Upgrade PowerBookG4 10.3 to 10.4 or 10.5

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dspiper, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. dspiper macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2010
    I need to upgrade my PowerBook G4. Currently running OS 10.3.9 , 1 GHz w/ 512 mb memory. I plan to boost memory to 1.24 gb, then want to upgrade OS. Can I go directly to 10.5, and if yes, what's the best way to do it. Or would I be better off just upgrading to 10.4. Please keep answers as simple as possible - I'm not the most computer savvy person.
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    In my opinion I'd go with 10.4. It seems to run the nicest on G4's. The 10.4 discs are becoming hard to find. So you could get along with 10.5 as well.
  3. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    I once had a 1.33 GHz iBook G4 with the same amount of RAM you plan to upgrade yours to. It didn't really like Leopard too much, and it ran like a champ with Tiger. So I'd obviously recommend 10.4
  4. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2009
    stick with 10.4 for your machine, it'll run like a dream on that, since you said your not very tech savvy, the easiest way would be to find discs on ebay or craigslist ;) make sure the discs are black ( retail ) as grey discs ( machine specific ) wont work unless it's the correct machine model ;)
  5. dspiper thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2010
  6. mabaker macrumors 65816


    Jan 19, 2008
    10.4 runs far faster than Leo and lacks only Time Machine and Spaces - apps which you can get for free for Tiger and enjoy its snappiness. :D

    I truly think Tiger is the golden standard of Mac OS X up till today.
  7. Morris macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2006
    London, Europe
    My Powerbook G4 with 1.5GHz CPU and 1.25GB RAM works like a charm on Leopard. There is plenty of software that now needs 10.5 as a minimum so I'm glad I upgraded from Tiger to Leopard. It makes my 5 year old G4 still feel current.
  8. Hal Itosis macrumors 6502a

    Hal Itosis

    Feb 20, 2010

    Plus Time Machine on top of that...

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