Leopard from a PPC perspective...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by lamina, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. lamina macrumors 68000

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    My 17" PowerBook is now graced with a (legal) copy of Leopard.

    The first thing I noticed was the improved startup time. This thing boots FAST. Faster than Tiger.

    Also, Dashboard loads widgets a lot more quickly.

    I was expecting some slow-down, since I have a PowerPC Mac, but I am pleasantly surprised at the performance INCREASE that I've experienced so far with Leopard.

    Mind you, it's only been a few hours.

    Oh, and my PowerBook sleeps a lot faster now too.

    More to come.
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    Its great to hear that...hopefully it will fix the wake-up speed problems on my Macbook too...
     
  3. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    Wow. It sounds like Microsoft will have to copy these things as well. Just out of curiosity, how much RAM do you have?
     
  4. Frozentoast macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the heads up. PPC performance has been one of my niggles, I shall definitely be upgrading now.
     
  5. cohibadad macrumors 6502a

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    Leopard seed (client and server) work great on my Dual 1Ghz G4 with 1 Gb RAM. Can't wait to upgrade my Powerbook G4 1Ghz.
     
  6. Southern macrumors regular

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    Good to know that someone is checking it out on older hardware. I can report to my Dad that his Dual G5 Powermac is still up to the job of running Leopard without a decrease in speed.

    Shame the same cannot be said of Vista *shakes head*
     
  7. MLeepson macrumors 6502

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    Phew...
    *Wipes forehead*
    I have a 1 Ghz 15" PB with, I think, half a gig of RAM. Now that people have confirmed Leopard working well with PPC, all I need is a powercord for it. :p
     
  8. VIREBEL661 macrumors regular

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    I have a last generation 12" PowerBook... I've read that the DVD player requires a 1.6 GHZ proc... Does the DVD player work fine on your system?

    Thanks in advance...
     
  9. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Thats only regarding the scaling feature of DVD player. Doesn't need a 1.6ghz proc just to play movies.
     
  10. otis123 macrumors 6502a

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    the PowerPC is a wonderful platform, apple wont kill it till at least 10.8, but the G4 could die with 10.6
     
  11. lamina thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The CoverFlow view in Finder works very very well, but I notice a bit of load time for the icons. This is likely due to the fact that it's loading data off of a hard drive, and not to do with processor speed.

    Although I wonder how the pitiful 167MHz frontside bus is limiting my performance with CoverFlow in Finder...

    Anyway..

    Safari also seems a lot more 'at home' in Leopard. It also runs a bit faster than in Tiger, but that might be due to the fact that my Leopard install is only a few hours old. It may also be due to the fact that I am absolutely ecstatic about Leopard right now.

    I do notice the new Dock is a little buggy with magnification. It seems where the dock ends, about half way up the icons, the icons get split when moving quickly from left to right or vice versa. I see this as a small bug that will likely be fixed with 10.5.1.

    The screensavers perform exceptionally well... far beyond what I expected. Although, there is a pretty decent video card in my PowerBook.

    One more thing...

    I should give the specs of my PowerBook.

    17" 1.67GHz PowerBook Last rev, purchased March 13, 2006
    2GB DDR2 RAM
    120GB HDD
    128MB ATI Mobility Radeon 9700

    I apologize for the disorganization of my thread.
     
  12. lamina thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The second thing I tried was the DVD player. I tried the scaling thingy, works fine. Doesn't seem to be heavy on the processor.

    All in all, this is a true upgrade, as far as performance and functionality.

    I'm happy.
     
  13. otis123 macrumors 6502a

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    i hope i get a speed boost with my compy (see below) how did you install 10.5?
     
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    Classic.
     
  16. acearchie macrumors 68040

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    Sounds like apple once again doing the "Over exagerate = Happy customers!"

    I heard a great analogy for it in these very forums: A pizza boys knows he can make his destination in 20 minutes but says it will be there in 40 minutes so if he is delyaed in traffic and takes 30 minutes the customer is still happy!

    I believe apple are doing the same here and it is similar to the upgrading times which have been quoted as being done in only 30 minutes!
     
  17. unity macrumors 6502a

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    I think you are right... but I am still waiting for my pizza.
     
  18. lamina thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That's a very good question, I should have mentioned that before.

    I backed up all my documents and important stuff and did an erase and install.

    What a great feeling. Like a new-ish pair of underwear straight out of the dryer.

    I am still playing around with it as we speak.

    I hated the translucent menubar at first, but it looks awesome with my background.
     
  19. iSaint macrumors 603

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    I have a similar PB, only 15", and maybe a couple of months older as far as production date. Glad to hear the good report. Thanks!
     
  20. otis123 macrumors 6502a

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    can we get some screenshots, (about this mac) and other stuff?
     
  21. lamina thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Sure.

    If you can think of 'other stuff', let me know :)

    Edit:

    PS: iPhoto runs a LOT faster when scrubbing through albums via 'events' view... meaning the pictures show up a lot quicker as I move my mouse across an event.
     

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  22. VIREBEL661 macrumors regular

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    Awesome - thank you :)
     
  23. someone28624 macrumors 6502a

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    A 2 gig machine is gonna be snappy no matter what, no? Still, sounds very cool.

    I have some concerns about quick view lagging. Problem?
     
  24. someone28624 macrumors 6502a

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    And btw, I love that you named your computer "Thor." Very nice.
     

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