Leopard on G4 Powerbooks...

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by pvp803, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. pvp803 macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2007
    Washington, DC
    do you think Leopard will run comfortably on a G4 1Ghz 1gb ram powerbook? i read somewhere Apple set the requirements at 1Ghz processor minimum. i'm concerned the new flashy desktop will slow down the entire powerbook and make the upgrade not worth it.
  2. McBob macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Same Same

    Hey im running the same set up as you just with the 1.33ghz model. I suspect you should be okay with leopard considering the general architecture isn't that far from tiger which im assuming runs great as it does with me!

    The only time the old Powerbook is going to struggle is when 10.6 hits the shelves (if its still ticking over by then that is). Especially if it drops PPC support as some rumours are suggesting, although if 10.6 is to be the last version in the os X series i dont see why Apple would do this.

  3. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    You'll be fine. The min Clock speed is 800mHz. But yes, it won't be as snappy as it could be. Max out the RAM to gain better performance.
  4. iDAG macrumors 65816


    Sep 9, 2007
    Athens, Ohio
    I thought they raised the min clock speed to 867MHz?
  5. DaveTheGrey macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2003
    according to another thread, apple did that.

    i would wait till leopard is released a check the forums again.
    Eyecandy could be a problem (e.g. watereffect in dashboard)
    But perhaps Apple will turn off features like that in mac with low specs.
    just my 2 cents...
  6. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Is there actually a limit? I just made up a number that was well below the OP's computer so that he had peace of mind. :rolleyes:
  7. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    Tiger became sluggish on my Al 12" 867mhz as the updates mounted. I'm sure that Leopard will be usable on an older G4 but you'll likely see some sluggishness and lots of spinning rainbow wheels.
  8. FJ218700 macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2007
    Blue Dot, Red State
    The first builds were capable of running on all G4's. One guy I talked to had it on his cube and said it was as quick as Tiger. I'd love to introduce my TiBook to Leopard.

    So, I've upped the processor in my Sawtooth from 500 MHz to a dual 1300. Does anyone know if I'm going to have a problem with the retail Leopard install on that system?

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