Make my PowerPC FASTER!

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MysticCow

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WIKI POST, so feel free to edit and add as you need to. Links and commands are more than welcome.

All right, this kind of thing keeps getting asked, so it might behoove us to place everything like this in one post to help. Items in parenthesis (these things) are what you can search for using your browser's search function for easy access.

What can/will make your PowerPC Mac a faster Mac?

CONTENTS:
1. General (GEN1)
2. Features and Eye Candy - LEOPARD ONLY (FEC1)
2. TenFourFox (TFF1)
3. Safari and Webkit browsers (SWB1)
4. Hardware upgrades (HAR1)
5. Others (OTR1)


GENERAL (GEN1)
FEATURES AND EYE CANDY - LEOPARD ONLY (FEC1)
  • Turn of translucent menu bar with the Desktop and Screen Saver or Secrets Pref Panes.
  • Enable 2D dock: defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES
  • Disable Dashboad: defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES
  • Enable QuartzGL (quartzgl leopard): sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.windowserver QuartzGLEnabled -boolean YES
  • Disable BeamSync (beamsync leopard) - DON'T DO THIS IF USING A CRT DISPLAY (LIKE AN EMAC): sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.windowserver Compositor -dict deferredUpdates 0

TENFOURFOX (TFF1)

SAFARI/WEBKIT (SWB1)
HARDWARE (HAR1)
OTHERS (OTR1)
  • Use MiniTube with Linux for YouTube. Compiling it is the best idea as it gets updated frequently. Link: http://flavio.tordini.org/minitube
  • Use lightweight desktop environments with Linux (MATE, LXDE and XFCE)
  • Use CorePlayer Mobile under OS X for video playback. 720p works nicely on a 1GHz G4 and 360p works fine on a 400MHz G4. Look for it on Macintosh Garden.
  • iCooked for PowerPC 750FX chips. For the last of the G3 iBooks, this can overclock your processor on the fly.
 
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WIKI POST, so feel free to edit and add as you need to. Links and commands are more than welcome.

All right, this kind of thing keeps getting asked, so it might behoove us to place everything like this in one post to help. Items in parenthesis (these things) are what you can search for using your browser's search function for easy access.

What can/will make your PowerPC Mac a faster Mac?

CONTENTS:
1. General (GEN1)
2. Features and Eye Candy - LEOPARD ONLY (FEC1)
2. TenFourFox (TFF1)
3. Safari and Webkit browsers (SWB1)
4. Hardware upgrades (HAR1)


GENERAL (GEN1)
FEATURES AND EYE CANDY - LEOPARD ONLY (FEC1)
  • Turn of translucent menu bar with the Desktop and Screen Saver or Secrets Pref Panes.
  • Enable 2D dock: defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES
  • Disable Dashboad: defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES
  • Enable QuartzGL (quartzgl leopard): sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.windowserver QuartzGLEnabled -boolean YES
  • Disable BeamSync (beamsync leopard) - DON'T DO THIS IF USING A CRT DISPLAY (LIKE AN EMAC): sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.windowserver Compositor -dict deferredUpdates 0

TENFOURFOX (TFF1)

SAFARI/WEBKIT (SWB1)
HARDWARE (HAR1)
I like the contents. Good initiative. :)
 
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eyoungren

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Mods, perhaps this thread should become a sticky? If TFF tweaks made it this certainly should.
There is a finite amount of space that the mods allow to be used for stickied posts at the top of the forum. Generally, they object to more than what is there right now.

And there are many threads worthy of this, such as @Altemose's Leopard enhancement guide.

The day my T4Fx post was stickied it was also suggested that my Dropbox thread be stickied. I didn't push because getting the T4Fx thread stickied was enough then.

If you petition the mods, @maflynn being the one who usually helps our particular forum out, who knows though.
 
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AmazingHenry

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There is a finite amount of space that the mods allow to be used for stickied posts at the top of the forum. Generally, they object to more than what is there right now.

And there are many threads worthy of this, such as @Altemose's Leopard enhancement guide.

The day my T4Fx post was stickied it was also suggested that my Dropbox thread be stickied. I didn't push because getting the T4Fx thread stickied was enough then.

If you petition the mods, @maflynn being the one who usually helps our particular forum out, who knows though.
If they're worried about space, I would remove the FAQ thread. It's not really Frequent questions, it's EVERY question and it's very long and complicated. Also, questions that are answered in the FAQ thread are constantly asked, which leads me to assume that nobody looks through it before posting.

@maflynn What do you think about this?
 

eyoungren

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If they're worried about space, I would remove the FAQ thread. It's not really Frequent questions, it's EVERY question and it's very long and complicated. Also, questions that are answered in the FAQ thread are constantly asked, which leads me to assume that nobody looks through it before posting.

