Translucent Menu Bar in Leopard

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by d88co88, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. d88co88 macrumors 6502


    Dec 8, 2009
    First off, I apologize if this has been asked elsewhere before, but I am wondering if I can enable leopard's translucent menu bar on an old PowerMac G4 Sawtooth with the Rage 128 Pro graphics card. I am not looking to upgrade the graphics card at all, just wondering if this can be done with something like a terminal command or something like that. I am running Mac OS 10.5 (no updates, just 10.5). Can this be done? Thanks!!
  2. SuperJudge macrumors 6502


    Apr 2, 2008
    The Triangle, NC
    I'm pretty sure that's a Quartz Extreme thing, and your vid card can't do QE.
  3. zen.state, Mar 31, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2011

    zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    It was on by default in 10.5 and didn't have a GUI option to turn it off till around 10.5.2. So if you're running 10.5 and don't have it then you can't with your card. I have never tried to run 10.5.x on any system that didn't at least support QE.

    Not sure why you would want it transparent anyway as most people hated it which is why they built in a check box in the desktop preference pane like shown below. I run 10.5.8 by the way..


    EDIT: Found this info..

    "Translucent Finder Menu on 450 MHz Power Mac G4

    From Casey:

    Good afternoon Dan,

    I was reading the article regarding the translucent menu bar in Leopard being tied to the speed of the processor itself. I don't believe the processor totally controls whether the menu bar appears translucent or not. I am currently running 10.5.1 on a Power Mac G4 that is stock other than the upgraded GeForce 6200 video card, larger hard drive, and dual-layer burner. The processor is rated at 450 MHz, and I only have 384 MB of RAM installed. I have had the translucent menu bar from day one of 10.5 install.

    translucent menubar in Leopard

    With that being said, I believe that there is more to it than just what processor is currently installed.



    At this point, we have one G4/450 user (you) with a GeForce 6200 with the translucent menu bar and one G4/500 dual with the same video card and an opaque menu - but translucent when a 1.8 GHz upgrade is installed. I am at a loss to explain this.


    To sum up.. some think the CPU needs to be a certain minimum speed for the transparency and some think it's a non-quartz extreme/core image card that stops it. There is evidence to show both sides could be right. Hard to say..

    My Sawtooth with a 1.8GHz G4 7448 and a Geforce 6200 that supports every graphic option/feature in 10.5 does allow the transparent bar but as you see in that small screen snap I don't have it on. I personally hate it. To each their own.
  4. Dave H, Mar 31, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2011

    Dave H macrumors 6502

    Dave H

    Mar 2, 2008
    10.5 doesn't provide any video acceleration for the Rage 128 for lack of drivers, but the drivers from 10.4 can be used in 10.5. Instructions are here. It won't give you the translucent menu, but it should help otherwise.
  5. Nameci macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
    Me too, I don't like to turn the transparency thing, more windowish. :D
  6. 76ShovelHead macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2010
    You can enable transparency regardless of the Video card, its gonna cost you though. $10 I believe. You want to download and install Application Enhancer from unsanity (It's free, google it), then browse through their site and download and install Silk (Free 15 Day trial but $10 to purchase). Log out/in and viola you got a transparent menu bar.

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