Tiger on G3 iBook with 256mb Ram now or after I get the ram in the mail?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by iClique, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. iClique macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2008
    I am getting the iBook in the mail today. I will be getting the RAM next week. Should I install Tiger over Jaguar today or should I wait till I get the RAM. I have heard a million mixed reviews on how well Tiger works on 256 (and 640!!!).

    Another side question is, If Tiger is too slow for me on 640mb- how easy would it be to downgrade to Panther? Same process (hold down C at startup)?

  2. Bengt77 macrumors 68000


    Jun 7, 2002
    It won't matter. Either installing Tiger now or after you've installed the extra RAM won't matter a bit. So I'd say just do it now. If anything, though, Tiger will be happier if you wait, as it's a bit more RAM-hungry than Jaguar. And no, once you've upgraded to Tiger, you can't downgrade to Jaguar easily. That would involve a full backup and reinstalling the OS from scratch. Then, later, you copy your stuff back over from the backup. But Tiger runs on any Mac with at least a G3 processor and 256MB of RAM (as can be read here), so you should be fine.
  3. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008

    Tiger will run on 256MB. In terms of performance after the upgrade in RAM, it won't matter if the RAM was there before or after the installation if that's one of your concerns.
  4. iClique thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2008
    Just figured I'd let you guys know what happened. Put Tiger on it with 256 and it worked, just not as well as I'd have liked. I got a 512 stick in the mail today, popped it in and it's a zippy little machine! I like it. Not as fast or powerful as my HP desktop, but that's not what I wanted with this machine. For 100 bucks, I have a portable blog machine. :) Thanks for the help guys.

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