Leopard on Powerbook G4: More memory needed?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Belvo, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. Belvo macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2007
    I've just installed Leopard 10.5.1 and it seems a bit slow. e.g. Help is REALLY slow. Any advice on how best to upgrade? More memory? If so, what's best? ... and where to buy? Here's my System Profiler detail:

    Model Name: PowerBook G4 15"
    Model Identifier: PowerBook5,6
    Processor Name: PowerPC G4 (1.2)
    Processor Speed: 1.67 GHz
    Number Of CPUs: 1
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
    Memory: 512 MB
    Bus Speed: 167 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: 4.9.1f1

    Advice welcome.
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Yeah, it'd go much better with an extra gigabyte or so of RAM.
  3. IChing macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2007
    I think you really need more memory. My powerbook 133hz runs fine with 1.25 gig...
  4. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    How slow? :D
  5. amiroo79 macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2008
    Calabasas, CA
    Mine too!!!

    I need help too. I bought a used powerbook g4 on ebay. It's a 1.5GHz, 512MB RAM, 12" with the latest version of leopard (10.5.2).

    This thing simply crawls. There's no other way of explaining it. The fan is always on. when I load a DVD disk, the spinning thing keeps spinning n doesn't stop.

    Is it just the RAM? BTW, I have a 1GB stick on the way and should have it tomorrow or Saturday.

    Any clues? I even monitored the temperatures and nothing is near the upper spec limit on the temps.

  6. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    More RAM will help immensely. I'm running 1.5GB on my PB and Leopard works great.

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