Leopard on an iBook G4 - Is it worth it?

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

  1. steelphantom macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2005
    I have an aging iBook (1.33gHz G4, 1GB RAM) and I'm wondering if I should even bother upgrading to Leopard. I guess I should wait to see what other people's experiences are, but I'm just curious. Will Leopard take up too much of my poor iBook's resources? I don't even want to buy it if it's going to run much slower than Tiger.
  2. otis123 macrumors 6502a

    May 4, 2006
    aging? i have the same model (but with 1.5GB of ram) this machine is well above the requirements for 10.5, i plan on upgrading and from what i've heard PowerPC machines actually gain speed with leopard, i think its totally worth it
  3. DanB91 macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2007
    of course its worth it!! i have the same exact model too. im getting leopard first day! i cant wait :)
  4. The Man macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2004
    And my old 1 Ghz iBook?

    How about a 1 GHz iBook with 1.12 GB RAM?

    As excited I am about Leopard, I'm hesitant to upgrade. Maybe my iBook will run it, technically, but I also ocasionally use apps like Final Cut on it. I don't want Leopard to suck my RAM and processor dry and leave nothing left for these apps.

    Maybe it's time to upgrade my Mac, but I won't have the money until maybe late next year. I really haven't been more excited about a Mac OS X release in years.
  5. dborja macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2007
    Northern California
    I'm buying a family pack to upgrade my Intel iMac, son's Macbook and my G4 iBook (1.5GB). From what I understand, it will work fine and even improve my iBook's performance... Since I need the family pack anyway for the iMac and the Macbook, I might as well throw it on my iBook; if it doesn't work well on the iBook, I'll just reinstall Tiger from the recovery disk that came with it...:)
  6. steelphantom thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2005
    Well, it seems like most of you think that Leopard will actually run better than Tiger on an iBook. I think I'll still wait and see how things go for those who do upgrade before I decide whether to buy Leopard.
  7. dborja macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2007
    Northern California
    Sounds good. Bump this thread on Saturday if you want and I'll provide initial impressions of Leopard performance on my iBook (1.33 GHz, 1.5 GB)... :)
  8. bdorpetzl macrumors regular


    Jul 13, 2007
    Port Washington, Wisconsin - Boats and Beer . . .
    I plan on upgrading my wife's similarly configured iBook to Leopard. I'm sure it will work like a charm.
  9. JoeCanadian macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Thanks dborja

    Thanks dborja. I have the exact same iBook; the last version of the iBook G4 1.33 GHz with 1.5 GB of memory. I look forward to hearing your experiences with Leopard.
  10. dborja macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2007
    Northern California
    Will do. I'm about to install in a few minutes. I'll post initial results tomorrow morning.

    I bought the family pack and was able to talk myself into three shirts! My wife, our son and I will be advertising Leopard tomorrow!:)
  11. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    installed on my ibook early today...absolutely flies, definitely recommended
    The menu bar isn't transparent, time machine background doesn't 'move' but other than that it's nice and speedy.
  12. jamesi macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2005
    Davis CA
    wouldnt final cut run slow regardless
  13. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    What iBook do you have, Sky Blue?
  14. TodVader macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2005
    Quebec, Canada
    I'm running Leopard on the computer in my sig and it runs faster than Tiger. CS2 runs silk smooth too.
  15. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    14 inch 1.33 G4
    1.25 GB RAM

    I did an erase and install too.
  16. Objectivist-C macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2006
    Anyone on a last-gen iBook (the one with the Radeon 9550)? Is the menu bar transparent / does Time Machine have the moving background? Other impressions?
  17. rolex54 macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2007
    Houston, TX
    i have that exact model
    the menu bar is partially transparent just like this one http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=1722115312&size=o
    i honestly havnt even used time machine yet because i am still taking things off my external hard drive which had the backup on it.
  18. The Man macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2004
    Yes, what's your point? If it runs, it runs. Editing works great. Some effects need long rendering times. But I do not have the luxury to be picky. If Final Cut runs on my 1 GHz iBook, why not? I'm just using it to learn the app. When I upgrade my Mac later next year, I will have mastered Final Cut editing. That's the only thing that counts. Besides, a little inconvenience of speed only makes you more determined and lets you learn to be efficient with whatever tools you get.
  19. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    If you're not doing anything too demanding, Leopard on a G4 with 512mb RAM is fine (running off of an iPod no less!). Give it 1.5gigs and I think it'll fly
  20. Thirteenva macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2002
    Anyone install on a 1ghz Aluminum Powerbook yet?

    I want to upgrade but really don't want this already aging machine to feel any older as its my primary home mac.

    However, I'm tempted to run leopard since i'm upgrading my G5 powermac at work and regularly sync the two.
  21. Whoshnot macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2007
    I have heard of someone who managed to install Leopard on a 800 mhz iMac, thus UNDER the requirement of minimum 867. So I guess an iBook at 1.33 Ghz will run Leopard just fine...
  22. aussie_geek macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    Sydney Australia
    Leopard flies on my Powerbook G4 - 1 gb ram 1.5ghz processor.
  23. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    Since I just read about the advanced parental controls on Leopard, I'm considering putting Leopard on my daughter's 1.07ghz iBook! :D
  24. fideli macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2007
    It's good to hear that iBooks are doing well. I have an iBook G4 1.2 GHz with 1.25 GB of RAM (maxed out). When Tiger came out, I read somewhere about the technical details (maybe Ars?) where they mentioned that every iteration of OS X actually runs faster on older hardware, rather than the other way around. So I'm looking forward to a speed bump after installation.
  25. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    anyone with a 1GHz 768Meg RAM iBook?


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