Should I update to 10.4.9 on my iBook G4 happily running 10.4.6?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by beethovengirl, May 10, 2007.

  1. beethovengirl macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2004
    Hi, I have a 3 year old iBook G4 1.07 GHz with 1.25 GB RAM happily running 10.4.6. Awhile back, I installed 10.4.7, which caused my iBook to crash constantly. I took my iBook to an Apple store, and they re-installed 10.4.6, which fixed the problem. Now I am wary of installing updates, and I'm curious whether I should update to 10.4.9. I searched and did see a couple negative experiences with 10.4.9 on iBooks, but I don't know if those were anomalous. [My experience with 10.4.7 was apparently not anomalous.]

    iBook G4 users...what do you think?

    thanks for your help :)
  2. Xeem macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2005
    The only issue I've had with 10.4.9 is that my Warcraft 3: the Frozen Throne disc image, which I made a while back so I wouldn't have to carry the CD with me, somehow became damaged when I switched from 10.4.8 to 10.4.9 and requires confirmation when loading it, which unfortunately messed up a little script I made that loaded the image and then the game. Other than that, I haven't had any issues on my iBook G4.
  3. beethovengirl thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2004
    thanks for your reply, Xeem! Have you noticed any improvements with 10.4.9? [FWIW, I'm not a gamer; I mostly use Mail, Safari, Firefox, Preview, iTunes, and M$ Word.]
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    No major improvements for me, but 10.4.9 has treated my iBook fine. I did have to re-install Flash Player after the latest security update, for reasons I don't understand. But that's the only problem I've had on the last few dot updates with Tiger.

    You need the latest dot upgrade of Tiger to get the latest security updates, right? Or is that not true? I'd think getting 10.4.9 would be wise purely from the standpoint of patching vulnerabilities. It's been a relatively active six months for Apple in this regard.
  5. beethovengirl thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2004
    Does anyone have any more input?

    Also, if I decide to update, what is the best way to go about it? I'm going to repair permissions first...

    thanks! :)
  6. juanster macrumors 68020


    Mar 2, 2007
    yeah i say go for it, if you are feeling really nervous about it maybe you should clone your disc in to a diferent one....
  7. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

    Feb 23, 2006
    Give it a try. I know 10.4.7 introduced a few bugs for me, stability wise as well.
  8. zephead macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2006
    in your pants
    Would you happen to have an external Firewire hard drive? You could use Carbon Copy Cloner to make it boot a cloned version of your iBook's hard drive and install the updates to see if they work or not. If not, no worries, just boot up from your untouched iBook HD again and erase the Firewire HD. That method has saved my parent's iMac from an OS re-install. :)
  9. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2006
    10.4.7 was horrid on my MBP, 10.4.8 and .9 have both been fine though. and the G5 went from 10.4.6 to .9 happily
  10. Telp macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2007
    I have two ibook G4s which i updated and they work just as fine, a bit better even in some cases. Go for the update.
  11. Tom B. macrumors 65816

    Tom B.

    Mar 22, 2006
    10.4.9 runs fine on my 867MHz PowerBook 12" with 640MB RAM. Well apart from being fairly slow, everything runs almost perfectly.

    So on a 1.07GHz iBook with 1.25 GB RAM, it can be nothing short of a lot better.

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