Leopard makes PB G4 faster or slower?

cyberone

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Got a 1.67GHz G4 Powerbook.

Runs fine, but not too fast on Tiger.

Gizmodo just wrote about Leopard:

- Feels fast on a PowerBook G4 1.33GHz

Can anybody confirm?
 

Selenolycus

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Some in #macosx on Freenode have said their PPC machines feel faster with Leopard.

Haven't got a chance to install it on the family's iBook yet, though, so I can't give a personal account of improvement.
 
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tersono

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It might feel a little faster when first installed, simply because of the optimisation routines that get run at the time. In real terms, however, performance is generally similar to Tiger.
 
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cyberone

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tks - that basically looks like a green light to upgrade.

not as with a windoze OS upgrade where you mostly have to upgrade your hardware first.
 
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cyberone

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for those with a PB G4 and hesitate: no reason to!

just did it - with archive and fresh install.

took about an hour and five minutes.

everything runs smoothly so far.

looks faster! still lots to discover.
 
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Heb1228

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Just installed on PB 1.33. It seems quick enough, but spotlight is telling me 3 more hours before indexing is done, so it will not be up to full performance until then. Spotlight indexing seems to use less processing power than it did in Tiger. I'd be willing to bet that 90% of people complaining of slowness just haven't waited for the indexing process to finish.
 
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Masquerade

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im using a g4 400 with leopard (changed the distribuition list) with 512mb..
is slower, much slower than 10.4. since is a single g4 chip, i can assume that all the g4 models will be slower, betting that all ppc architecture will be slower.
 
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JW008

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I'm using a 12" 1.5 with only 512 MB. It works fairly well. But if for no other reason to upgrade, I'd do it for the added feature of now being able to "right click" by putting two fingers on the track pad. I've been wanting that for a while.
 
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Sean7512

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I'm using a 12" 1.5 with only 512 MB. It works fairly well. But if for no other reason to upgrade, I'd do it for the added feature of now being able to "right click" by putting two fingers on the track pad. I've been wanting that for a while.
That is in Tiger, as I'm using it on my MacBook right now :) Maybe you just missed it?
 
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green86

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Uh check my post in the Leopard Sluggish thread. My computer is much slower, its UI xbench scores dropped from 51 to 21 (!). Everything is choppier.

My machine is 1.5 ghz PowerBook G4 with 1.5 GB of Ram and a 100 GB 5400 RPM Toshiba with 16mb of cache with 52 GB free...
 
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riverfreak

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im using a g4 400 with leopard (changed the distribuition list) with 512mb..
is slower, much slower than 10.4. since is a single g4 chip, i can assume that all the g4 models will be slower, betting that all ppc architecture will be slower.
More likely, your machine needs more RAM.

Leopard is running vastly quicker than 10.4 on my 1.67 GHz Alum PB with 2GB RAM. Granted, it's a different machine, but still...
 
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JW008

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That is in Tiger, as I'm using it on my MacBook right now :) Maybe you just missed it?
It's in Tiger on the MacBooks, but they JUST included it in the PowerBooks with Leopard! Odd that they would take the time to add functionality specifically to a three-year old computer, but hey, I'm not complaining!
 
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Blurg

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Did an archive and install on my PB G4 1.25, 768 MB. It was sluggish while Spotlight was indexing, but now that it's finished Leopard is flying. It's legitimately faster. I never noticed any speed increases with any other Tiger point updates (or event Panther to Tiger), but I feel like I've upgraded my processor or something. Definitely worth installing.
 
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RBMaraman

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Did a clean install on my PB 1.67, 1.5 gigs of RAM.

Definitely faster than Tiger.

BUT, when I'm running on battery, my airport connection will constantly drop. The minute I plug back in to the AC adaptor, the connection stays constant. Anyone else having this issue?
 
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Cvstos

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So my Al PB G4 would like the upgrade?

1.5Ghz G4
1GB RAM
ATi Radeon Mobility 9700

Would it be able to render all the crazy dock effects and such?
 
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