Tiger or Leapord on 1.5 PowerBook?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by jrachuy, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. jrachuy macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2008
    Picked up a nice 1.5 15" PowerBook and I was just curious what OS would run the best? It currently only has 512mb, but I'm sure I'll throw another 512mb stick in it. Any thoughts appreciated!
  2. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    I currently run Tiger on my 1.5Ghz PB. I have 2GB RAM in there. I'm waiting for Leopard to become more stable before switching to that.
  3. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    As much as I'd like to say Leopard, I really think you should stick w. Tiger right now. Very stable for the PB. I've run into some "issues" running Leopard on older Macs - and newer ones for that matter.
  4. annk Administrator


    Staff Member

    Apr 18, 2004
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    I have a 17" 1.5 GHz PB, and although I like the features of Leopard, I must admit it ran snappier with Tiger. I've got 2 GB of RAM. When I only had 1 GB, Leopard was a problem.
  5. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Yeah, if you have less than 1GB on a machine that old, I'd say sticking with Tiger is probably your best bet.
  6. Pees330 macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2006
    Las Vegas, NV
    If you are only going to stay with 512 ram I would go with Tiger. If you want to run Leopard smoothly you will need to add in some ram. It's not too expensive to max it out.
  7. Brianstorm91 macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2007
    Cambridge, UK
    I'm running 10.5.2 on a 1.33GHz/512MB PowerBook and yeah alright, 10.4's faster but come on - 10.5 is fine.
  8. rishi13 macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2007
    I just sold my PB 1.5 but I would highly highly suggest maxing it out by throwing in a 1 GB stick. There is already 256 MB built in, so just replace the accessible ram slot with a 1GB stick. I was running leopard perfectly fine. Expose actions were smooth as was the general interface, etc.

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