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I got a PowerBook G4 and the OS it has got on it is OS X 10.4.11 tiger and i want to get at least OS X 10.5, the specs of my PowerBook are:
Machine Name:PowerBook G4 15"
Machine Model:PowerBook5,2
CPU Type:PowerPC G4 (1.1)
Number Of CPUs:1
CPU Speed:1.25 GHz
L2 Cache (per CPU):512 KB
Memory:1 GB
Bus Speed:167 MHz
Boot ROM Version:4.7.1f1(1.1)

will OSX Leopard work on it. If you need to know any more hardware just ask, also if it will work where can i legally get a copy of it because i don't know if the Apple stores still sell Leopard.
post #2 of 9
Leopard should work-but it won't be snappy. Snow Leopard was for Intel Core architecture and above only.

If you're in the US, I might have a copy of Leopard retail that I could drop in the mail....I'd have to go dig to make sure I have it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Skripka;12407145 
Leopard should work-but it won't be snappy. .
what exactly do you mean by wont be snappy and i am in the UK frown.gif but thanks for the offer anyway tongue.gif
post #4 of 9
I have a PowerBook G4 1.25GHz and upgraded from 10.4 to 10.5, its quite slow and takes a lot of time to respond, hence switched back to 10.4. You won't get 10.5 from Apple anymore, try eBay or such for used copies.
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Originally Posted by JCG;12407197 
I have a PowerBook G4 1.25GHz and upgraded from 10.4 to 10.5, its quite slow and takes a lot of time to respond, hence switched back to 10.4. You won't get 10.5 from Apple anymore, try eBay or such for used copies.

ah ok il keep it ok 10.4.11 then lol this tread didn't last very long
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JCG;12407197 
I have a PowerBook G4 1.25GHz and upgraded from 10.4 to 10.5, its quite slow and takes a lot of time to respond, hence switched back to 10.4. You won't get 10.5 from Apple anymore, try eBay or such for used copies.

I had a G4 15" powerbook a few years back and upgraded to Leopard.

Boot times as I recall:

Tiger:
~45 seconds to usable desktop

Leopard:
~2-3minutes to usable desktop
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Just wondering, how do you find your G4, even with 10.4? Does it get really hot even with light use? (I can't place mine on my lap at all frown.gif) And do you still use the original battery?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Skripka;12407230 
I had a G4 15" powerbook a few years back and upgraded to Leopard.

Boot times as I recall:

Tiger:
~45 seconds to usable desktop

Leopard:
~2-3minutes to usable desktop
I got kinda similar results too (Leopard didn't take that long ..)
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Just wondering, how do you find your G4, even with 10.4? Does it get really hot even with light use? (I can't place mine on my lap at all frown.gif) And do you still use the original battery?
its ok i tried opening as many safari windows as i could and it started to slow down after 200 which is a hell of a lot more than i was going to open lol im not complaining about tiger i just wanted leopard and i dont know about the heat lol i put mine on a metal table so it acts like a heat sink and it just gets slightly above room temperature, and i do use the original battery it charges fully from 0% in about 2 hours and it lasts about 1 hour -1:30 with the backlight down although sometimes when i plug it in to charge and theres more than 90% it sometimes doesnt charge until it gets below 89%
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Quote:
Originally Posted by andrews2547;12407478 
its ok i tried opening as many safari windows as i could and it started to slow down after 200 which is a hell of a lot more than i was going to open lol im not complaining about tiger i just wanted leopard and i dont know about the heat lol i put mine on a metal table so it acts like a heat sink and it just gets slightly above room temperature, and i do use the original battery it charges fully from 0% in about 2 hours and it lasts about 1 hour -1:30 with the backlight down although sometimes when i plug it in to charge and theres more than 90% it sometimes doesnt charge until it gets below 89%
That's pretty good then, especially the battery bit! Mine lasts about 10 minutes. redface.gif The problem was that the machine was left unused for about 2yrs, with the battery left in, so its pretty much ruined. I can't do anything without mains power. So I now leave it plugged in 24/7 and its running as a web server.

As to heat, bought a cheapo cooler stand with 3 fans (60mm IIRC) for £5, but they were loud and moved pretty much no air. So replaced them 3 with a 140mm Antec tri-cool. Dropped temps a few degrees. smile.gif
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