Tiger or Leopard for Powerbook G4 1.5GHz?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by kirkbross, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. kirkbross macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Noobie question- Will a Powerbook G4 1.5 GHz with 1GB RAM run Leopard totally fine, or would Tiger run more smoothly? I'm concerned Leopard may bog down the older architecture somehow I'll mostly be running Pro Tools LE for smallish music sessions.

    I will be getting another 1 GB stick of RAM to max it out.
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    leopard, especially with 2 gigs of ram as you say youll have

    time machine alone is worth its weight in gold
  3. Mighuel macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2008
    I'd have to say Leopard. It's considerably more advanced OS than Tiger and it should run fine with your machine. Especially when you add more RAM as dukebound said.
  4. FrankieP macrumors newbie


    Dec 31, 2008
    Outback Queensland, Australia
    Definitely add the RAM.. I've the same system and upgraded to Leopard awhile back and it's sluggish with just the lone Gig. The Leopard though is great.. I didn't upgrade right away as my partner was getting a MacBook and I wanted to see Leopard on his first, and now that I have it I do prefer it to Tiger. Am right now doing a clean install though due to my teeny HD being full and due a spring clean, am hoping it'll perform better afterwards.

    How's your Powerbook with overheating, btw?
  5. LowEnder macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    What is the maximum ram on this model? Fro some reason, I thought it was 1.25
  6. TDM21 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2004
    That is limited to the 12" PowerBooks because they have a 256MB module soldered onto the logic board. The 15" and 17" PowerBooks have two RAM slots that can hold 1GB a piece.
  7. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    How do you figure? In what ways?

    I'd go with the latest version of Tiger... 10.4.11. It's still supported by 99% of new software, and Leopard will slow your computer down. It definitely was not optimized for PowerPCs.

    Personally I prefer the look/feel of Tiger as well.

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