@maflynn What do you think about this?
LOL! [Mike, I am adding to this, it's not just an LOL comment! ;)]

The FAQ thread has been stickied since I signed up here. And people do read it. It has a lot of useful information and I believe has prevented more posts than you know.

Or, just how many "How can I get Sierra to install on my iBook G3?" posts do you read every day?
 

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Added an Others part for some tips with Linux. Hope it's not a problem as using Ubuntu MATE is the best way to run a recent OS for me :) GPU acceleration works too since Minetest works decently in OpenGL mode :eek:
 
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LOL! [Mike, I am adding to this, it's not just an LOL comment! ;)]

The FAQ thread has been stickied since I signed up here. And people do read it. It has a lot of useful information and I believe has prevented more posts than you know.

Or, just how many "How can I get Sierra to install on my iBook G3?" posts do you read every day?
It probably has prevented a lot of posts. But there's certainly a lot it doesn't prevent. I constantly see posts that could be answered just by reading the FAQ thread.

You're most likely right, as you've been on the forum a lot longer than I have. Just my input. ;)
 

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It probably has prevented a lot of posts. But there's certainly a lot it doesn't prevent. I constantly see posts that could be answered just by reading the FAQ thread.

You're most likely right, as you've been on the forum a lot longer than I have. Just my input. ;)
Your opinion is as valid as mine, no matter how long I've been here.

I do agree that there are questions that could be answered in the FAQ. We should all redirect people who ask those questions to the FAQ (I've seen that done in the past). That answer should be enough for the user asking the question.
 
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Your opinion is as valid as mine, no matter how long I've been here.

I do agree that there are questions that could be answered in the FAQ. We should all redirect people who ask those questions to the FAQ (I've seen that done in the past). That answer should be enough for the user asking the question.
Or maybe people that only have a few posts in this forum should be asked to visit the FAQ before posting something (an automatic process before your post going through). A quiz might help lol

(Or maybe a big banner reading : Because a Leopard has snow, it doesn't mean it's not different..)
 

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In my opinion one sticky thread would be enough, and it should be the "F.A.Q. for PowerPC Macs" thread. With every section we need at its place. We could add in it "Best ways to watch YouTube on PPC Macs" with links for threads in which we have all our methods, or "How to make you PowerPC Mac faster" with the link to this thread, or "How to tune up your Linux installation on PPC Macs" with links to Linux PPC threads and so on.

@amagichnich the difference without the 2D dock IS huge (at least on my MDD G4 with radeon9000), with the 3D one the system is a lot slower. Can't tell you about the translucent menu bar as I never got it enabled due to my hardware.
 

amagichnich

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There is a finite amount of space that the mods allow to be used for stickied posts at the top of the forum. Generally, they object to more than what is there right now.

And there are many threads worthy of this, such as @Altemose's Leopard enhancement guide.

The day my T4Fx post was stickied it was also suggested that my Dropbox thread be stickied. I didn't push because getting the T4Fx thread stickied was enough then.

If you petition the mods, @maflynn being the one who usually helps our particular forum out, who knows though.
What about a sticky post about speed tweaks that redirects to all the other ones? Or one big 'all you need to know about speed' where everything is included? That could easily be extended and updated and would still only use only one sticky post
 

eyoungren

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What about a sticky post about speed tweaks that redirects to all the other ones? Or one big 'all you need to know about speed' where everything is included?
Sounds like this thread.

Or perhaps making the FAQ thread a Wiki.

I like the idea. I wish I could make it happen, but only the mods can make those decisions.
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In my opinion one sticky thread would be enough, and it should be the "F.A.Q. for PowerPC Macs" thread. With every section we need at its place. We could add in it "Best ways to watch YouTube on PPC Macs" with links for threads in which we have all our methods, or "How to make you PowerPC Mac faster" with the link to this thread, or "How to tune up your Linux installation on PPC Macs" with links to Linux PPC threads and so on.

@amagichnich the difference without the 2D dock IS huge (at least on my MDD G4 with radeon9000), with the 3D one the system is a lot slower. Can't tell you about the translucent menu bar as I never got it enabled due to my hardware.
^^^This. Making the FAQ a Wiki would also mean users could edit it.

Create an important thread and then add a link to it in to the FAQ.
 

AmazingHenry

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How much is the difference without the translucent menu bar and the 2D Dock?
Ans what about the sierra theme? It gas a translucent menu bar and therefore slows down my Mac Mini by default?
2D dock difference is huge, as @pochopsp said. Transparent menu bar doesn't make that big a difference. The difference really isn't noticeable.
What about a sticky post about speed tweaks that redirects to all the other ones? Or one big 'all you need to know about speed' where everything is included? That could easily be extended and updated and would still only use only one sticky post
I like that idea too!
 
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