Leopard on a Powerbook G4?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by gan6660, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. gan6660 macrumors 65816


    Aug 18, 2008
    Ok, I have a Powerbook G4 with
    1.25 ghz g4 proccessor
    1.5gb ram
    80gb hd
    airport extreme
    Will it be able to work well with leopard?
    Also I am getting an iMac for Christmas will I be able to use those disk to install leopard on the powerbook?
  2. shoulin333 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2007
    i had a 1.5ghz powerbook with leopard on it.... It runs well, but Tiger is faster espically when playing back high rez video
  3. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Your powerbook will run Leopard.

    Your iMac disc's will not work on it. You will need a retail copy.
  4. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
  5. Kaupa macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2008
    Well there is a hack to disable the machine check, but its not allowed to run one copy on to machines...
  6. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    You can't anyways because the iMac is probably Intel(OP didn't state?) and you can't install Intel OS on a PPC machine.

    So yeah, Just go out and pick up a Retail DVD of Leopard for $75? on ebay. It will run it well. You should also upgrade to 2gb(max) to get the best performance too.
  7. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    LOL! Like you can't buy one copy of Mac OS and install it on 10,000 macs? You can.

    But as pointed out, it's probably an Intel iMac, making it a no-go.

    Actually it's definitely an intel iMac, otherwise it wouldn't be coming with Leopard.
  8. Dagless Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Yup, it'll run it. I just gave my folks my old G4 Powerbook with Leopard on it. No complaints here, cept it did take a while to boot and shutdown. Personally I'd stick with Tiger for such a machine.

    If Snow Leopard still runs on PPC macs then I'd wait for that, what with it being more effecient and jazz.
  9. Davy.Shalom macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2008
    Apple is dumping support for PPC with Snow Leopard. It is a shame. Leopard is your best bet, but tiger was MADE to run on PPC, leopard CAN, but will be a bit slower. Haha, I have both, one on each partition. Keep the old tiger discs around just in case you get sick of the slow boot times and lagg when running things like photoshop (use CS2)

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