leopard on a 12" pb

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Freyqq, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    I have an old 12" pb 1.5 ghz with 1.25gig ram. I was thinking about putting leopard on it, but i'm afraid that tiger would run faster on it. Does anyone have a 12" with leopard? Does it run well? Is it faster or slower than tiger was? Thanks.
  2. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

    Apr 29, 2005
    It runs MUCH better with Leopard that Tiger. I have the exact same PB.
    I don't know if the video drivers were updated or something else but the screen looks much better to me as well. No as washed out.
  3. FJ218700 macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2007
    Blue Dot, Red State
    runs and looks better on my 1.67 (15 inch) too.
  4. Kamikaze macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2006
    Denver, Colorado

    Thanks for asking the question. I just upgraded my HD to 7200 and max'd the ram thinking Tiger was as far as I dare go. This is good news:D:D:D:D

    Thanks Guys & Gals
  5. Kelleheretic macrumors newbie


    Apr 22, 2006
    Rexburg, ID/Wilmington, DE
    I'm very curious to hear about Leopard running on a 12" PowerBook with 867MHz. I'm looking to buy one, and want to know just how worth it the extra 133MHz and 40 dollars of a 1GHz model is as far as Leopard performance goes. I'd be maxing the RAM as soon as possible.
  6. Bowlerguy10 macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2007
    At my computer
    I think that that is awsome that you can get SO much longevity from a Mac computer. Windows gives you maybe what? A year?
  7. Freyqq thread starter macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    that isn't really a fair statement. I have a 5 y/o P4 system that works fine in xp. In fact, it is much faster than the 12" pb I own as well (2 years old).
  8. NEiMac macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2007
    THe really dry side of the Pacific NW
    As much as I hate windows and would love to bash it, this really isn't true. You can use windows machines for quite some time, depending on what you use them for and how good a machine you get. When you cant get a up to date windows for it anymore you can stick linux on there and use it another couple years too.
  9. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030


    Jan 10, 2007
    I have the same setup. Leopard is faster, but in my scenario I did an erase and install since I have an external backup drive. Used Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the Tiger so now if I have to go back to Tiger for some reason I can. I'm enjoying Leopard. The menu bar is NOT semi-transparent though. I guess that's a bonus for us PPC users, as I hear the transparent menu bar is hard to read, depending on the type of desktop background one is using.
  10. Freyqq thread starter macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    What you could have said was that new mac OS are faster than the last, which is in some cases true.

    In windows, new OS are usually slower.

    hardware is still hardware though and intel/amd > G4.
  11. aussie_geek macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    Sydney Australia
    Runs like a firecracker on my PowerBook G4 15 inch - only 1 gig of ram.

  12. bucketofsoupyum macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2007

    I am gonna upgrade machine, I am running a 12" G4 with 1 GHZ
  13. DaveTheGrey macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2003
    that will be interesting. please report your experience :)
  14. dogtanian macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2007
    Bournemouth, UK
    Ditto, I've got the same set up and wondering if its worth it.
  15. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2005
    Posting from a 1.5 ghz 12 inch PB running on leopard quite well. Awesome so far, things seem to open faster, I can't quantity it though, but it seems like a worthy upgrade. go for it.
  16. droo94 macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2007
    It's been working very well for me so far (Erase & Install, was running Panther). Safari is very fast and I think it seems to manage battery life better. Maybe I was using a "bonehead" setting before, but when I'd put my computer to sleep I'd often lose 5-7% time remaining when I woke it back up. I'm seeing a 0-2% drop in Leopard.

    Again, as noted earlier I was running Panther before, not Tiger, so this upgrade is more significant for me overall.
  17. Tymmz macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2005
    Great to hear that it's working well. I guess I will put Leopard on my 12''er too. Can't wait. Love some of Leopards new features.
  18. tibi08 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2007
    Brighton, UK
    Put Leopard on my Powerbook G4 1.5Ghz 768Mb RAM today.... all seems to run smoothly.

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