14" iBook G4 is kind of going down the drain, so it's awesome that this one works.
     
  5. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Which iBook? Most likely not a clamshell? Hahaha.

    My MacBook Pro's keyboard is acting screwy. :(
     
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    I never really got on with iWork '09 running on any of my PowerPC Macs full stop. They took FOREVER to open, even on my G5. And then when they did open they were usable, but not a lot of fun at all to use (especially on the iBook). I always ended up going back to AppleWorks 6 - simple, elegant and works lightning fast on any hardware out there. If it had better compatibility with modern printers and MS Office I'd still be using it today.
     
  7. Andropov macrumors regular

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    I got iWork '08 running on a 300Mhz PowerMac G3 overclocked to 400Mhz, and it was usable (kind of), so I thought iWork '09 would be perfectly usable on a computer more than 20 times faster...
     
  8. RedCroissant thread starter Suspended

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    It's my 900MHz, 640MB 12" iBook G3.

    I didn't expect it to actually install, but it did and it seems to work fine. I'm not going to be using it for much more than basic surfing and documents, so I think it'll work out great. And as soon as I can take the paint off of the extra top and bottom cases, then it'll look even better.
     
  9. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Apple's requirements for iWork 09 include 500 MHz G4, and OS X 10.4.11 (among others), so maybe the 900 MHz passed the reqs, even though a G3.
    I've got a 600MHz iMac, maybe I'll try that out.
    Your iBook has 32MB VRAM, which is also an iWork req.
    My iMac is only 16MB, so that appears to be the stopper for that iWork 09...
     
  10. jrsx macrumors 65816

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    Leopard was like that, OpenFirmware could be hacked so it could be installed on a G3, but even 900 Mhz G3s weren't supported for 10.5, even while surpassing the 867 Mhz requirements.
     
  11. RedCroissant thread starter Suspended

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    Yeah, I noticed those requirements, but the one that I thought was most important was the Intel, G5, or G4 CPU which my iBook did not meet.
     
  12. tdbmoss macrumors regular

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    iWork doesn't seem to contain any system requirement checks despite officially requiring that G4 - I installed '09 fine on a clamshell iBook G3/366 years ago and it didn't complain at all, still works too!

    MS Office 2008 also works on all G3s and doesn't display any alerts when installing despite also officially requiring a G4/500, takes forever to load though :p

    iPhoto and iWeb '08 work on G3s if extracted individually eg using Pacifist - for the other apps you're stuck with '05 which was the last iLife version to officially support G3s, as the later versions have had the G3 code removed and won't launch. None of the '09 apps work as they are all Leopard-only.
     

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