The PowerBook G3 "Lombard" running OS X Public Beta Challenge

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by AlbertEinstein, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. AlbertEinstein macrumors regular


    Jan 3, 2013
    I have decided to use my PowerBook G3 Lombard running OS X Public Beta as my main computer this entire week, starting today. It's connected using an original Dial-Up modem from 1999.

    With the amazing power of 512 MB memory, 400 MHz and two batteries for the amazing amount of 10 hours idle use.

    With the latest discussions about the PowerPC and it's overall sluggishness compared to the Intel machines i wanted to use my old trusty Lombard that ran the early beta of OS X to see if that really was the case, as i recall it being pretty fast. I'm also a little nutty.

    AppleWorks 6.0.4
    TIFFany 3
    OmniWeb 4

    This weeks work:
    -Create a outline for the coming financial quarter.
    -Hold a presentation for the sales division.
    -Fix up the "marketing material" (pictures)
    -Write the last chapter of that novel that i didn't finish.
    -Diagrams, diagrams, diagrams...

    Wish me the best of luck.:apple:
  2. G4TheWin macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2012
    A ditch somewhere
    If you want your Lombard to be speedy, don't install Public Beta. Panther (Mac OS X 10.3) runs way faster, as there are no speed enhancements whatsoever in Public Beta. Plus, your software selection will be a little less out of date. Unless you really want Public Beta, don't try it. Not only that, but your hardware clock has to be set to before 2001, if I'm not mistaken. Unless your laptop has a dead PRAM battery, that is.
  3. Imixmuan macrumors 6502

    Dec 18, 2010
    I salute you

    and your inherent courage, but....I have to agree for G4thewin here, Panther would be a much better performer. I have rarely expeirenced pain such as trying out the Mac OS X public beta on my 400 mhz Titanium G4 back in the day. It was horrible. Mac OS X really stood out in the early 2000's, as each version of OS X ran better than the last, until Leopard that is. Maybe performance is not at all the point of your challenge. Its your challenge, of course.

    Classilla running in Classic is probably a better (and safer) bet than Omniweb 4, I haven't used Omniweb 4 in a long time, but its very old, and I am pretty sure wasn't webkit based. Kaiser really has done a lot to make Classilla secure since 2009 and as reasonably web standard compliant as he possibly can.

    I demand updates and youtube videos of your PowerPC adventure. Please.
  4. ickystay macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2006
    Oh boy! Now you can hook up all your old scsi devices!
  5. blesscheese macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Central CA
    Yikes, I remember 10.0 through 10.2.8 being slow...10.3 was great, and using XPostFacto, 10.4 wasn't that bad either.

    I remember *feeling* like a beta tester when running 10.0...
  6. AlbertEinstein thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 3, 2013
    Just to make it clear: This computer never got any updates beyond the Public Beta. The PRAM died a long time ago and it was soon replaced with a Pismo (running OS X 10.0.4).

    True, but this install does not contain Mac OS 9. My browsing needs are miniscule, only visiting MacRumors, Ars & corporate errands (which happen to be optimized for old browsers).

    Sorry, they are reserved for the PowerMac.

    The Public Beta is actually quite OK. It runs smoothly and seems to boot faster than my Cube G4 (running OS X 10.4, not slimmed with XPost).

    Update coming soon...:apple:
  7. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    XPostFacto is not a slimmer, it is a means of installing versions of OS X on unsupported machines.
  8. AlbertEinstein thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 3, 2013
    Day 1:
    Yesterday was mostly settling in with the system. It actually feels really good. This was the top of the line Lombard when it was shipped, and that is defeniently reflected upon the overall snappy-ness.

    OmniWeb 4 works great for viewing MacRumors. Sure, there are certain rendering problems, but otherwise it works fairly well.

    A problem that i encountered was that the version of Quicktime that the Public Beta was sent out with was a old version of Quicktime 4. It's not very optimized and crashes quite frequently. This is also proving to be a problem with AppleWorks, which requires Quicktime 4.1.2, and no version of 4.1.2 works on the Public Beta as it was an update for OS 9. If anyone has any ideas, don't hesitate to pm.

    Another problem is that i can't connect harddrives nor USB sticks. Not a big problem per se, but still a minor annoyance. Mice work fine.

    Will keep you all updated as this goes on.

    Sorry, i was thinking of something else. My bad.:apple:
  9. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    Yes, you are a little nutty!! I wish you luck with the week..

    Videos/pics & benchmarks of things (page loading, boot times, etc) would really be appreciated! If you need any other software maybe we can help :D
  10. AlbertEinstein thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 3, 2013
    Day 2

    Clocked it. It starts up in about 15 seconds and shuts down in about 3. Neato.

    For you who are interested in the system, here it is:
    With the power of 400 MHz and 512 MB of RAM and two batteries it is a beast of a machine.
    Sadly, it has some flaws. The top i cracked and the PRAM is completely dead. Some of the ports appear to have rusted as well.

    But enough about the PowerBook and on towards the OS!

    Say hello to Finder! Or "Desktop" as he is called in the Public Beta.

    And the Apple in the middle. Abusing it is to no avail, it is only a decoration.

    The dock looks good on stills, but with magnification turned on it becomes a huge resource-hog. (Take note of Internet Explorer!)

    Working with "Sketch" and Image Importer. Pretty neat software.

    Quicktime eats processing power like mad! Unusable, but the VR's and trailers Apple provide run okay-ish.

    That's all for today, actually got some work done as well. But that's all I'm allowed to say.:apple:
  11. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
  12. Goftrey macrumors 68000


    May 20, 2011
    Wales, UK

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