Old iBook G4 so slow

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by iMetalG5, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. iMetalG5 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2005
    I gave my parents my old iBook G4 and it runs 10.5

    Anyway I noticed the HDD is down to 10GB left out of 28GB or whatever it is. And it seems like the thing is just so slow. Safari just clocks and times out and quits. Everything else just seem unusually slow.

    Should i revert back to 10.4? Or is there something else I can look at to help the old G4 work a tad faster. Thoughts?
  2. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    Yes, Tiger should run a little faster on your iBook. Also how much RAM do you have. Having at least 512 MB would be ideal for Tiger, 1.25 GB would be even better.
  3. iMetalG5 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2005
    On the G4 it only has 512

    My parents have a new iMac but i had an old G4 around and just gave it to them so that they could use it all around the house. I installed 10.5 thinking it would be better but now I am not so sure. Safari crashes a lot and fails to load pages.

    so i can revert back to 10.4 by just using the DVDs the G4 came with right?
  4. Capitol P macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2008
    i had 10.5 on my iBook G4 (60gb hd, 1.5 gb ram) and it was starting to be pretty sluggish. i downgraded back to tiger last monday and it's been exponentially better.
  5. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Disable Dashboard.

    Then add ram and upgrade hard drive to a 7200rpm 100 gig or the 250 5400rpm drive. You will notice it runs... fine.

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