Which OS for Powerbook G3 Pismo

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by caerws, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. caerws macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2008
    Hello, I'm after some information regarding my 400MHZ G3 Pismo. Which versions of OS X can I use on this machine, I don't want anything too up to date but while looking on eBay it seems that people will sell me any version promising that it will work, but I'm dubious as I realise that most discs are machine specific.

    I may have other issues with this machine, but I'll not know the extent until I've tried an OS on it as it's empty at present.
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    it can use any version up to Tiger because Leopard requires a G4 at 867 MHz. id say install Tiger but Panther may run quicker because of the lack of Spotlight, Dashboard etc.
  3. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
  4. noodle654 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2005
    Never Ender
    I would go for Panther...Tiger will run too slow.
  5. wpc33 macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2006
    Vancouver, BC
    Tiger does NOT run slow! It's great on my Pismo.
    400MHz G3 384 mb

    Do Tiger. These fellow nerds of mine are underestimating how good the "old" stuff is.
  6. jcoop macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    Tiger will definitely work, but I second those who suggest Jaguar--it's less of a resource hog, and the Pismo has fewer hoggable resources.
  7. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    I've 10.3 and 10.4 boot partitions on my iMac G3 and there is no speed difference that I can see. So take your pick.
  8. viggen61 macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2002
    New Jersey
    Agreed. I've a 400 Mhz Pismo, 512 MB RAM, and it runs just fine (or did... I haven't used it much since I bought my MBP!).

    Max the RAM (I believe it's 512MB officially, according to Apple, but I've heard that you can make a pair of 512s work in it, for a total of 1GB), and - if you haven't already - install a bigger HDD.

    My biggest issues in keeping the Pismo running were: the crappy LG DVD drive, and the battery (mine is dead, so I need a new one...).

    Have a happy 4th!

  9. kabunaru Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
    Get Panther. Panther seems to run the best on G3 machines. :)
  10. PLin macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2003
    I have 1GB of RAM installed in my Pismo, and it works great. I also upgraded it to a 500MHz G4, and I'm running 10.4.11. It sure does run great for an 8 year old computer. Try running XP on an 8 year old PC laptop.
  11. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    Tiger will run great, especially if you upgrade to more than 512 MB RAM (recommended for any version of OS X)

    Someone mentioned Jaguar... which is an awful idea, since 10.2 is not only horribly outdated, it's rather slower than Panther/Tiger.

    I'd recommend against Panther, too, as there's not much new software for it.

    Tiger's a really great OS, I"d go for that.

    If you really wanted to, you could get a G4 upgrade card, and use a 3rd-party software to install Leopard. Wouldn't really advise it though, I think it'd be pretty slow.
  12. viggen61 macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2002
    New Jersey
    Hmmm... Isn't XP an 8-year-old OS, though?

    But I get your point.


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